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Thread: Big Sky 2015 Tour - Going to Montana/Idaho

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    We did 3 ferry crossings in BC on the 2013 tour (not at this lake, though). I can imagine a long low trailer may have trouble because of the attack angle of the ramp but for the short Seven is was no problem at all. The nice thing is because it is part of the highway system, the ferry is free.

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    Hello - I doubt I can join you all for much of the trip but I live in Bozeman and will for sure join you here. There's some good driving roads in the area if folks want to venture out for an hour or two from Bozeman during your rest day.

    I can also recommend restaurants and the such if folks need a local's input.

    dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davemk1 View Post
    Hello - I doubt I can join you all for much of the trip but I live in Bozeman and will for sure join you here. There's some good driving roads in the area if folks want to venture out for an hour or two from Bozeman during your rest day.

    I can also recommend restaurants and the such if folks need a local's input.

    dave
    Thanks Dave,
    I will get in contact with you when the tour plan is finalized. Some recommendations about nice roads or interesting things to see are appreciated. I would probably not mind a short hike after sitting all day for days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slomove View Post
    Thanks Dave,
    I will get in contact with you when the tour plan is finalized. Some recommendations about nice roads or interesting things to see are appreciated. I would probably not mind a short hike after sitting all day for days.
    Cool - there are a few out and back drives one can do from town that will take two hours at the most and the roads are twisty and fun and the views to die for. There are also great hikes just out of town and of course some great museums to visit.

    I don't know where you plan on staying but there is a place (Hilton Garden Inn) that hosts the 'Going to the Sun' rally most years and they seem to have no trouble blocking off a section of the parking lot for the car guys and they have lots of room for trailers. Lots of high rollers bring in their million dollar cars and leave them in the lot overnight without issue.

    Let me know what you need and I'll see what I can do.

    dave

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    On June 28, there is an Ironman competition in Coeur d' Alene. That may affect getting into the city and lodging availability on the 29th.

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    Well, Coer d'Alene is out then. Even the Chamber of Commerce recommended staying away that weekend. So, Sandpoint, ID it is.

    Now, here is the complete route with hotel information. Thanks a LOT to Randall Z. who scouted out many of the hotels and saved me many hours.
    The actual tour starts Tue, 6/23 in Idaho Falls and ends 7/2 there.
    Click the mileage links to get the Google maps. If somebody is interested I recommend making hotel reservations soon. Some hotels I looked at were already booked out.

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    Date From To Miles What Hotel Address Phone Price incl. tax
    Sat 6/20/2015 Pasadena Cedar City 428 Towing Crystal Inn Hotel&Suites 1575 West 200 North, Cedar City, UT 435-586-8888 $96.21
    Sun 6/21/2015 Cedar City Ely 215 Great Basin NP/Towing Prospector Hotel&Casino 1501 E. Aultman St., Ely, NV 775-289-8900 $98.79
    Mon 6/22/2015 Ely Idaho Falls 428 Towing, Vehicle Storage Sleep Inn&Suites 3200 Outlet Blvd., Idaho Falls, ID 208-821-3647 $122.03
    Tue 6/23/2015 Idaho Falls Red Lodge 238 Yellowstone, Beartooth Highway Yodeler Motel 601 S. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 406-446-1435 $94.50
    Wed 6/24/2015 Red Lodge Bozeman 249 Backcountry C'mon Inn Hotel&Suites 6139 E. Valley Center Rd., Bozeman, MT 866-782-2717 $153.93
    Thu 6/25/2015 Bozeman Bozeman 0 Rest Day " " " $153.93
    Fri 6/26/2015 Bozeman Great Falls 202 Lewis&Clark NF Greystone Inn 621 Central Ave., Great Falls, MT 406-452-1470 $81.24
    Sat 6/27/2015 Great Falls Whitefish 247 Glacier NP Pine Lodge 920 Spokane Ave, Whitefish, MT 406-862-7600 $157.30
    Sun 6/28/2015 Whitefish Nelson 276 Selkirk Loop Alpine Motel&Suites 1120 Hall Mines Rd., V1L 1G6 Nelson, BC 250-352-5501 $148.35
    Mon 6/29/2015 Nelson Sandpoint 172 Selkirk Loop GuestHouse Lodge 476841 Highway95 North, Ponderay, ID 208-263-2210 $100.93
    Tue 6/30/2015 Sandpoint Orofino 199 Coer d'Alene NF BW Lodge at River's Edge 615 Main St., Orofino, ID 208-476-9999 $129.79
    Wed 7/1/2015 Orofino Lolo 138 Nez Perce NF The Lodge at Lolo Hot Springs 38600 Hifgway12 West, Lolo, MT 406-273-2201 $159.88
    Thu 7/2/2015 Lolo Idaho Falls 319 Salmon/Bitterroot Sleep Inn&Suites 3200 Outlet Blvd., Idaho Falls, ID 208-821-3647 $122.03
    Fri 7/3/2015 Idaho Falls Wells 223 Craters of the Moon/Towing Cactus Petes Resort Casino 1385 Highway93, Jackpot, NV 775-755-2321 $128.52
    Sat 7/4/2015 Wells Las Vegas 452 Towing Hampton Inn Tropicana 4975 Dean Martin Dr., Las Vegas, NV 702-948-8100 $133.28
    Sun 7/5/2015 Las Vegas Pasadena 255 Towing Home Sweet Home
    $1,880.72
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    Last edited by slomove; 02-28-2015 at 09:01 PM.

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    Gert,

    Are the hotels group rates and do we need a code of some kind?

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    Skip, no group rates, just call or go online and make your own reservation. My experience from the 2007 tour is that in Summer the group rates are typicality not cheaper (sometimes were even more expensive) than senior/AAA rates.
    Like for the last 3 trips, I just picked well rated mid range hotels (actually for this list Randall did most of the work) that seem to have enough rooms left for others to join. I made my reservations already.
    I was surprised how many hotels were already listed as sold out, although I don't know if that means booked solid or just for the Internet agency blocks. But no matter if you look at the hotel web site, Booking.com, Expedia or other sites, the prices usually are the same. You can save a few bucks with AAA or AARP or if you are willing to pre-pay (noncancelable). I don't like the latter to be somewhat flexible.

    Group negotiation would be difficult anyway, because I have no clue how big the group may end up. I guess between 3 and 5 cars but who knows maybe more...

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    Here some tour files for GPS devices. It also contains a .kml file that can be used in Google Earth to do a helicopter preview of the tour segments.

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    Maybe I can see a show of hands of people interested in this trip? So far I have....
    - myself (made reservations)
    - Bill G. (made reservations)
    - Dion D. (made reservations)
    - Randall Z. (I suppose very likely)
    - Skip C. (quite interested?)
    - Steve/Lancylad (checking schedule)
    - Herb/Automoda (definite maybe)

    anybody else?
    Last edited by slomove; 03-13-2015 at 10:20 PM.

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