Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall in Montana

Nice cool Fall day so decided to take the /5 on a little ride. Installed a new pair of Napoleon Bar End mirrors I recently acquired. The short stemmed OEM mirrors gave me a view of my arms....had some proper long stemmed mirrors but they vibrated and didn't look correct with the Euro Bars.

 Took "Duck Creek Road" which eventually connects to the Yellowstone River Road. Always a nice ride along the river.
 Used to be dozens of 40's - 50's cars lining the river banks for slope protection....the way things were done back in the days. They've removed many of them. There are still many along the river in less accessible areas.
 Went through Laurel MT. and over to the "Canyon Creek Battle" site.
 Most of the "green" has turned to Fall browns / tans.
 Snow flurries in the Pryor Mountains it appears....

 Snow flurries in the Absaroka (Beartooth) Mountains too.
All the Billings deciduous trees are in there Fall colors and leaves are everywhere.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Winter is approaching?

Not much new around here. Been working mostly 6 days a week so not much riding activity. Have tried to ride one of the bikes each weekend as time allows. We took a ride to Belgrade MT. on Labor Day with the intention of attending an Airhead Tech Day, but rode into torrential rain coming into Bozeman. We had a motel reservation so checked in and never got over to the Tech Day location. The following day brought more unsettled weather so we headed back to Billings. Originally planned on a trip through Yellowstone Park but the weather did not agree with that plan. Some areas in and around the Park had snow.
Took a 200 mile sidehack ride around Yellowstone / Big Horn Counties a couple weeks back.

Winter is drawing nearer so I anticipate my work will end in the next 2 - 3 weeks. We'll  pack up and head for Arizona when work slows / weather deteriorates. The Montana weather has been surprisingly warm this Fall, still having 60 - 70 degree temperatures. That will come to a screeching halt before too long.

 We have 3 or 4 motorcycle trips planned as usual for this Winter.
My main Winter focus is a long list of RV repairs and upgrades which are due. Also need to diagnose & repair the old Goldwing as it has been "dead" for the past few months.

Gila Mtns.

Gila Mtns.