It was a not so nice 216 mile trip from Lewiston, ID up Idaho, across, and then down Montana to St. Regis, MT. The Idaho portion was good with some very pleasant views as we passed by Coeur d'Alene and headed up to Lookout Pass where you not only pass over the mountains but into Montana. That's where the fun ended. The road was concrete and probably the worst we have seen on this trip. I am not sure it isn't worse than I-40 through Oklahoma. About 20 miles later it finally got a little better. One thing I don't understand though: why is it we can send men to the moon but can't make a smoother junction between the highway and bridges? These on I-90 are worse than most but I have been on highways where they do it right and then the most here and elsewhere that they don't.
We are staying at Nugget RV Park just South of St. Regis. It is a very nice park with great owners and their attention to detail at the park is evident. We have a 50 amp full hookup pull-through site. They are narrow but still nice. Satellite acquisition was quick and easy on the roof Winegard and the park has good free WiFi. Verizon service is right at the edge of reception. We cannot get it inside the Mothership but sometimes can by going outside and hunting around for a better signal. We are staying here for a week just to slow down and relax a little before starting the second half of our trip.
We didn't do much for most of the week in St. Regis but just relax and recharge our energy after a pretty full three and a half months on the road. We ate out once and managed to find a cherry stand so Doris could get her unexpected fix of fresh cherries. We had no idea they would be in season here. We did get enough to last her a couple of weeks. Now all we have to do is find some unexpected lobster!
We did take a trip on Wednesday to the National Bison Range about 50 miles from here. The range was created in 1908 as one of the first wildlife refuges and was the first time the USA purchased land for a refuge. We did get to see a variety of wildlife as well as a great view of the surrounding area from atop the highest mountain in the park. We got our first closeup, relatively speaking, of an elk with full blown antlers. He was magnificent! We had seen them in the Dakotas but they were at least a mile away.
Tomorrow we head for Deer Lodge, MT, about 150 miles from here, for a three or four night visit where we will get some badly needed repairs done on Libby's brakes. There was one shade tree mechanic in St. Regis so we waited until we could get to a little bit bigger metropolis. Population of St. Regis in 2000 was 313 so Deer Lodge qualifies at ten times larger with a population of 3,421. :)