But I get ahead of myself.
We woke up this morning in, where in the hell were we again? Oh yeah, Columbus, Montana, just outside of Billings. It was cold and clear. We knew today was going to be a long one and there would be some more challenging driving. I got out while Sarah was getting things ready inside and checked all the tires (at Sarah's urging) and checked my temporary repair of the wind damage on IRV. I don't have any pictures of the repairs at the moment. It is JB weld and gorilla tape. I am just hoping it is strong enough to finish the trip and I can try to find something a little more permanent.
|The wind blowing from the opposite side shook the aluminum so much it cracked.|
|There is another crack just beside the steps where it broke around a screw.|
|This pictures is actually from the evening before, but they were doing the same thing this morning.|
|Again from last night. Michael said, "That tree has a gorilla in it."|
|Lots of climbing. It is so hard to capture how long and steep the grades are.|
|Especially since, when the driving gets difficult I tend to put the camera down.|
|Must go down. Miles of 6% down grades.|
|Still not taking pictures of the more tense parts. Hands on the wheel people.|
There was some pretty scenery though.
Then we arrived in Missoula. It is pretty here. WE went downtown to get something to eat. After a long day of driving, we didn't feel like cooking and doing dishes. We found a nice little Mexican restaurant called La Cazadores which had a famous local beer (Cold Smoke Scotch Ale...excellent) on tap. There just happened to be a little festival or event of some sort going on with a live band nearby. We watched for a moment and then saw some other people gathered up on a ledge. We went to see what they were doing.
|Surfing and kayaking the river. Because, of course they are.|
|See, just like Houston|