We started on Saturday June 20 with Helena's Last Chance Riders group picking up beer cans along the Wolf Creek Canyon Recreation road on the south end of the canyon.
Breakfast at Frenchies was great and it was a perfect day for riding.
A quick ride to Three Forks for lunch at Wheat Montana Farms made a nice mid week diversion.
The big day was Wednesday when Bill Ryder brought the Honda back from the shop and announced: "You are now a DARKSIDER."
I am looking for far more than the 5 or 6 thousand mile life I have been getting on standard motorcycle tires.
The DarkSide Tire!
I tried it out with a quick ride to Butte on Saturday.
Great ride with little traffic and plenty of wind in the canyons.
The big test comes Tuesday morning this week as I head off to Sturgis, SD for the United Sidecar Association annual rally.
First stop Tuesday morning will be to join Al Olme and several other Sidcarists from the Twin Cities for a ride over the Beartooth Highway to the Top Of The World Store.
We'll stop for the night in Red Lodge, head out Wednesday for Sheridan, WY and then to Sturgis on Thursday.
This should be a great rally of sidecar riders from all over the United States.
There will be lots of tire kicking and story telling so it should be a great week.
To top it off the Black Hills Bluegrass Festival is taking place at the same time in the same Elk Grove camp grounds. Bluegrass and sidecars!
Can it possibly get better than that?
Following the rally I will head off to Dawson, MN to visit Pastor Al and his family, then off to Minneapolis to visit twin brother Dean and his wife Bev as well as little sister Vivian and her husband Dave.
Following a short visit there I will be heading for Helena and home.
I will be riding A SaddleSore 1000-1 Iron Butt Association ride from Monticello, MN to Helena, MT, a distance of 1,044 miles in 24 hours or less.
Should be a great ride, enhanced by having the darksider car tire on the rear wheel.
It was also a big Media week at our house with Andy Curtis from Ch 12 TV coming out to do a story about the old guy who rides motorcycles. Andy did a great story for the 6 & 10 PM News, and seemed to have a lot of fun doing it. This was his first ride in a sidecar and he had a good ride out I-15 to Montana City and back.
You can watch his News Story here:
Ch 12 TV Story
Marga Lincoln a reporter with the Independent Record in Helena did a great story in the paper on Sunday, Fathers Day, which made all the kids and Grandkids happy.
You can read her story here: Helena Independent Record Story
This has been a good week and I am looking forward to a fantastic ride on the Beartooth Highway and a big week at Sturgis. We'll update RLA so you can join in the fun.
Watch for me, I'll be in the Right Lane America.
Del "Lonnie" Lonnquist