August 27, 2012
We left Ironwood around 9am and had a nice leisurely drive along route 2 toward North Dakota. Has anyone noticed as soon as you gas up at $3.89, you go 20 miles down the road and there’s a station selling gas for $3.74. What’s up with that! Ok I’m whining. We are seeing more and more color in the trees the further West we go. There are miles and miles of farm land, with corn, hay, soy and sunflower fields. Many small towns dot the landscape. We spent the night in Grand Forks and dined at Joe Blacks. We ordered a pizza and wondered if it was enough for two. Then the 16 inch pizza was dropped at the table and wow, it was huge. We ended up taking some back to the hotel and will use it tomorrow for lunch on the road.
August 28, 2012
We were off and running this morning, with pizza in tow, around 8:30. We saw more farm country and rolling hills for miles and miles. They are also doing shale oil drilling in North Dakota and there are thousands of rigs dotting the landscape. It doesn’t seem to interfere with the farming but the traffic is awful. And the infrastructure has not caught up with the drilling. You have to see it to believe it. We had bad luck with getting a hotel for the night and not much of a selection. The last hotel was booked and the lady at the desk was nice enough to call Fort Peck and book us a room. Only a 14 mile detour but we have a bed. It’s an interesting place to say the least. The hotel is very old with very old rooms and baths. The sitting area with bar has a big fireplace with many mounted animals over the mantel and on the walls. We had dinner at a local pub in town. In fact it was the only pub in town. The food was good and the patrons were really local. Great people who like to hunt and fish. Check out the pictures they are worth a thousand words. We also found out at the bar in town that the place we are staying is haunted by a young girl. We asked the manager and she said that there have been sighting. Don’t you think this is something we might want to know before check in! Well it is off to bed with one eye open and trying to adjust to our second time change.
August 29, 2012
Ok, if your morning starts off bad, the day can only get better. We were just a few miles from Fort Peck, when from out of nowhere these flashing light came on behind us. Yes, it was the police informing me that I had just broke several speeding laws. Oh, you must mean where the speed limit drops from 70 MPH to 25 MPH in the space of 100 yards. Anyway, we negotiated the fine down to $55.00 cash and we were on our way. The ride to Missoula MT was a change in altitude and scenery. The rolling planes and golden fields of hay and corn gave way to mountains and rivers. When we left this morning we were at two thousand feet and when we crossed over Rogers Pass we topped out at about six thousand feet and passed the continental divide. We arrived in Missoula, checked into the motel and then it was off to dinner. No bar food to night. We had a nice bottle of Kendall Jackson and a steak dinner. We are back at the hotel planning our route to Idaho tomorrow.
Bob and Annette