Departed Butte at 10:40am for Butte. The other BMW motorcycles (six) that were parked overnight, were underway for Billings (this year’s BMW motorcycle annual rally) by 7am. The shift manager of the La Quinta Hotel was gracious in allowing me to upload a video from his office via an ethernet cable (faster upload than the WIFI signal). We stopped at the truck stop in Livingston, MT for lunch at 12:30pm and the tomato soup was outstanding. I had to urge Miss Martha to hurry-up and leave the truck stop with heavy rains approaching from the west. As we left and rejoined the highway, we encountered the leading edge of the cold front (i.e. rain) and poured on the throttle and within ten miles outran the rain as we scampered eastward at 75 mph. We arrived in Billings by 3pm and were greeted by a friend and fellow motorcycle rider (he has 5 or 6 motorcycles). We’re staying at his place for the next four nights. The wheel bearings are due to be delivered by tomorrow afternoon (air freighted from Los Angeles). Tomorrow the BMW motorcycle rally begins in Billings—it is the largest gathering of BMW motorcycles in the north America and 5,000 riders are expected. More on this tomorrow.