More of a slog on the I-15 this morning. I made a stop at Lima, ID to warm up. This is a very nice rest stop!
I didn't linger and was back on the interstate. The wind was blowing and it was cold.....brrrrrrr..... My poor little bike had a heck of a time keeping speed when pulling a long hill with strong headwinds. I'd start out at 83 mph or so with the throttle pegged and watch the speed get slower and slower and slower. Even down shifting didn't give much result. So, I was resigned to slow climbs on the hills.
I wish I had something exciting to tell you but I just slogged along. Traffic was light and only one person tried to run me off the road. I bet they just about peed their pants when I honked my horn and then they saw me. YIKES!!!! Situational awareness! I knew they would try to move into my lane and didn't see me. Gosh, ya just gotta keep an eye out for those losers!
I finally turned off I-15 to I-90 West until Missoula where I got on Highway 93 for a short distance and then Montana Highway 200. Oh man, that was such a treat. The sun was out, no traffic and beautiful scenery along with some nice sweepers. Oh yes! It got even better when I turned onto MT Highway 56 which then turned into Highway 2.
About 20 miles outside of Bonner's Ferry, at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 95, I took another rest stop. Again, very nice and clean.
Just before arriving at the Log Inn in Bonner's Ferry (the host motel), I stopped at a nearby gas station/mini mart. I had just parked the bike and was removing my helmet when another LD rider pulled up and gave me a big hello! Well, hello right back at ya, Adam! Then, I felt arms around me! hahaha, it was Tyler and Sherry Zimmerman! Good stuff. I made a few purchases at the mini mart and headed to the hotel. Here it is!
So, I wasn't the first, second, third or fourth but I also wasn't the last! Here's a shot of my room. We stayed here last year for the Shoot Em Up event and really enjoyed it. Lovely room, clean, tidy, lots of room. So much nicer than the big box and chain motels. I had lucky 13.
Adam was getting the afternoon off to a good start with a beer. Our BBQ this night was within walking distance (or chauffeured by Shaelyn or Sherry Z) so adult beverages were definitely on the agenda.
Then, it was time to BBQ. Here is a photo of the merchants who helped sponsor the 2016 Spring Shoot 'Em Up event. Thank you to each and every one of them!
Tyler Z and Jeff Jones lining up to get their orders in.
We started at the outdoor range. There were big guns, little guns, and unusual guns!
I don't know much about guns but this bad boy was awesome! I was standing about 8 feet behind and could feel the "whoosh" from the back end of the gun when he shot. I then stood off to the side and could see FIRE coming out the barrel. Oh my heck!!! Apparently, it is a competition handgun that has a rifle barrel cut down. Oh my heck!!!
Adam looking very intense. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Risk)
One contest was to shoot 20 rounds within 2 minutes with the winner being the fastest. Those with magazines had a much easier time than those with revolvers! (Photo courtesy of Tyler Risk)
I received an awesome schwag bag. Yippee!!! Cool stuff :-)
Hey, I was the LAST to leave, lol. I'm always surprised if I'm not the last. I did spy Jan Mondale and her hubby Tom Daniels getting ready to leave. We visited for a bit and I bade them farewell. Then it was just me and my bike. Packed and ready to hit the highway.
Now, on the trip up to Bonner's Ferry, the only animal I saw was a fat turkey. Not so lucky on the return trip. I saw another big fat turkey and then a herd of about 10 Rocky Mountain Sheep alongside the road so that I had to slow way down for them. Not too long after that I began seeing the deer......uck! Fortunately, they all behaved and stayed out of the road and out of my way!
Well, I knew I was going to reach a milestone on this trip. My little 2011 BMW F650GS Twin turned 100,000 miles of smiles. I knew it was going to happen and kept my eye on the odo and sure enough, I caught it just perfect. There was a great pull out on the side of the road and I stopped and snapped my pics!
