Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, at the summit of the Big Horn Byway. In the picture is a woman overlooking the valley below.

Big Horn Byway

The Big Horn Byway is another amazing ride.

Before leaving Red Lodge I put the coordinates of my next stop into my GPS – Devils Tower KOA. This was the closest campsite I could find close to Sturgis that had vacancies.

My GPS showed the fastest route. All freeway 🙁 I would rather take a back road than an interstate highway any day. I consulted my paper map and saw that while the interstate headed north and then down to Devils Tower, Highway 14 headed south and then up to Devils Tower. Highway 14 was not a interstate or freeway. And it was marked as a scenic route too. Sold!

I knew nothing about the route. But boy was it nice. Not Beartooth good, but still pretty good. Amazing views with sweeping curves. Just what every motorcyclist wants in a ride. When I saw the motorcycle tour groups I knew it was good.






After the nice ride it was back to the interstate for a short ride to Devils Tower KOA. The closer I got to it the more motorcycles were on the road. They were all heading to one spot – Sturgis.

Devils Tower KOA

I thought Devils Tower was far enough away from Sturgis that it wouldn’t be effected much. I was wrong.


As it turned out, the KOA is right at the entrance to Devils Tower. The place was packed with motorcycle riders out for a day’s ride.I pushed my way through all the motorcyclist hoping they weren’t all staying at the KOA.


Turns out they weren’t. I registered for the night. They placed me in a 15 acre parcel of grass where you could pick any place you wanted! I found three trees close together and pitched my homestead.




The view out of my tent was Devils Tower.



The KOA has a nice cafe packed with Harley riders dressed for the Sturgis Rally. Good people watching. And the swimming pool was one you can relax around.

I decided to spend 3 nights here.

Route for August 10, 2016


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