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    Alternate route info north of Missoula?

    A friend and I will be coming from the Spokane area, and I'm looking for an alternate to I-90 into Missoula. No major objection to riding the Interstate, just maybe thinking of a pleasant back country alternate.

    I see a road from south of Ravalli and Arlee across to MT 83 near Seely Lake. It looks to be named "Jocko Rd." Is that section suitable for an RT and a non-BMW cruiser type bike? At my age I'm no longer interested in "GS-ing" on my RT (ha!)

    Anyone in the Missoula, Great Falls, or other local area that can provide info on that route? If not we will just stay on the slab to Missoula then jump on MT 200 to GF. Thanks!
    Marty in Spokane Valley, WA

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    Jocko

    Quote Originally Posted by W7lej1 View Post
    A friend and I will be coming from the Spokane area, and I'm looking for an alternate to I-90 into Missoula. No major objection to riding the Interstate, just maybe thinking of a pleasant back country alternate.

    I see a road from south of Ravalli and Arlee across to MT 83 near Seely Lake. It looks to be named "Jocko Rd." Is that section suitable for an RT and a non-BMW cruiser type bike? At my age I'm no longer interested in "GS-ing" on my RT (ha!)

    Anyone in the Missoula, Great Falls, or other local area that can provide info on that route? If not we will just stay on the slab to Missoula then jump on MT 200 to GF. Thanks!

    The Jocko River Road is a gravel road. On the Flathead Reservation side of the of the divide the road is in fair condition, however, once you cross the divide and leave the Reservation the road becomes somewhat rough for several miles. If I were on a RT or other road bike I would probably avoid the route.

    Keith Blount: Butte, MT

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    Quote Originally Posted by W7lej1 View Post
    A friend and I will be coming from the Spokane area, and I'm looking for an alternate to I-90 into Missoula. No major objection to riding the Interstate, just maybe thinking of a pleasant back country alternate.

    I see a road from south of Ravalli and Arlee across to MT 83 near Seely Lake. It looks to be named "Jocko Rd." Is that section suitable for an RT and a non-BMW cruiser type bike? At my age I'm no longer interested in "GS-ing" on my RT (ha!)

    Anyone in the Missoula, Great Falls, or other local area that can provide info on that route? If not we will just stay on the slab to Missoula then jump on MT 200 to GF. Thanks!
    I really enjoy HWY 2 through Libby, Kalispell Browning and Choctaw. Extra miles can include Libby to Eureka, Whitefish on to Rally. If you choose Hwy 2 stop at Kooteney Falls between Troy and Libby. It is awesome little hike across swinging bridge. Although I will be riding from Florida I lived in Libby for 4 years and road these roads a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenh View Post
    I really enjoy HWY 2 through Libby, Kalispell Browning and Choctaw. Extra miles can include Libby to Eureka, Whitefish on to Rally. If you choose Hwy 2 stop at Kooteney Falls between Troy and Libby. It is awesome little hike across swinging bridge. Although I will be riding from Florida I lived in Libby for 4 years and road these roads a lot.
    +1 for using this route for sure.
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    Re Jocko Rd - Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by kblount View Post
    The Jocko River Road is a gravel road. On the Flathead Reservation side of the of the divide the road is in fair condition, however, once you cross the divide and leave the Reservation the road becomes somewhat rough for several miles. If I were on a RT or other road bike I would probably avoid the route.

    Keith Blount: Butte, MT
    Exactly what I needed to know, thank you!
    Marty in Spokane Valley, WA

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    Hwy 2 - thanks for the tip!

    Quote Originally Posted by allenh View Post
    I really enjoy HWY 2 through Libby, Kalispell Browning and Choctaw. Extra miles can include Libby to Eureka, Whitefish on to Rally. If you choose Hwy 2 stop at Kooteney Falls between Troy and Libby. It is awesome little hike across swinging bridge. Although I will be riding from Florida I lived in Libby for 4 years and road these roads a lot.
    Thank you for the suggestion! My friend and I did a good portion of the route you mentioned three years ago, rode US 2 out east almost to the ND line. And we stopped T Kootenay Falls on that trip.
    Marty in Spokane Valley, WA

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