We awoke to a frigid 35F morning in Yellowstone today. We didn’t have a fire to warm our bones, so jumping jacks and Starbucks Via had to do (ah hem, sponsorship if you’re listening, Starbucks). We all talked about how we did our best to keep our feet warm through out the night. We packed up camp and started to head off, but looked back to see Jay hadn’t left his parking spot. We figured, maybe his engine was just cold and needed some more time warming up. Little did we know what was about to be in store for us. Jay mentioned he was having power issues with his BMW r80 since we started the trip, and he had a slight leak in his left petcock. We pulled back to see what the problem was and as he was adjusting his petcock, he began to leak more and more. Eventually the whole petcock fell off, and gas was coming out quicker than we could react. Jay plugged his finger into the petcock hole and Blaine, Ken and myself began immediately ripping off his gear to get the tank off the bike. After about a gallon of spilled gas later, we removed the tank. We spent the next 3 hours realizing his petcock was completely stripped and either needed a serious repair or replacement. With no vintage BMW dealer around, we fashioned the petcock back together with some 5 min epoxy. We crossed our fingers, and sure enough it worked! Endorsement by 5 min epoxy is welcome as well :) We were back on the road at 3pm that day, roughly 5 hours after we had intended to leave. We made it out of Yellowstone park and decided to skip Beartooth Pass, and ride that road on our way home. We managed to see some beautiful male and female elk grazing on the Wyoming/Montana border. Once we crossed into Montana, I couldn’t believe how gorgeous the ride into the state would be. We continued north and stayed in Livingston. We went to a wonderful restaurant called the Montana Rib and Chop house and had some of the best steak we have ever eaten. Our server was very kind, and showed us a killer scenic route in the Montana back country.