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Old 10-28-13, 09:57 AM
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Bill Whites Bike Camp

Next Summer I'm planning a ride down to Montana to see the Custer Battlefield re-enactment. While in Montana I will be staying at this facility in Twin Bridges, Bike Camp. What an amazing place that was started up by an amazing man, Bill White. Bill passed away last year and is sorely missed. I wish more people would think the way that he did when he set up this Bike Camp, it's brilliant.

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Next Summer I'm planning a ride down to Montana to see the Custer Battlefield re-enactment. While in Montana I will be staying at this facility in Twin Bridges, Bike Camp.
The GF and I stayed there on July 4, 2011 during a 9-day loop in MT. Liked it a lot. There is a good grocery store in town. We bought some salmon and had oursleves a holiday cook out. Late that night there were fireworks visible from the camp.

Three other people were there the same day. A solo rider heading back to MN on the Lewis & Clark route and a young couple from Germany doing that Trans Am east to west.

That afternoon, the guy who is the caretaker stopped by to empty the iron ranger. We talked to him for a while. He asks people to fill out an evaluation form and note how much you spend in the town. Some of the town "fathers" don't think the place is worth putting money into because of the belief that cyclists are cheap. We did what he asked and even noted how much we spent at each business we patronized, including the local laundry. Left the grocery store receipt (spent a lot of money there) as proof in case the fathers doubted us. We also left a $20 donation, which is about what we would have spent to stay at a private campground.

The place is near a motorist comfort.welcome station. A motorist came over, showered and left without leaving a donation. Wonder if he spent any money in town.

The only thing that sucked were the skeeters. It had been a very wet winter and spring. The pests were everywhere. They were so bad at night after the wind had died down that we had to watch the fireworks from inside the shelter.

If you want a good, reasonably priced breakfast, check out the Wagon Wheel. They also make a good burger. The restaurant part of the Blue Anchor was out of business when we were there. I had eaten breakfast there in '00 while passing through on a tour to Cortez, CO. But I see from Trip Advisor that it's open again.

If your route will take you over Big Hole Pass east/south of Jackson, consider turning left onto the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway before Badger Pass and Dillon. Incredible ride that takes you to Wise River. From there, you head east on MT 43 along the Big Hole River to Divide, then south along the I-15 frontage road to Melrose. In Melrose, you can take a 20 mile unpaved road straight to Twin Bridges. It's really cool back there, with free range cattle. Saw maybe 4 cars the entire length. You will need tires with somw width, though. I would hesitate to do it on 32c or smaller.

There are several Forest Service campgrounds along the Byway, or you can wild camp since most of it is through Forest Service land. There is also a hot springs with an old lodge. (You can also just pay to use the pool.) There's a bar/restaurant/motel and grocery store in Wise River. There is a nice, cheap BLM campsite along the river in Divide. Restaurant down the road just a bit. There is also a motel/campground in Melrose and a restaurant.

Send me a PM if you would like a map of the above.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
The GF and I stayed there on July 4, 2011 during a 9-day loop in MT. Liked it a lot. There is a good grocery store in town. We bought some salmon and had oursleves a holiday cook out. Late that night there were fireworks visible from the camp.

Three other people were there the same day. A solo rider heading back to MN on the Lewis & Clark route and a young couple from Germany doing that Trans Am east to west.

That afternoon, the guy who is the caretaker stopped by to empty the iron ranger. We talked to him for a while. He asks people to fill out an evaluation form and note how much you spend in the town. Some of the town "fathers" don't think the place is worth putting money into because of the belief that cyclists are cheap. We did what he asked and even noted how much we spent at each business we patronized, including the local laundry. Left the grocery store receipt (spent a lot of money there) as proof in case the fathers doubted us. We also left a $20 donation, which is about what we would have spent to stay at a private campground.

The place is near a motorist comfort.welcome station. A motorist came over, showered and left without leaving a donation. Wonder if he spent any money in town.

The only thing that sucked were the skeeters. It had been a very wet winter and spring. The pests were everywhere. They were so bad at night after the wind had died down that we had to watch the fireworks from inside the shelter.

If you want a good, reasonably priced breakfast, check out the Wagon Wheel. They also make a good burger. The restaurant part of the Blue Anchor was out of business when we were there. I had eaten breakfast there in '00 while passing through on a tour to Cortez, CO. But I see from Trip Advisor that it's open again.

If your route will take you over Big Hole Pass east/south of Jackson, consider turning left onto the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway before Badger Pass and Dillon. Incredible ride that takes you to Wise River. From there, you head east on MT 43 along the Big Hole River to Divide, then south along the I-15 frontage road to Melrose. In Melrose, you can take a 20 mile unpaved road straight to Twin Bridges. It's really cool back there, with free range cattle. Saw maybe 4 cars the entire length. You will need tires with somw width, though. I would hesitate to do it on 32c or smaller.

There are several Forest Service campgrounds along the Byway, or you can wild camp since most of it is through Forest Service land. There is also a hot springs with an old lodge. (You can also just pay to use the pool.) There's a bar/restaurant/motel and grocery store in Wise River. There is a nice, cheap BLM campsite along the river in Divide. Restaurant down the road just a bit. There is also a motel/campground in Melrose and a restaurant.

Send me a PM if you would like a map of the above.
Thanks for the valuable info, I cannot wait to hit Montana next Summer!
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