July 8, 2012
The camera worked today, almost. The autofocus is now not working.
It was sunny this morning when I got up at 7:30. I said goodbye to Steve and we went our separate ways. I found a sign that said Garnet was only 14 miles it is a ghost town in Montana. I decided to go see it. It was ok, just a bunch of abandon building that someone takes care off. However the road was a blast. I followed it until the detour sign. Then I went around the sign and followed it up to the ghost town. Some of the climbs where 25% grade, and the trail was half washed out at one point, It was only 4 foot wide there. Two of the switch backs where really sharp and I could not have made them in a jeep without back up a couple of times. You would not want to do it in a car. Coming down I took the other path and it was much easier. I
I made my way back to I-90 at Drumand. They were having a parade and rodeo. I sat and watch the parade because the only way to the Highway was the parade route. After the parade I was on my way again.
The motorcycle was making a strange sound. I pulled over and ended up changing the chain. Problem solved, no more noise. I had several people stop to make sure I was OK, they were all hauling or riding motorcycles. This was at a truck stop at 289 and 90.
With the motorcycle running good again, I headed for Yellowstone. I run up a river valley most of the way. The valley was green, but the rest was dry. They where watering to get hay. I entered Yellowstone park and the sights brought back fond memories and made me miss Karen even more. We were here together some years back. I stopped and took some pictures along the way. The camera is not auto focusing now. I have to manually focus.
I run the side of Yellowstone that has a lot of hot places, and not to many animals. Today I saw Elk and Mule Deer. The young mule deer was still in velvet. I also saw a lot of squirrels today.
The weather did not rain on me, but it came close. As I was closing the Continental Divide it was wet and the temperature dropped from 88 F to 49 F. I almost stopped to put on the liner in my jacket. But the road dropped down and I warmed up again.
I pulled into Lewis Lake Campground in Yellowstone. I met another rider from Colorado. His name is Shawn. He is on a BMW 1200R on street tires. He just got the bike 4 days ago and is trying it out. He thinks he needs more aggressive tires. We shared a camp site. We are under a high fire conditions, so no campfire tonight.
It is getting close to bed time. I need to put my food in a bear box and throw away the trash. Then I will crawl into the tent for the night.