Since I started this virtual 1,036 miles since I left eastern Minnesota. Chester does have a city park for camping, but like most of these town you will hear the freight trains.
You pass through small towns, but eventually you will come to a place that is big enough to restock. Interstate 15 passes north and south. Two train lines crisscross here too. The town hosted a fight featuring the heavyweight champ, Jack Dempsey in 1923 and it nearly bankrupted the town. I am sure glad that it is still here. This route along US 2 has been called the Hi Line and I asked about that. The origin of the name is that it is the northern most railway line in the US.
This town is only 30 miles south of the US-Canadian border.
Even in the summer it is easy to run into cold nights. I mean nights that get into the 40s and 30s. My sleeping bag is rated to 20 degrees F. I like to take a wide range of clothes for comfort too. Rain pants and jacket provide a nice wind break and line them with leggings and a long sleeve top. I like my micro puff jacket for the mornings and evenings in camp.
Havre is named after the French port city of Le Havre. This is a major railroad service center because it is midway between Minneapolis and Seattle. The city has around 9300 people.
I continue along US 2.
I have taken the Empire Builder Amtrak train several times and it goes through Malta daily.
Heading in a north direction from Circle.
Wolf Creek has a population of 2500 and it is the largest community in the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Assiniboine, Nakota, Lakota, and Dakota peoples inhabit the area that is part of four counties. The Wolf Creek meets the Missouri River near town.
The elevation for Frazer is 2060'. The St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway (SOO Line) established this town as a station.
This stretch was 137 miles and I have gone 844 miles on this virtual trip of the Northern Tier
Glendale was the first city that I reach in Montana. It's population is 5,126 provides many comforts that a rider comes to appreciate more during a tour.
At Glendive the elevation is 2054' and the farm and ranch land reminds me of North Dakota. The town serves as a hub for the regional agriculture and ranching economies which helps to maintain the community.
Outside of Makoshika State Park is outside Glendive. This is a nature preserve and public recreation in the badlands area. This is the largest state park in Montana. In 1991 triceratops skull was discovered and in 1997 a thescelosaurus skeleton was discovered. Both dinosaurs are on display.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is over 100 square miles of preserved natural habitat. One thing to do is to take the 36 mile scenic drive. TR was one of my favorite presidents. He was instrumental in setting aside these natural treasures for all to enjoy. The Painted Canyon is also another attraction.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.
Pacific Coast Highway