Wednesday, June 03, 2009

On The Road Again

So, we reluctantly left South Dakota this morning. We had such a good time there and really did love it. I'm pretty sure we'll go back again.

We are headed for Washington eventually. Our plans have really changed this summer. First, we cancelled our trip to Alaska and now we've cancelled our trip to Canada also. Our friends in Canada are having some personal problems I won't get into but we just decided it was best not to head that way.

Soooooo, we're heading west through Montana (which takes almost as long as Texas to get through) and will end up in Port Angeles for a little while this summer. We have a few stops to make along the way. One of those stops took us to Alzada today. Rod was in the Army forty some years ago and remembered just one guy from his days in Basic Training in Ft Lewis, WA. A sheep rancher in the southeast corner of Montana. He was a little reluctant to look this guy up because a lot of the guys who were in the service at the same time he was were sent to Vietnam. He didn't want to know that this guy never made it home. We stopped at a Saloon which by the way if we didn't stop there we would have never known we had just passed through Alzada. We were the only ones there and the guy inside let Rod use the phone book where he found the guy he was looking for!! He called the number and the guy's son answered the phone. He was still a sheep farmer and still lived there. Unbelievable. He was busy with somebody so his son told us where to find him off the highway and we stopped to visit. The road was really, really muddy and we actually had to put the truck in four wheel drive to stop sliding all over the place.

The Saloon we stopped at

Interesting motorcycle out front

What a nice guy. He remembered way more than Rod did about their days together but they both had a good time getting reacquainted. He lives on a HUGE ranch and invited us to stay anytime we're in the area. I think we'll have to take him up on that some day. We didn't get to meet his wife, Madge, as she was off visiting their new grandson.

Tonight we're in a RV Park that is pretty much empty. We're just going to stay here for the night and tomorrow we'll head about 110 miles west to the town of Gerryowen. We plan on staying there for a few days to visit Custer's battlefield and from there we're not sure yet where we're headed. We still don't have phone service because it's still Verizon here and we found out they don't share their towers. Good thing for you to know, Dee. When you head out for fulltiming make sure you and Jim have two different cell phone companies so if one doesn't have service the other one just might.

Our site for the night

Pretty empty

The crud

Cleaning it off


Jim and Dee said...

Thanks for the info! I never thought of each of us having a different cell service, that's a great idea! Safe travels, we're following along with you.

Chuck & Kathy said...

You all sound like us, change plans by the day. We are still going, just delayed a bit. But could just steal your pictures...they are great. We are at the campground on the air force academy, very nice. So antsy to get on the road though. Miss you guys, stay in touch.

Froggi Donna said...

Love the motorcycle!! LOL!!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the comment Deb. Not sure how this has become a public afffair but thanks anyway

Mark and Dortha said...

Next time I hope you guys can find a less crowded RV Park.

Safe travels

Jesse, Ginger, Bayer, Buddy, and Mr. B said...

I was going to say something along the lines of what Mark and Dortha said so never mind. Glad you were able to find your old Army buddy.