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    Thanks Kevin!

    That's good info. Now I'm going to back away from the keyboard and finish packing. Appreciate all the excellent feedback on this.

    Dang....for a long-time lurker, I've posted a bunch in the last 24hrs.

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    I suggest you not rely on me or anyone else for real time info that you will use to make travel decisions. Things can change very quickly.
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    Agree. Lee sent me a couple links earlier today that will be excellent resources to keep me up to date. Thanks again for your help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by REBGEN View Post
    Thanks for all the replies!

    Question to PoorUB - I planned to take Hwy 14 West from Greybull to Cody. Hwy 120 North to Hwy 296 (CJH), and then on to the Beartooth Pass. It looks like Beartooth is closed from the Wyoming/MT border to just south of Red Lodge. I have non-refundable reservations that night in Red Lodge Tuesday, 6/22. Not sure I understand how to reach any of the passes on Beartooth if it's shut down south of RL. This will be my first time in this region so I'd welcome any education how to possibly salvage (if needed) that ride.
    You can run up to Belfry and then run over to Red lodge, if that road is open! It may be closed because of the fire. Otherwise head north to Hwy 212 and then back south.

    As for riding Beartooth if the road is closed south of Red Lodge. The only way you can get there is ride 120 up to 296. Run over Chief Joseph and keep going to 212. Take a right on 212 and it will take you to Beartooth. If 212 to Red Lodge is closed on the north side of Beartooth you will have to turn around at some point and ride back to 120. If you ride Beartooth, and I recommend you do! Ride at least to the vista on the north side, then turn around if the road is closed. If you need to double back, run up to Belfry, or all the way up to 212 and back to Red Lodge. It will be a long day, but doable, depending on where you spent the previous night. Trust me, the ride over Chief Joseph and Beartooth is worth the time.

    Also when you come over 14 through the Big Horns, stop at Shell Falls. It is worth the the stop!

    I ride that area every year for the last fifteen years and getting ready to go again so I am fairly familiar with it!

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    Excellent info...thanks!

    Here's my plan for the Big Horns and I'll see if it jives with what you suggested.

    I overnight in Gillette, WY and plan to begin the day riding north on Hwy 16 and swing over to Buffalo. Not having been in this area ever, I relied on threads that talked about riding Ten Sleep. My plan is to ride west out of Buffalo on Hwy 16 through Ten Sleep Canyon, take Hwy 31 up north through Hyattsville to Manderson and continue on Hwy 20 north to my overnight at Greybull.

    Since the ride will be short, I planned to drop my stuff off at my stay and head back out on Hwy 14 east through Shell Canyon. How far up should I ride to on 14?

    Does this sound reasonable or should I consider ditching Ten Sleep and instead ride up I-90 out of Buffalo to Sheridan and take Hwy 14 west through the Big Horns?

    I can not wait to get to these rides....102f here today.

    Thanks again for the helpful tips!

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    Thanks BigJohn!

    It's looking a little more positive compared to last night. Sunday's weather looks like it'll help out a bit too. I know you are in Red lodge the night before me. I'm planning on the Beartooth on Tuesday. Good luck. Hope to meet you at the rally!

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    Any ride across the Big Horns is a good ride. My preference is 14 from Ranchester to Greybull, or cut off and take 14A into Lovell. Beings you have rooms in Greybull I would take 14 over.

    Either road over the Big Horns is entertaining, but like I said, 14 would be my preference. I have been over all of them multiple times.

    You might consider moving your over night from Greybull to Cody and spend a couple hours at the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum, although two hours is far from enough. I have stopped there three times over the years to take it all in.

    I should add, you want to be off Beartooth by 4PM. It is typical for nasty weather to blow over late afternoon and it can get a bit windy and wet. One year we got over pretty late and just caught a bit of rain. We ran into some people that went over Beartooth a half hour later and they said they had to stop because it was raining so hard. There is nowhere nice to stop!
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    That's exactly what I needed to hear. I'm committed to Greybull due to reservations that can't be cancelled. Sounds like I'll re-route I-90 out of Gillette to Ranchester and ride 14 all the way to Greybull. I've heard that stretch is beautiful.

    Affirmative on getting off Beartooth before 4pm. That's a short day for me and I overnight in Red Lodge so no problem.

    Guessing I'll be making a list of alt routes to explore next year.

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    From Gillette take US 14/16 to Buffalo, ride the Cloud Peak Skyway and Ten Sleep Canyon, then do as you planned, take the county road to Sanderson along the Nowood River. bride to Greybull, dump your stuff. Ride US 14 up to Burgess Junction, have some Pie, Ride US 14A West and return to Greybull. If you are feeling groggy at Burgess Junction head East on US 14 go as far as Manchester and reverse course. Remember, "You haven't ridden a road until you've ridden it both ways!"

    I've bailed on Red Lodge, I'm staying with friends near Billings on Tuesday night. I may or may not ride Chief Joseph and Beartooth on Tuesday enroute to Billings, it will depend on the fire and the weather. See ya at the rally.
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    Awesome...see you at the rally! A beer for you as well!

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    The last time I rode Beartooth Pass was in 1999 during the 1999 IronButt Rally. It was about 11:00 at night and snowing. They closed the west gate on the highway about 15 minutes after I went through there. When I came down the east side I was stopped by a trooper who wanted to know how I had gotten there. In all honesty, I have never had a horribly strong urge to go back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjohnsd View Post
    From Gillette take US 14/16 to Buffalo, ride the Cloud Peak Skyway and Ten Sleep Canyon, then do as you planned, take the county road to Sanderson along the Nowood River. bride to Greybull, dump your stuff. Ride US 14 up to Burgess Junction, have some Pie, Ride US 14A West and return to Greybull. If you are feeling groggy at Burgess Junction head East on US 14 go as far as Manchester and reverse course. Remember, "You haven't ridden a road until you've ridden it both ways!"

    I've bailed on Red Lodge, I'm staying with friends near Billings on Tuesday night. I may or may not ride Chief Joseph and Beartooth on Tuesday enroute to Billings, it will depend on the fire and the weather. See ya at the rally.
    This is exactly what I was going to say. Have a safe ride and stop by Shell Falls.Don’t be out too late up high, we have big deer, Elk, Moose and yes free range Cows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    The last time I rode Beartooth Pass was in 1999 during the 1999 IronButt Rally. It was about 11:00 at night and snowing. They closed the west gate on the highway about 15 minutes after I went through there. When I came down the east side I was stopped by a trooper who wanted to know how I had gotten there. In all honesty, I have never had a hooribly strong urge to go back.
    It is a lot nicer ride in the day time, and no snow. It is beautiful country. I rode up Beartooth in July of 2006(?) in snow. We went with a group and most riders turned back. There was 2-3 inches of snow, but he road was warm so it was melting. There was enough car traffic to leave a nice wide wheel track to follow. The snow stopped before we got closer to the summit. The weather was supposed to get better and it did. When we hit the summit it was warm and sunny, t-shirt weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rharrod View Post
    This is exactly what I was going to say. Have a safe ride and stop by Shell Falls.Donít be out too late up high, we have big deer, Elk, Moose and yes free range Cows.
    We also have Cattle Trucks taking cows to the high country summer pasture this month.
    The cows poop and pee in the trucks.
    The poop and pee turns into a nasty slurry that runs out of the trucks onto the road.
    You will often see a greenish brown stripe on the outside of the entrance to a corner, that stripe is very slippery, especially when dry, makes a tar snake seem like child's play. The worst case is where there are two corners in opposite directions following each other, the **** stripe crosses the road right where you are transitioning from left to right. DAMHIK!
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