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www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 70 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02 Fortunately, we of the TV generation are trained from birth to process this kind of visual bombardment (although three-ring circuses still make me uneasy). On a road trip to Glacier from Yellowstone, at Montana's southern border, the ability to juggle an array of stimuli comes in particularly handy, because Highway 89— which links the two parks—is a veritable cornucopia of geographic, cultural, visual and social contrasts. If variety is the spice of life, then Highway 89 is a habanero chili. We started our ride, on our BMW R 1200 RT, in West Yellowstone, Montana, a Wild West-style tourist town replete with motels. Arriving at dinnertime, we enjoyed a hearty "Bad Dog" sandwich—smoked sausage smothered with shredded beef brisket—at Bear tooth Barbecue. We then cozied up in the sheepherder's wagon we'd rented at Wagon Wheel RV Campground and Cabins—a tent, RV and cabin park run by the friendly and very animated Ken Herman. In the morning we headed into the park, and almost immediately stopped for the aforementioned eagle picture. A few yards later, we stopped again to photograph bison at a distance—these guys have sharp horns and they know how to use them. Then we dodged potholes and gaper blocks on the sometimes rough road while craning our necks at colorful hot pots and steaming fumaroles. Steam vents, geysers and fumaroles all collaborate to create the alien landscape in the Porcelain Basin area of Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.

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