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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Would there happen to be a list of hotels in the area? I'm planning on leading a contingent of Canucks from the west coast to sample the local brews.

    https://visitgreatfallsmontana.org/lodging-properties/
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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Would there happen to be a list of hotels in the area? I'm planning on leading a contingent of Canucks from the west coast to sample the local brews.
    Best way I have found in finding hotels is using Google Maps. Enter Montana Expo Park and then click on the "nearby" and select hotels.


    https://www.google.com/maps/search/H...19!2d47.512719
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    Question How far will you "ride-in"... your last travel day to the Great Falls Rally site?

    ...I'm looking at some options for a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon arrival, by about 3pm.

    It would be great, to have the route coincide with a nice Montana Hot Springs opportunity from the day/night before arriving at the ExpoPark.

    Anyone care to share any "hidden gems"... hot springs, campgrounds or other lodging within about 200 - 250 miles that you would recommend?

    "travel'n" John

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    Chico Hot Springs, Pray, MT in Paradise Valley about 45 miles north of Gardiner and the north gate of Yellowstone NP. Beautiful setting, good hot spring and an absolutely fantastic restaurant. We spend our anniversary there every April and ride in Yellowstone before the mobs arrive. After Chico you can ride to GF on Hwy 89 the entire way, 187 miles. A great ride through some high valleys and the Little Belt Mountains.

    Chico is not cheap and you will need reservations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Chico Hot Springs, Pray, MT in Paradise Valley about 45 miles north of Gardiner and the north gate of Yellowstone NP. Beautiful setting, good hot spring and an absolutely fantastic restaurant. We spend our anniversary there every April and ride in Yellowstone before the mobs arrive. After Chico you can ride to GF on Hwy 89 the entire way, 187 miles. A great ride through some high valleys and the Little Belt Mountains.

    Chico is not cheap and you will need reservations.
    +1 on Chico Hot Springs Resort. It may be a bit more than a motel elsewhere but a LOT less than staying IN Yellowstone or Grand Tetons. Also, that time of year you can land some decent rates in Gardener. (again "decent rates" is relative since you are at the gate or Yellowstone)
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    Thanks for the recommendations fellows. Chico seems like a good choice if arriving from the south. And a Bozeman area offering by the KOA isn't bad either.

    I even stumbled on a "high line" offering just east of Malta, Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs... with campground.

    "travel'n" john

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyhi2cfar View Post
    I even stumbled on a "high line" offering just east of Malta, Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs... with campground.
    My wife and I camped there back in 1984, after a rough day in which a car squeezed us off the road coming into Glasgow, MT—fortunately with no damage to the new bike. It was a very nice hot springs and campground and the hot soak was great. Not so much the local hooligans who pulled the stakes from our tent in the middle of the night.
    But yes, a nice place to soak and sleep. Enjoy!

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    Lightbulb Rally Week... only six months away!

    With the Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 20th getting it all started.

    That date will coincide with many of us on the road to the National... where will you be?

    "travel'n" John

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyhi2cfar View Post
    With the Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 20th getting it all started.

    That date will coincide with many of us on the road to the National... where will you be?

    "travel'n" John
    Glenlivet and will have been on the road for two months by the solstice. On that day we’ll be leaving Lopez Island (San Juans of Washington) headed to the North Cascades

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    Glenlivet and will have been on the road for two months by the solstice. On that day we’ll be leaving Lopez Island (San Juans of Washington) headed to the North Cascades

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    Good choice! Enjoy the ferry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    Glenlivet and will have been on the road for two months by the solstice. On that day we’ll be leaving Lopez Island (San Juans of Washington) headed to the North Cascades

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    Wow... and I have only vague idea of what I will be doing next Tuesday.
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    Wow... and I have only vague idea of what I will be doing next Tuesday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyhi2cfar View Post
    The Montana State Map has arrived, along with a friendly welcoming note from the Business Development Director
    of the Great Falls Montana Tourism Office, Kristin Dayao.
    Their host in Lebanon, Mr. Jake Bash, certainly conveyed our enthusiasm and attendance expected for 2020, in returning to basecamp!
    And well depicted on the fantastic document: a really nice map of Great Falls AND the ExpoPark location.
    Leave the Sip'nDip westbound, cross the Central Ave bridge and turn right!
    Other neat stuff shown for example; a good map of Yellowstone NP (WY) ???
    The ghost & mining towns in MT and the location where Gen. Custer was caught with his pants down by Sitting Bull.
    If arriving from the east, or FARGO (777miles)...
    via the Lewis & Clark route/trail, turn right on 3rd St NW at the Post Office, look for ExpoPark about 3 miles along west bank of the Missouri River.
    Yeah... it's a nice map.
    Thanks www.VisitGreatFallsMontana.org
    See you at the mermaid show!

    "travel'n" John
    Dear Santa;

    All I want for Christmas is for the five micro-breweries and the Sip'nDip Lounge to operate shuttles during our rally... and A Mermaid on every bus please.

    Merry Christmas all...
    john

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyhi2cfar View Post
    Dear Santa;

    All I want for Christmas is for the five micro-breweries and the Sip'nDip Lounge to operate shuttles during our rally... and A Mermaid on every bus please.

    Merry Christmas all...
    john

    Ahhhh...Transportation Update:

    Wife learned of my Wish List; she stated if there's a mermaid on the bus... the only way "MY BMW" is going to Montana is just like Lewis & Clark... a slow boat!

    So... should the Chamber of Commerce or the Business Development Director comes through for my wishes... I'll be shipping the bike and on a fly & ride!

    See you in Montana in June, just six months from today. Happy Holidays!

    "travel'n" John

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    Thumbs up See you in great falls...

    This is THE header for the article! Inside the January copy of BMW ON, in my mailbox on New Years Eve... a final enticement for riding in 2020.

    The article by our Rally Chairs, Corey and Becky Smith, detail quite a bit of good information concerning the Rally site and Great Falls itself.

    The best news for me... was revealed in just the third paragraph; there it was, like a treasured Holiday gift:

    "Great Falls is excited to have us, so much so in fact...
    they are providing a FREE TROLLY to take rally-goers from the Expo Park to the downtown area and the many restaurants, breweries and other sights found there."

    I'm guessing you may also ride back; unless the "other sights found there" makes you forget about the last trolly returning!

    Mermaids in Montana might cause that. Yep, Montana... The Last Best Place.

    "travel'n" John

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