With only a few exceptions, through central and eastern Montana you will be riding on long, straight sections of U.S. 2 following the route of Burlington Northern railroad built in the 1800's. Traffic is light to moderate. Leaving the "Hi-Line" near Wolf Point, MT, the route heads southeast crossing the Yellowstone River at Glendive, MT, where you'll follow the I-94 corridor to Dickinson, ND. Portions of this route are contiguous with the Lewis & Clark Trail.
Very happy with the ACA maps and their associated info. Directions to a free camping spot on the first night paid for the investment. The routes are vetted for so many things, it's reassuring to know that you are on one. I will say I opted to stay on the Hi-Line rather than follow the last half of route due to a much lower volume of tanker truck traffic according to all the locals. The fracking boom has passed, at least until fuel prices jump back up. It made sense with a spanking tailwind to continue pointing east rather than fight the crosswind for a long detour south. Had to cross the Fort Peck Reservation from dawn til dusk. All local advice is against spending the night in the "Rez" so this is one reason to stick with the route laid out on the map.
Northern tier 1 and 2
A customer from Rochester, NY on 8/3/11
I just completed a ride from Seattle to Glacier and found the maps very usefull in planning and executing the trip. Along the way I met a lot of riders who were not using your maps and when I showed them the information that you include they said that in the future they were going to buy these.
The only thing I wished along the way was that each panel also had the profile of the grades for that panel. Knowing what was coming as far as ups or downs was somehow comforting.
Phelps's Mission Possible - July 1st- October 1, 2011
Brian G. Phelps on 2/3/11
July 1, 2011, I will be cycling 4,000 miles across USA & Canada, solo, self-contained. Northern Tier, Section 3 looks very good. I will keep you folks and America posted about how Sections One and Three work out, especially with the increased tanker-truck traffic in Eastern MT and Western ND. Your organization has been a tremendous resource for me and will continue to be. Thanks, Brian G. Phelps -Phelps's Mission Possible