"Who’s Up For A Steak" Day Drive
Trip Length: 255 miles
Want to make a cruise for one of the best-rated steaks in Montana, and top it off with stops at some of the most unique, hidden small bars in the state? Head for Ringling, a tiny out-of-the-way place that’s just right for an afternoon ride. The route takes you through the Wind Farm, Gally’s Brewery in Harlowton, past the Charles M Bair Museum (you really gotta take an hour to see this…), then south on 294 through Lennep to the Ringling Bar.
After your steak and refreshments, head north to White Sulphur and check out the 2 Basset tap room, Bar 47, the Lane Bar, and the Stockman Bar before heading to your next pit stop: The Checkerboard Inn.
A half hour more east brings you to the Two Dot Bar, which is just about 15 minutes west of Harlowton. As you pass through Judith Gap, don’t forget the Bar 100 and In The Gap bar for some great food. If you’re still up to it, Eddies Corner has a nice bar and restaurant, and the Office Bar is an ideal stop before you return back to Lewistown.
Gas Locations En-Route: Moore, Eddies Corner, Judith Gap, Harlowton, White Sulphur Springs
Refreshments: Moore, Eddies Corner, Judith Gap, Harlowton, Ringling, White Sulphur Springs, Checkerboard, Two Dot
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Judith Gap Wind Farm
Wheatland County has learned how to put the wind to work thanks to Invenergy Services of Chicago. The Judith Gap Wind Energy Center was built in 2005 between Harlowton and Judith Gap. Ninety towers rise 262 feet above the prairie, supporting General Electric turbines which are powered by three 126-foot blades. Each turbine is capable of producing 1,500 kilowatts of power. Expected annual output is 450,000,000 KW hours. All power is sold to Northwestern Energy under long-term contract. There are plans for visitor kiosks, to be located at the Wind Farm entrance and at what is to be called Blade Park in Judith Gap.