I love Montana THIS much. For some reason, I was particularly excited to see this state. The name means ‘mountains’ after all. That’s enough to get excited about. I’d been here one other time and loved it. I’d have more time in Rd. 2 and couldn’t wait.
Almost as soon as I entered the state, the scenery changed from Idaho. The mountains softened, the plains widened and the number of horses and cows close to the road increased.
Things seemed to cool down just a bit and the roads straightened a bit as well, something I was looking forward to – sacrilege to the hardcore moto-riders who pray for twisties. I’ve come to learn that I really like long quite slowly arcing country roads more than anything else. Gives you time to just chill out and enjoy the scenery, rather than gripping for the next turn. It’s all fun, but cruising is da best. I like those sortsa runs on my snowboard as well so must be something in the blood.
After I took this photo, I chatted with a coupla motorcycling brothers from British Columbia (5 weeks on the road with no plan – wake up, look at a map and drive – maybe change plans at lunch) and was reminded of the value of just making it up as you go along when you travel. Schedules can ruin the experience. Good lessons for phase two of this journey – the international part. I think I’ll stop planning now..
From there, I was off on Rt. 93 for Missoula to meet up with Seth Warren, a buddy I met through my work at CLIF Bar. Seth had just returned from a 9 month adventure in his vegetable oil-powered Japanese firetruck named, of course, Baby. From the tip of Alaska to the tip of South America, Seth and his buddy Tyler drove on nothing but petroleum free oil – whatever was indigenous to the area they were in – salmon oil in Alaska, hemp oil in BC, veggie oil in the US, palm oil in Central and South America etc. They even ran the thing on pig fat at one point! In addition to the road trip, they educated students along the way at schools about the importance of renewable energy, and enjoyed the swift waters along the way. Seth is also a professional kayaker and an awesome guy.
He put me up at his place and gave me a tour of the city he’s come to love. I can see why. A progressive little mountain town with all sorts of outdoor outlets to satisfy your adventure tooth. Thanks for the hospitality, Seth (and Aaron and Heath!).