So, the time had finally come for the trip we have planning to take for 3 years. Montana was calling us and it all started with my ancestry search that I have been doing for about 15 years now. I have a few gaps in the family tree but none happen until at least 200 years in the past. My tree actually goes back to the 1300's on a couple branches and I also found out the one line, the Benedict line, can be traced in America back to 1637... the beginning for the first settlement push into this country.
This takes us back to the trip... the other half of that Benedict line is my great grandmother Rose "Geiger" Benedict. In my search I found out in her parents, Xavier and Anna Geiger, many moves (St Joseph Colony) Regina area, Canada to Harvey area North Dakota to Hingham Hill Montana and finally to Troy Montana where they ended up dying and being buried at. Since then I have wanted to find our what that area was like and why they moved there. In that search, which still continues today, I found out the my Great Grandfather Xavier's parents were buried in that Colony I mentioned in the Regina area of Canada... trip I must take in the future as well.
We decided we would finally take a trip on the Harley, Black Pearl, to Montana since the trip last year to Yellowstone and Black Hills NP's went so well. We made our plans to take I-94 along the southern part of Montana all the way to Missoula which would be our gateway into the area my grandparent are buried. The experience of riding a Harley in these areas cannot be replaced by a car. The open feeling you feel as you ride in these areas is amazing. I thought we could not possibly replace the experience we had least summer but this trip was mind blowing and we are already planning a return trip to take in areas we found hard to completely experience without more time in those areas.
We found the whole western part of the state incredible including the town of Troy. We found the grave site of my great great grandparents. It is an old cemetery and not well kept in most expectations. It was sitting on the edge of a cliff of the gorge in which the local river runs through toward the town of Libby lower on this mountain area. It was beautiful and felt proud to have them there and to feel a part of this community even if in a small way. Later we even had a perfect day to ride through Glacier NP where the weather can change on a dime. In the end we did over 2,200 miles on the Harley and felt we could have spent much more time there than we were allowed to do in this trip. So in the end we encourage anyone to take a trip out to this part of Montana and see for yourself.
We have some videos here in the website (even more in YouTube itself) and new pictures in the "People", Harley life" and the new album of "Montana" if you would like to look at them....