Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:31 PM by Keele Smith - KBZK News
Updated: Aug 19, 2013 1:40 PM
700 riders are hitting the road for a seven-day bike trip through Montana.
Participating bikers come from 45 states and five countries. Although not all of them are experienced, they are excited to be here.
Danna Wilson, a Wyoming resident, said, "You meet people from all over and they can see how beautiful this country is and how special it is."
And that is exactly why the Greater Yellowstone Coalition is putting on the event. The aim is to show people the land and inspire them to help protect it.
"There is no better way to get people to connect with the place you care about than to have them spend a week riding through it," event organizer Jim Moore said.
Riders will be trekking 400 miles from West Yellowstone to the Beartooth Pass outside of Red Lodge.
And the expedition is set to pan out in style.
"We have catered meals, shower trucks and a live concert stage every night, and this follows us from town to town for a week," Moore said. "There's nothing else like that in this region."
The expedition's youngest biker resonates the feel good spirit of the event.
Anthony Sadaghiani's eleventh birthday happens to be on Sunday, the first day of this journey. Having traveled all the way from Ohio with his dad, he appreciates the good roads and the number of people.
The riders will cover 70 miles on Sunday and stop in Ennis for the night.
They will travel 116 miles on Monday, heading to Livingston.