4 Corners '05
We Did It!
All 4 Corners of the US
As far as one can drive on paved roads in each direction
Key West - San Ysidro - Homer - Madawaska
Plus the Easternmost Point thrown in for good measure - Lubec
41 riding days
427 miles average per riding day
What a great trip!!
After the bikes were
repaired and serviced at
Kane's Harley-Davidson in Calgary we left in the early
morning fog and rain for Billings, Montana. The rain
stopped and the fog cleared in the first fifty miles and
we rode through the pastureland and farms of southern
Crossing the border was a snap (the
passports seemed to have made the border crossing easier
on both sides). We stopped for gas, hot chocolate,
and pastry in St. Mary and regretted we didn't have the
time to ride "Going to the Sun Road" through Glacier
US-89 south out of St. Mary leaves mountain country behind
and quickly flattens into the Montana plains. Long
straight-aways and sweeping curves make the highway a
pleasurable and fast ride. We stopped at Great Falls
for gas before continuing down US-89 to I-90 near Mission.
Local weather forecasts indicated that severe
thunderstorms and hail were in the area and at one point
we did a U-turn on the two-lane road and raced back away
from the rain to don rain gear. It rained as we rode
through the Lewis and Clark National Forest, but we never
saw the lightning or hail. When we hit I-90 dark
clouds followed us as we raced toward Billings. It
was good to arrive dry and a hot meal soon soothed the
aches of the 600 mile day.
The rain clouds following us failed to dim a
fiery red sunset.
The bikes were muddy and bug-splattered
after the ride from Calgary. We rode to a nearby car wash and
hosed the worst of the crud off. My back tire was bald, so we
rode across I-90 to Beartooth Harley-Davidson. They said they
could install a new tire in a couple of hours so we settled in to
wait. It eventually took all day to get the tire installed,
but the friendly people and customer lounge made it a good place to
wait. I worked on the web site, and even got Roe to write the
section about his bike repair in Calgary.
We rode to a small gas station/food market/sandwich shop just west
of Beartooth Harley for a late lunch. We both had burritos.
They weighed about 5 pounds each and stayed with us the rest of the
day as we rode into Rapid City around midnight!
Roe calmly poses with the attacking bear at Beartooth Harley-Davidson and Woody does a "High Five".
Beartooth Harley-Davidson, Billings, Montana.
We left Billings around 4:00 PM
with about 400 miles to go to Rapid City where we had
lodging reservations for the night. We passed
through Sturgis on I-90 about 11:00PM. Traffic was
heavy but not backed up as we thought. Apparently
most people were staying off the road and doing more
Roe snapped the picture above and the picture of Woody
waiting alongside I-90 at twilight (below).
Billings to Rapid City ride was long and tiring after
hanging around Beartooth HD all day. We were happy
to arrive at our Rapid City hotel.
Noon in Sturgis.
Streets in this small South Dakota town were lined with bikes even at
Unfortunately we didn't have time to stick around for the evening.
Every make, model, color, and style of
bike; all modified to suit the owner's taste.
Tattoo parlors were filled to capacity with
a waiting list.
The girl getting tattooed seems to be struggling to enjoy the
experience while her friend may be having second thoughts.
Tattoos appeal not only to the rich and
Wonder how it compares to "Hotdog Heaven" in
Roe and "One-Eyed Jack's".