Pictures: Day 1 - 3

Day 1 / Friday, August 28, 2009

My custom 1998 Suzuki DR650 Adventure, named sanDRina (pronounced sun-dree-nah). All set to go with a few hours to departure. My backrest is the pillion seat from my other bike, a GSX-R. She's setup with Safari 8 gallon gas tank, Corbin seat, flat-slide carb, steering dampener, stainless brake lines and Vapor electronic dash computer, Happy Trails full luggage system, shortened and wide plate kickstand, tool tubes, Lexan windshield, Centech fuse box, Symtec heated grips, 12V DC outlet, GPS, battery voltage monitor and radar detector.


Day 2 / Saturday, August 29, 2009

I got past Minneapolis on the first day and this is towards the end of second day on ND-16 at the border between North Dakota and Montana, heading north to catch US-2 to go west across Montana.

Going through the Little Missouri National Grassland near the Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota and enjoying the colors of the various sediment layers.

Setting up camp for the night under a bridge by the Little Missouri river near the town of Culbertson in eastern Montana.

The sunset produced beautiful colors on the exposed rock surfaces.

Dinner for the night: 1/4 cup couscous with miso coup and chunk tuna. Not a bad meal and I had a spice jar to add some cayenne or garlic salt.

Going to bed as the sun set, trying to catch up on lost sleep in getting ready for the trip.


Day 3 / Sunday, August 30, 2009

The bridge under which I slept the night before.

Rolls of hay awaiting collection. A majority of the farmland out in the plains was devoted to hay, the primary feed for cattle.

Is this an attempt at road side art with rolls of hay...

While Montana might be known for its mountains, the eastern half of the state still comprises of the Great Plains, with flat, straight roads. A good time for audio books.

The winds howl across the big flats and upon reaching some raised land, provide a good spot for capturing the wind with these wind turbines.

Finally, at the end of the third day, my first sight of the Rockies, where I will spend the next 12 days or so deep inside the mountain range working my way south.

At the start of my Continental Divide Ride, the US/Canadian border on the eastern side of Glacier National Park. Turn around and let's head for the Mexican border.

Sheet metal art of maybe neighboring tribes across the 49th parallel displaying friendly border relations.

Heading back south to Aspenwood Campground near the eastern border of Glacier National Park.

I first thought these were wild horse, but the campground owner said they were open range privately owned horses.

Sunset at Aspenwood Campground by the beaver pond.

And look at this cute little guy. The owner said she had quite a few friendly dogs running around the campground, chasing away any wildlife and cattle. This guy really enjoyed playing fetch with that stick and was very well behaved; look at how he's posing so nicely for this shot.

"I know, nice sunset, huh"

And then another one showed up. This guy was a bit more droopy-looking.

He was pretty aggressive with that stick.

Checking out the scene from across a small ditch.

Something smells good...

Next: Day 4, Start of the CDR through Montana

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