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Southwest MT winter travel route - SLC to Billings
Posted 20 December 2004 - 02:03 PM
Posted 20 December 2004 - 03:04 PM
Posted 21 December 2004 - 01:22 PM
'sides, it's "almost" as pretty.
Posted 21 December 2004 - 08:26 PM
Posted 22 December 2004 - 10:45 AM
BTW temps are projected into the negative teens for the rest of the week, so watch out for road ice. Snow showers off and on, but the roads should be clear.
Enjoy Montana, we moved here from Hawaii after visiting West Yellowstone on a fly-camping trip,and seeing much of the surrounding area from our small plane. We intended to stay for three or four years, do a spec house and go back to Hawaii and get warm again. We're heading into year ten, with no inclination to return to the Socialist People's Republic of Hawaii ... third world country masquading as a state.
Posted 24 December 2004 - 07:14 PM
I'd like to try the W. Yellowstone road some time, maybe not in winter though. Our objective was to get here ASAP and safely to spend time with the family. I like Montana, I could live here, I'd miss the desert of Southern UT though.
Thanks for the advice, mtsmiths!
Posted 27 December 2004 - 02:43 AM
Posted 27 December 2004 - 12:10 PM
How long does it take to get from SLC to Billings?
Posted 28 December 2004 - 10:29 AM
Well, we pretty much keep it to 75-80 at the most, I see no reason to drive faster than that. And there are a few towns with slow speed limits along 41 from Dillon to Whitehall, so that adds a little bit of time but I thought it was a nice diversion from constant freeway driving.
We left Billings at 7:30 or so. Got home (Murray) at 5:30 or so, and that was with near perfect weather (except for a little fog and wet roads near a pass by Bozeman. Only stops were to gas up and bathroom breaks. A very long days drive IMO... I don't like to drive more than 500 miles or so in a day. The TS is a great little car, comfortable for most trips, but my 6'4" body is sore today. I'm just a little too tall for that car on the longest trips.
Observations on the skill and courtesy of drivers along the way: let's just say it went downhill as we went from MT to ID to UT to SLC.
Posted 28 December 2004 - 11:26 AM
Your line about the 500 miles cracked me up. Once I took off in a company truck from Kalispell, MT and drove straight through to El Paso, TX. I totally freaked out the office manager when I called back and reported arriving. After that, they allus insisted I have a co-driver on long trips.
If you ever plan a Glacier NP trip let us know up here along the High Line.
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