July 26, 2011
26.07.2011 - 26.07.2011 32 °C
I had a terrible night's sleep last night. The Comfort Inn in Gillette was a wonderful hotel. It was super clean and quiet. However at 3:30 a.m. a terrible wind woke me up. It sounded like a tornado was going by. It lasted for an hour and a half, keeping me awake.
I was going to take off at 6 a.m. when the sun was up but I wanted to wait to phone Direct-Line Parts to order a few items for the Wing. I couldn't get them on the phone until after 7 a.m. I then waited for over a half hour for them to fax me an invoice for a "goods to follow" form when I cross into Canada. I also ordered a flip-up HJC helmet for Rita from Motorcycle Parts.com.
Anyway, I got on the road around 8 a.m. after I fueled-up. The sky was very overcast and it was a cool 20C. It felt wonderful. There was a little bit of rain on the way north to Buffalo and on to Sheridan before crossing into Montana where the temperature went back up to the 30's. I've been in the country before and have a lot of great memories, so I didn't feel any need to wander off of I-90. It was interesting to note that the mountains west of Buffalo, Wyoming still have a lot of snow on them. The same applied to the mountains around Yellowstone National Park. All the the rivers flowing out of the mountains had a lot of water in them.
It seems this has been an unusual year for weather all over the continent. Riding into Bozeman, the hills were green as Switzerland. Usually in late July, the hills there are burnt brown.
I stopped in Billings, Montana for a sandwich and then stayed on I-90 until Bozeman. It was only 2:30 p.m. but I was feeling very bagged so I pulled into Bozeman an got a room at the Comfort Inn. This is the 3rd time I've stayed here in the past 4 years and the hotel is in noticeably better shape everytime I stay there.
Tomorrow I will keep heading towards home.
Distance today = 625 kms
Distance to date = 15,520 kms