Montana Road Trip
Summer 1997
I packed a week's worth of stuff,
along with one of my motorcycles,
and made the two-day drive to Miles
City.  With the town as my base
camp, I traveled the back roads on
my motorcycle for two long days,
each approaching 200 miles of pure
freedom.
This picture was taken on a bridge
across the Powder River.  From what
I could tell, the river got its name
from the powder-like sediment that
clouded its waters.
Here's Eastern Montana...God's
Country?
Need to find someone in Montana?  
Just follow the signs...
(70 miles to Miles City)
Almost there...
I reached my destination
Most towns are lucky to have one rodeo hall of famer.
Painted on the wall next to "Joe's career" was
"1975-78
National Champs
1977
4 Super Bowls
Joe - 3 MVP's"
Just me and my ride and a ton of open space.
Just couldn't get enough of those signs...
Cattle guards are cool
I saw a few interesting things on the way to Montana....
(click on photos for full-sized image)
Coal mining in North Dakota
near a town called Zap
Cutting some wheat in North
Dakota
Happy Hay Bales near Golden
Valley
They take their mailboxes
seriously
Makin' hay while the sun shines
One week of vacation and time to kill...where to go?  What to do?  O.K.,
I'm a strange dude (if you've explored this website, then you already
knew that).  I chose Montana, and not the pretty part on the west side. I
was inspired to drive to Eastern Montana because of a book called Bad
Land by Jonathan Raban.  His description of the land was nothing short
of amazing, considering there's not much out there to see except cattle
and endless miles of dirt roads.  He also described a town originally
called Ismay, which changed its name to "Joe" in hopes of attracting
thousands of Joe Montana fans to an annual celebration.  
Unfortunately, Joe, Montana didn't look like it had benefited much from
its Joe Montana shrine on the side of an abandoned Catholic church
.