(center - left to right)
John (Capt. Unbound)
Gerry (upper right)
Unbound '03 was a blend
Great Northwest Ride" and "The Big
Sky Ride". By all accounts it was another success -- even though forest fires kept us out of Glacier National
Park. Otherwise, there were no wrecks, no new nicknames, no breakdowns, and no rain (for
John, Chris, Diane and Gerry at least). We covered over 2,400 miles -- our
longest Unbound ride to-date.
- Beartooth Pass certainly lived up to its billing as one of the most
beautiful roads in America, with spectacular scenery and vistas that just
- Unfortunately, forest fires kept us out of Glacier National Park.
Let's just call it "unfinished business" -- i.e., "I'll be
- We did luck out at Yellowstone with spectacular weather and light
crowds. This allowed us to take in some of the sites off the beaten
path like Upper Falls, and of course -- Old
Faithful. We did hit a couple of "buffalo-jams" -- i.e.,
the buffalo decide to walk
down the middle of road and stop all traffic. When this happens, it
can be somewhat disconcerting on a
bike as you try to pass them.
- The real riding treat was Route 12 that runs
across northern Idaho. As you cross over Lolo Pass at the Montana
border headed west, you're greeted by a road sign that gets a motorcyclist's
blood pumping. The road actually follows the trail of Lewis &
Clark's expedition, but I don't think they took the corners
as fast as we did.
- It was great to have Diane join us from Spokane to Bozeman -- not just
because of the obligatory stops at ice cream shops.
She also enjoyed all of the gas-stop casinos.
She even helped out by taking some pictures.
Picking her up in Spokane did require a little detour
on my part through central Washington state, however, having her along for
the ride made it all worthwhile. I'll post an
update on her missing furniture if anything develops.
- Bill's posse from Portland included a couple new additions that will
hopefully be back for future rides. It was great to hook up with Bill
and Russ again, and add Alec and
Brent to the Unbound Alumni ranks.
Bill also made it a point to bless all of the bikes before we parted.
- Special thanks go out to our "chase vehicle driver" Gerry --
however, I think his days as the "unbound mule" are behind him (I think he's
eyeing a future ride on two-wheels). Our thoughts and prayers are with
Gerry as he prepares to undergo another round of cancer treatment.
- And for all you Black Lab fans -- I'm headed down the highway in
Northern Idaho at 65+ mph and I see this truck ahead and I say to myself --
"That can only be one thing!..."
Sure enough, it's a Black Lab.
- More to come...
I'll add more pictures
and memories as time permits. If you've got any pictures you want me to
include, send them along.