Three weeks after the Northern Pancake 200k I headed west with the family to Laurel, Montana for the next brevet of the season. Starting with three other riders at 06:00 in the parking lot of the Laurel Walmart, the weather was perfect for what was to be a great day in the saddle.
The route took us to Columbus along the Yellowstone River then south to Fishtail, Red Lodge, and Belfry, before turning north to Bridger and then back to Columbus via Joliet and Hwy 421. It was a wonderful ride with great roads, scenery, and riding companions.
(Riding with Jason Karp, Montana RBA, with the Yellowstone River to our left)
(First control at Fishtail General Store)
(En route to Red Lodge, with the Beartooth Range to the south)
(Highlight of my day… A quick lunch with Susan and Sarah in downtown Red Lodge)
(Refueling with Jason and Ken in Joliet)
(Leaving Columbus on the last leg to Laurel... ...now the Yellowstone River is to our right)
Overall, a great experience. I’m hopeful we can return to Montana for the next brevet of the season in mid-July.
For additional photos and a more thorough ride report, see Jason Karp’s webpage.