Day 7 - May 15
A few folks we met along the way suggested that we ought to avoid Idaho altogether, since some of its residents are reputed to have an aversion to people driving them furrin sports cars (and they're armed). But since Idaho was in our way, we gritted our teeth and blasted through. Hey, it wasn't so bad!
We left north out of Spokane on US Route 2, which will be our byway for the next couple of days. Yesterday, it rained all day and the forecast was for more today, but they couldn't have been more wrongit was beautiful! Our route took us through Glacier National Park, a beautiful area in the Rockies. We tried to take a northern 50-mile detour through the park, but it was still snowed in and won't open till Junegood thing we asked.
Tech Corner: (Hope this doesn't become a regular feature.) Our fuel consumption appears to be on the high sidewe're getting less than 20 MPG. It's partly due to altitudes and, uh, the pace we're maintaining, but still something seems amiss. Today, we encountered some very rough roads in a construction area, and they jarred loose the wiring to the side marker light, which then was shredded by the font tire. We also had to replace a broken headlight this evening.
But otherwise everything's going fine, and we're enjoying a lot of terrific American Beauty. Montana is the Big Sky State (or something like that), and we can testify to it.
We're (sadly) beyond the Rockies now and about one third of the way across Montana, staying in the city (?) of Shelby in some gawd-awful fleabag motel because of some gawd-awful golf tournament that's going on. (Golf in Montana?)
This is where
we went today
Beer(s) of the Day
Lovely. This penguin is the town of Cut Bank's claim to glorythe inscription purports that Cut Bank is the "coldest spot in the United States". Yeah, right. I can remember that time laying out in the snow changing a transmissionain't NOTHING colder than that.
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