Montana

THE PILGRIMAGE: A SHORT SUMMARY

THE PILGRIMAGE: A SHORT SUMMARY

34 Days and 3,500 miles later I’m much tanner than I was when I left, Lazarus has a few new parts and a few parts that are still missing.I have met a crazy amount of amazing people who live in this beautiful state, and a few that I really didn’t want to say goodbye to.

There are adventures everywhere. 

Get out and explore your world. You don’t even have to go very far. Just within your own state, you’ll be surprised by the amount of opportunities that will present themselves if you just get out and meet them. 
Often times you’ll meet them when everything goes wrong. Adventure is what happens when your plan goes awry....

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 34 THE LAST DAY

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 34 THE LAST DAY

The Last Day of the Pilgrimage. 
After 34 days touring Montana, 3,500+ miles in state, I couldn’t imagine a better way to end this leg of my trip than riding the last 244 miles with my Father... 

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 33

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 33

When I got to Bannack and found a spot to set up camp, a fellow biker, with a Triumph Tiger, walked up and asked if I wanted to share a camp site with him so we could split the $18 camp fee ($28 for him since he had out of state plates.) I said sure, because a $9 campsite is much better than a $18 site. 
We traded moto adventure stories and then explored Bannack the next morning, before splitting off again...

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 31 & 32

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 31 & 32

I woke up early and did some of the boring house keeping stuff that piles up while you’re on the road. Laundry, emails, all the good stuff. 
By the time I finished that it was about one and I headed into town to have lunch at the Star Bakery in Nevada City, and hopefully ride the train....

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 26-29

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 26-29

With my boots finally dried out, I loaded up, stopped at the Forest Service office to get some more detailed maps of the area, and I headed to the “ghost town” of Rimini...

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 25 Baby's First Watercrossing

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 25 Baby's First Watercrossing

I left White Sulphur Springs with the intention of visiting Diamond City, a ghost town in the Big Belt Mountains, and finishing the day in Helena and Rimini. The weather had different plans. ....

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 23 & 24

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 23 & 24

I hung out in Red Lodge for a little while, ended up talking to another guy who was also doing the “moto-vagabond thing” as he called it, but he has a giant brand new BMW 1200. It was a little funny to talk to him, because the biggest problem he’s had on his trip since leaving Indiana was getting ‘bogged down’ in some mud in the badlands. He had to wait for an hour for the mud to dry, and then got free. Yup.....

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 20-22

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 20-22

Reluctantly, I left the awesome Casey and Hilary in Billings, and made my way down to Bighorn Canyon. I was already in love after only being their an afternoon, plus there’s wild horses
I talked to the ranger at the visitor’s center about Artist Residencies for a bit and it’s very very tempting. I could totally spend two weeks here doing my thing, I may apply for next year. ...

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 18&19

THE PILGRIMAGE: DAY 18&19

I spent the morning exploring the Little Bighorn Battlefield. (For the record, if you have an America the Beautiful Pass (National Parks Annual Pass), it also grants you entry to National Battlefields, Monuments, and Recreation Areas.)...