The Thorne's Trip Around This Great Nation travel blog

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As we continue East on Hwy 2 through Montana, we notice lots of white metal crosses on top of thin metal rods along the highway sides. Some of the poles have one cross and some two or even three. This is the way the Montana Road Department honors those who have died in accidents at those locations. It is a sobering reminder that much of Hwy 2 is windy 2 lane road and a driver and co-pilot has to stay alert. Once in a while you will find a cross or two decorated or with someone's name painted on it, but mostly they are just stark reminders of how fragile life can be.

We are also awed by the expanse of Montana. You can see miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles in all directions. The grain fields here are enormous and never ending. All of this is dry land farming of hard winter wheat - - the stuff bread is made from. The road sides are dotted with silos of all shapes and sizes and every couple of miles is another grain elevator with a train siding running close by the side. If you look at a map of Montana, you will see many small dot towns. In the past these would have probably been called market towns. But today, they are charming little farming communities that have grown up around the trains and elevators.

Their names suggest traveling in other countries. We have been through Rudyard, Zurich, Harlem, Kremlin (that had a road sign saying "Kremlin, USA Style"), Malta and Glasgow to name a few. We have passed by the Rocky Boys Indian Reservation and gone over the Milk River several times.

The other thing we notice is a very dedicated effort to keep kids away from Methamphetamines. Everywhere there are large signs with clever slogans and pictures. My favorite was in Malta. It read "Don't Meth With Our Kids." and had a painting of children of many ethnic groups. I asked a waitress if there was a large drug problem in the area. She said, "No, and we are trying very hard to keep it that way, but it is slowly creeping into our little towns like the big cities." But, the law is very hard on drug makers, pushers and users and they hope that will help. I suspect what it will do, is just move them all someplace else as things get tighter in Montana and North Dakota.

Saturday we stayed in Havre, MT (I think this has a French pronunciation, but I forgot to ask) at the Evergreen RV Park. There were many trees and large grassy areas where Arrow could play ball off leash. He was a happy camper. Again, the bathrooms were marginal, but the grounds were beautiful.

Sunday night found us at Rancho RV Park in Wolf Point, MT. Would NOT go back there, even though the shade was welcome, the bathrooms were awful, and the place was just a little spooky. The guy didn't want our names, vehicle license or anything like that. Hmmm...???

Talk at you later, gang.


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