Across the Continental Divide

Trip Start Jan 09, 2009
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Today was an interesting trip - we crossed the continental divide at least two times!  Each time at almost 7000 feet!  The weather that was moving in affected the travel conditions but the worst of today's storm seemed to pass to the south of us.  Whew!  It was reassuring to be traveling in convoy with a former Greyhound bus driver ahead of us and a trucker behind.  We have just caught the weather forecast on TV and they are predicting up to two feet of snow in the mountains tonight.  Hopefully, now that we are in the plains, it will not amount to more than rain tomorrow.
The mountains were higher today - but for a good part of the trip we were unable to see far up the slopes!  When we do see them, they are starting to look more like the Canadian Rockies and the valley ranches, more like those you would see in Alberta and British Columbia. Through the mountain valleys we were often driving parallel to rail tracks and at one point we passed approximately twenty miles of rail cars stored on the sidings - probably victim to the economic slowdown.  Great Falls seems to have a history as a major railway center as there are tracks heading in all directions.
Tonight we are in Great Falls Montana and after dinner we took a drive along the Missouri River to find the falls.  There were several, initially noted by the Lewis and Clarke Expedition.  Today they are all used to generate hydro-electric power.
Many of the parks in these areas are not open for the season and we are boondocking in a Flying J parking lot tonight.  When you are just pausing for the night it works out.
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