I take a touring ride with a few friends every year in mid-September. This year we're headed to Bryce Canyon, UT from the Chicago area. That part is for sure, the way there and back is up for grabs. We usually end up going out west so we're very familiar with a stop in Lincoln and a stop in Denver. It's pretty much the only direct route. After that I was considering stopping in Moab and camping to break up the ride out. On the way back instead of just re-tracing our steps I was thinking of heading North to Butte, then Rapid City, then Sioux Falls and then home. Am I flirting with potential weather issues at elevation heading into Montana at that time of year? I'm familiar with riding in the rockies and the issues that it can bring, but not that far North and certainly not at that time of year. I've never been in that area at all, are these places worth checking out for a night or two or is it not worth the extra time and miles? This will be a two week trip as we're staying in Bryce Canyon for a few nights, so no one is in a rush, but we all do have obligations back home so if it's not worth it I'd rather skip it. The difference in time instead of just heading back home and retracing our steps is two full days. We're not Iron Butt guys or anything like that so we usually try to limit the daily mileage to 700. Any tips or do's/dont's would be awesome.