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Jul 27, 2015 - Missoula, MT

We made it to Montana! By now we are looking as bedraggled as we feel, and much in need of a few spa days! Wildlife count went up – a coyote ran across the highway in front of us, and we saw mountain goats and wild turkeys along the way. A bald eagle had his/her road-side lunch disturbed as we drove by. The eagle flew right in front of us, just a few feet in front of the truck. Almost became road-kill, and that probably would have been almost as bad for us as for the bird. Luckily, we got a wonderful view of it, and it probably got back to...

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Jul 26, 2015 - Day Eleven - Are Those Tears or Raindrops on Your Cheeks?

Rain, wonderful rain! It held off until the end of festivities last night but continued through into the morning. All of us from Idaho, Montana, Alaska and California were wondering how to take some of it home with us. Amid the damp and chilly breaking of camp are lots of hugs, hearty back pats and bittersweet farewells of kids, grandkids, aunts and uncles and cousins dispersing in all directions. Just a few of us are staying on until tomorrow so this will be a good day for bookkeeping and household chores. I haven’t had a full day this...

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Sacagawea and Me

Jul 25, 2015 - Day Ten -Third Cousin Twice Removed or Second Cousin Once Removed?

I missed the evening gathering of the clan last night here at Lolo Hot Springs as I nursed a headache and the road-wearies but it sure sounded festive. Pity on any campers at the park who aren’t part of the family! Today a printout of six generations of the family tree is spread along the length of four picnic tables so we can spot our niche in the fecundity. And a seventh generation is being added as more children are penciled in. What a vivid illustration of population growth. There is next to no phone service or wifi here in this narrow...

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Jul 24, 2015 - Day Nine - The Road Less Traveled

I had one of my shortest drives today but the earliest start. Since I know my way around Great Falls I chose to get some work done on the trailer there before hitting the road – new tires so I could stop fretting about blowouts and repairs on a grounding wire so I have brake lights. Just like home: something always needs fixing. I killed time at Target and found the staff amazingly friendly. I don’t know that I’ve had even one salesperson at my CA Target ask if I’m finding everything or need help. The guys at the fix-it shops were sociable...

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Jul 5, 2015 - Our Last Week in Missoula & Moving on to Kalispell

New motorhome tires are on and we were having ‘hitch itch’ as Dick likes to call it, so we’ve moved on up the road about 120 miles to Kalispel, MT which is closer to Glacier National Park, one of our goals this summer. We made this a rather quiet week in Missoula as it was another hot/dry week and we just decided that we’ll save some things for next time. Dick did take a drive up to Lolo, which is only about 15 miles from here to check out the dealer we bought the motorhome through. Even though we dealt directly with Haulmark when building...

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Jun 28, 2015 - Hot in Missoula, MT

Hello from a very warm Missoula, MT. The locals are telling us that this is much warmer than normal. It’s supposed to be over 100 for several days this next week. We’re hoping it will still cool off in the evenings but time will tell. We had an uneventful 165 mile trip from Coeur d’Alene to here last Sunday. We are settled into a very nice RV park that has beautiful old trees on many sites, so fortunately, we are in a shady site. No satellite in this site because of the trees but they have enough cable channels to choose from for TV. This...

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Jun 25, 2015 - Missoula Montana

Driving day, and the time change is catching up to me (always does). We drove from Salt Lake City through Idaho and into Montana. Beautiful snow-capped mountains in Idaho, and Montana is always gorgeous. Sadly, I have nothing to report except cows and hills. We saw lots of those. Crossed the continental divide three times today. Ended the drive in a supermarket for those canned goods we did not want to transport cross country. It is now 9:30pm and from the looks of it, sunset is another hour away. Looking forward to a good night's sleep....

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Oct 2, 2014 - Philipsburg to Missoula, MT

October 2, 2014 Our dinner last night was excellent! We had mushroom coated thick rib eye steaks with a red wine reduction sauce, coarsely mashed potatoes and peas. Carrot cake for dessert! 1989 Harrison cabernet. Was 35 degrees when we got up this morning. We packed the rig and were on the road by 9:00. Some workman who came to the Carrs said they saw 4 moose on the way from “P” Burg so we were on the hunt. No Bullwinkle sighting. 9 miles of 348 was dirt and the final 14 was good paved road to “P” Burg which is on SR 1. The town , now with...

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Sep 7, 2014 - Missoula, MT Sep

Our trip from Cut Bank to Missoula was without incident and we did in fact cross the Continental Divide at Roger's Pass. Elevation at that point was 5610 feet above sea level. We arrived at our campground about 1:30 and were greeted by our friends, Ed and Rachel Barnhart, whom we met in Medina a couple years ago. We had planned this meeting for several months, hoping it would work out. It did. Rachel is from Missoula, so she had some wonderful ideas for our week, which turned into wonderful adventures. We had told them that one of our...

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Sep 2, 2014 - Day 10 - Rest

Spent the day in Missoula - nice college town - University of Montana. Purchased a few items at one of the many local bike shops - waterproof and windproof shoe covers. Never had any before but I expect cold rainy days ahead in the 3000 miles left to ride.

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jakes bike ride

Sep 1, 2014 - Day 9 - short hop

Short ride today - 37.5 miles, cold at about 45 degrees when we left. Rode somewhat fast today with Walt and Amy - one of the guides. 19.23 average - first riders to the hotel. Here you have to watch out for moose like we do deer at home - they have Moose Crossing painted on the roads. Today was Walt's last day and I have no idea who I will ride with now. It's a diverse group of people here - as always on a ride. About half male and half female - only two married couples one of which doing this for the fourth time. They are from Houston....

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Aug 17, 2014 - Into Missoula

Day 18 August 11, 2014 By 8:00 A.M., we’d said good-byes with Kyle and crew and were rolling up the roadway. By the end of that day Kyle and family would be about 575 miles southeast for a two night stay in Denver. And we’d be 335 miles northwest at Jellystone RV Park on the west side of Missoula. But just north of Yellowstone Lake, we came upon another traffic jam. Once again there were bison on the roadway. Just as we got to the head of the line we saw two bison walking in-line toward us on the side of the road. Suddenly the back bison...

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