Our plan was to start heading southeast but our neighbor in Sandpoint suggested we keep on Route 2 because as one travels south, it gets really warm. He did however suggest we don’t try to find camping between Glasgow MT and Williston ND because oil workers have all the campsites. So we heeded his advice and headed to Cut Bank MT. We crossed the Continental Divide at Marias Pass, 5280 feet.
The new bridge construction just passed East Glacier caused us to sit 20 minutes. A water truck hosed down the dirt we had to drive on when allowed to go and we were first in line. So Richard asked the flag girl to allow all the traffic behind us to go and we would follow them, keeping far enough behind that we didn’t get muddy.
There’s not much to Cut Bank. Riverside RV Park is perched on the east bank of the Cut Bank River. However the Cut Bank Golf Course is really nice and fun to play. The prairie dogs are everywhere and so are the rock chucks of the marmot family. They are all over the course although we never saw one on a green, only the fairways.
But Cut Bank is important. It’s at the eastern edge of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, still within sight of the shadow of the high peaks of Glacier National Park. The town is a major grain-storage center that marks the western corner of Montana’s Golden Triangle. This region, which stretches from Great Falls, 100 miles southeast of Cut Bank, to Canada, from the Rocky Mountains front to the Missouri River, is literally one of the breadbaskets of the nation. Farms between Havre and Cut Bank produce more than half of the wheat and barley grown in Montana, one of the top five states in those commodities.