RideAbout65.4 – Day 11 – Riverton, Wyoming to Big Timber, Montana via Chief Joseph & Beartooth Highways


Total distance: 340.63 mi
Download file: Day-11a.gpx


Today’s Mileage: 341 miles

Total Trip Mileage so far: 2438 miles


Heading north out of Riverton and east of Yellowstone we are on our way to the roads recommended by Alex as not to miss – Chief Joseph Highway and the Beartooth Highway into Red Lodge, Montana.

Out of Riverton, again the scenery started showing off, big rock mountains with tunnels carved through them, a spectacular road through a valley sharing the floor with a railroad and river, and just big scenery again.

Chief Joseph and Beartooth did not disappoint, winding, ascending, descending, breathtaking scenery – what more could a motorcyclist want…not much…maybe just to do it over and over.  We dropped into Red Lodge for gas only to discover why were seeing so many BMW’s of varying vintages – there was a BMW rally in town,  We talked with a couple of riders at the gas station and then headed out of Red Lodge on Route 78, a nice looking road on the map, but it turned out to be a frustrating chain of construction projects as we have seen so many of.  We finally made it in to Big Timber where I ended up at the Grand Hotel, a refurbished old time downtown hotel with a great restaurant.  And we visited there for a great meal – sort of unexpected out in that region.

Addition: I forgot to mention the heavy rainstorm and blasting wind at the summit on Chief Joseph – probably the worst wind I have ever ridden in. Add rain to it and it was not fun.  But it cleared off and all was well again.








Tom Carter
Franklin, Tennessee

Mechanical Engineering Consultant

Motorcycle Rider/ Racer/ Tester

Husband/ Dad/ Grandfather/ Great-Grandfather

Planet Earth Arrival 1947

First rode a motorcycle around 1958

Still riding today…