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We will be heading out to little big horn in a couple of weeks and will be returning east across rt 2 from montana state line through ND Mn and over the Mackinaw bridge. Anything special to see? or anything to see?

Already planning on the center of continent marker and KVLY radio tower.

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Harry, RT.2 is a peaceful ride without a lot of traffic. My wife and I really enjoyed Little Big Horn and you might consider Devil's Tower in N.E. Wyoming, there are some good backroads between LBH and the tower. Have a safe trip.
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"North Dakota, Gateway to South Dakota". Not much going on except rolling prairie. It gets more interesting from Minnesota east. Running through the middle of the state is a little more interesting with Theodore Roosevelt National Park (ND Badlands) and along the Missouri River.

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I just returned from a 6500 mile trip to British Columbia. I took the ferry from Vancouver Island to Port Angeles, then took US-2 all the way from Seattle to Upper Michigan, Mackinaw Bridge. Nice ride, but quite a bit of construction just West of Glasgow, Montana, and also Duluth, Minnesota. Very nice ride, at least for the most part. Consider staying at the La Casa Inn on US-2 in Glasgow, Montana. Nice people, plus a real bargain, $40.00 a night for one person. Excellent (cheap) restaurant/casino across the street. Also, Fort Peck is worth seeing about 20 miles South of Glasgow.

Have an excellent trip!!!
 

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Watch the winds on Mackinaw Bridge, can get severe. Also watch the center lanes on the bridge as there are metal grates, instead of pavement, that affect the handling of your bike. Stay in the outside lanes, they are paved.
 

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Watch the winds on Mackinaw Bridge, can get severe. Also watch the center lanes on the bridge as there are metal grates, instead of pavement, that affect the handling of your bike. Stay in the outside lanes, they are paved.
Problem is both outside lanes going north or south are closed until after labor day.
If your going across your going to ride the grate.
 

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I did that ride last year in the other direction. You'll see a lot of oil wells and then a lot of trees.
 

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North Dakota:

1. Motels in the oil patch, Minot to MT line, will be booked solid.

2. As long as you're on 4-lane US2 in western ND you'll be ok with the oilfield traffic but if you venture off the 4-lane expect to be assaulted with thousands of trucks and other oilfield vehicles along with road construction and long delays everywhere. The 2-lanes in western ND are a dangerous place for motorcycles.

3. Curves? There's one north of Williston.

4. Scenery? Lots of fields of wheat, sunflowers, peas, lentils, flax, corn, soybeans and on and on. Since ND leads the nation in the production of 14 different crops, we have a lot of farm stuff! Since you're so close, it would be a shame to not venture off a bit to see the International Peace Garden north of Dunseith...it's beautiful and rather inspiring.

5. Once you get east of Minot the land levels out and traffic eases considerably. With the curve behind you, you'll be able to set the cruise and enjoy those fine breezes that ND is legendary for. :shock:

6. Oh, I almost forgot. We lynch bikers who don't wave back in North Dakota. Wave or die! :thumbup:

7. The best thing about US2 in ND is that you're no longer on US2 in Montana!
 

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If I recall correctly, Gizmo is a ND farmer so he knows what he's talking about . . . except for
7. The best thing about US2 in ND is that you're no longer on US2 in Montana!
US2 from the ND/MT border to west of Glasgow MT is welcome relief after riding across ND. :lol:

I've ridden and driven many times US2 between the Big Mac to Glasgow MT. It's the quickest way to get across ND without taking I-94.

But I'd recommend riding from Crow Agency to Medora ND and enjoying the loop at Theo. Roosevelt NP. Then go north on 85 (I've never stopped at the north entrance to the park so don't know what's there) to 200. Unless oil activity has spread to that area (which I'm not aware of), riding 200 east will avoid what Gizmo wrote about.

I haven't been to the Garrison Dam area since my dad helped build it in the early 50's. Maybe someone else here can comment on attractions.

Regarding the lodging issue, add Sidney MT to that list. If you're thinking of staying in Glendive, I'd call now to see what to expect.

As for anything else of interest on US2, it happens once you hit Michigan's UP. If you have time, consider riding up the Keweenaw Peninsula to Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor. Very picturesque.

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took US-2 all the way from Seattle to Upper Michigan, Mackinaw Bridge. Nice ride, but quite a bit of construction just West of Glasgow, Montana, and also Duluth, Minnesota. Very nice ride, at least for the most part. Consider staying at the La Casa Inn on US-2 in Glasgow, Montana. Nice people, plus a real bargain, $40.00 a night for one person. Excellent (cheap) restaurant/casino across the street. Also, Fort Peck is worth seeing about 20 miles South of Glasgow.
In Glasgow, the best place to stay is the Cottonwood Inn (nicer but more expensive than La Casa but glad you had a good experience there) and my favorite place to eat is at Eugene's Pizza (great chicken dinners too). I'll be back out there in a couple weeks.

And I agree with you about Ft Peck. Get a brochure of the area. Things to see: tour the Power House and don't miss the Spillway (only 4th time the gates have ever been opened), Dinosaur Museum, summer theater, wildlife pasture (bison, elk, deer, antelope - at least used to be. Not sure now.)

And if anyone is passing through Glasgow and wants to buy gifts/souvenirs, my sister owns Gallery of Gifts on Hwy 42 (southeast edge of town on road to Ft Peck. Tell her her bro Mike referred you. :thumbup:
 
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