Friday, May 13, 2011
Pushing on to the Fourth Checkpoint!
Departing Great Falls to the southeast, we will make a dash for another great mountain pass; Beartooth Pass south of Red Lodge, Montana. Going over this pass is a great test of man and machine in the best of weather. Snow in July and August is not unusual. This is one of the most impressive passes we will cross and is our second crossing of the continental divide.
South of Beartooth Pass, we will pass through Cooke City, Montana, the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park America’s first National Park. Proceeding southeast from Cooke City, we will enter Wyoming and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone. We will ride around the top loop of the park, through Mammoth Hot Springs, the park headquarters, and on to Norris and the West Yellowstone Entrance. Leaving Yellowstone to the west, we will enter Idaho and ride south through the Snake River plain to Idaho Falls and Chester’s Grand Teton Harley-Davidson, our forth check point.