I made a stop in Missoula, MT for gas and food and spotted the Torter's gassing up. They left before me and headed east. I was heading south. By the time I ate, filled up the tanks and was ready to go the weather turned rather nasty with sleet. I was concerned I'd find snow on the passes. Oh well....This time I had added another layer, a long sleeve sweater to my gear. I was so bundled up I could hardly move. I mounted up and hopped on I-90 east to I-15 south with my goal being Idaho Falls, ID, where I had stayed on my trip up. That wasn't going to happen. Around 4:30 or so I was frozen and tired. I stopped in Dillon, MT and found a lovely Best Western where I snagged a room for the night. It wasn't anywhere close to Idaho Falls :-(
I warmed up, turned in and had a good night sleep. The next morning, I again bundled up and got on the Interstate. Yup, it's kind of a drone......on and on and on.......This was the second incident of a cage trying to run me off the road. But, again, situational awareness! It was a young gal in a small sedan - didn't even look much less see me. She just changed lanes, no signal. I hit the brakes and slid in behind her. Humph.....As I passed her I looked at her and she didn't even budge or look at me. Stupid Bit**. You just cannot be alert enough. She had no idea I was there when she made her move or even when I passed her. Oh my.....
I made it through the Salt Lake City corridor before rush hour (yay!) and stopped in Nephi, UT for a break. It was then I realized I was really tired and I needed to just stop for the night. I so wanted to make it home, only another 200 miles but I was toast. Time to stop. There is a very nice Best Western in Nephi, UT and they have very recently updated everything. I was fortunate and got a ground floor room. Yippee! Now, for dinner....what to do? I could order pizza, Chinese or Mexican food for delivery but that would be way too much for one person. Oh, nice, the front desk had stuff you could nuke in your room. I had a really healthy dinner of mac & cheese, Fritos and a Snickers bar. Best part, it was only steps from my door.
The next morning I awoke, had some brekkie in the motel lobby and packed up the bike. Two interesting events before I left. One - a guy on a bike (with another guy on a bike) asked if I had stopped in Dillon, MT the night before. Why, yes, yes I did. Hahahahaha, apparently they had too and left before me and arrived in Nephi after me and he commented that I must had ridden my butt off to get to Nephi when I did. That made me laugh. They were on their way home to California from a week ride-about. Two - for the second time - a man staying at the motel started chatting with me as I loaded my bike. He asked if I was alone - yes - duh! Wasn't I afraid? No - duh! Was I carrying a gun? No. He said I should. He was a retired LEO from Michigan and was pretty adamant that I should be carrying. Well, I do have a concealed carry license but I choose to not carry. My whistle around my neck has served me well whenever I needed to dissuade someone from approaching me. I simply told him a little white lie - I said I traveled into Canada and you can't take your firearm there. That seemed to satisfy him and the conversation turned to other topics.
Shortly thereafter, I was back on the Interstate headed home. I made one stop in Cedar City to fill the gas tank and motored on home. It didn't warm up until about 40 miles from home and even then it only got to 70 something. I will be purchasing a back up heat controller for my heated gear, you can be sure of that!
Oh, I almost forgot. One more idiot. Just two blocks from my house a guy in a small white pickup pulled onto the shoulder and was whipping around to make a U-Turn right in my path. Now, I definitely had the right of way. This guy DIDN'T EVEN LOOK for any traffic. He didn't expect any. It's a rural road that isn't well traveled. Heck, I stopped. Situational awareness again. I anticipated his move and stopped in the middle of the road. Then I honked. Then he looked and stopped almost halfway in the road. I gave him a double Warchild salute. He motioned me to go. Well, duh, you stupid MF, I had the right of way. Of course, I was a bit timid to go but I did. I watched him in my mirror and he pulled onto the street below ours. I almost, almost, almost, turned around to confront him but decided that wouldn't do anything but piss me off and probably piss him off too. So I just rode the last two blocks home, opened the garage door and parked my bike.
I was home, safe and sound. I had a fantastic time. It was an adventure :-) I saw peeps I hadn't seen in a while, met some new peeps, had a ton of fun visiting, playing games, eating good food. I overcame some issues and as always, learned something of value on my ride. I missed my honey and was glad to see him when I got home. AND, the cookies survived fairly well and they were well liked by everyone!
A giant shout out to Tyler, Sherry, Shaelyn and Skyeler Zimmerman for hosting this fantastic event! They went far and beyond expectations and put on a super duper get together. I'm already planning my ride for next year's Spring Shoot 'Em Up!
That's a wrap for this blog. I have no idea what's next on the agenda for riding. Our situation has changed a bit with Eric working full time so we don't have as much flexibility for travel. I'm sure we'll sort something out and have some cool rides this summer. Thanks for following along. I do appreciate knowing that some of you are watching my Spot and reading my blog. I know that if I need assistance, someone is only a few miles away!
Cheers and Hugs,