Ted's Big Ride 2009---Day Five

Medora, ND to Red Lodge, MT
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Last night I rode through Red Lodge and kept going hoping to reach Wyoming prior to looking for a place to stay. After going about 20 miles out of town and up into the Beartooth Pass, I realized that it was far too beautiful to not have time to stop and enjoy now and then. I decided to go back to Red Lodge and find a motel. This was not too easy to do because this is a prime place to come for some summer skiing. I finally lucked into the last ground floor room at the motel at the far East side of town. Met some folks there from State College, PA who were here on a ski holiday. Funny, I did not even consider the possibility of skiing on this trip, but I am already overly ambitious. Had a so-so dinner and worked on the last update to this journey. I didn't know that would be the last wi-fi I'd see for some time. As you will see, turning back was one of the BEST decisions I have made on this trip.

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My first taste of real altitude climbing.
The bike handled it just fine.
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Riding time: 11 hours 33 minutes

Actual distance:
    Today = 447 miles,
    Total   = 2,367 miles
Average Miles/Gallon: 40.3
Average Price/Gallon: $2.89 (Premium Grade)
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9:31 AM EDT Leaving the campground area behind.
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2009_06_21/IMG_1907.JPG 10:40 AM This is the cabin Teddy Roosevelt used during his visits to this area of the country.
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11:41 AM EDT
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1:08 PM EDT
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1309 EDT
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1437 EDT
2009_06_21/IMG_1916.JPG 1753 My first view of the snow topped Rockies. I will see the snow up close a personal on my climb to Yellowstone.
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