Great Falls, Montana, United States - Day 2

Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
Trip End Sep 10, 2009

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June 29 and 30, July 1 and 2 - Great Falls, Montana, United States

June 30 -
Last night we dry camped at Dick's.  They didn't have any spots with hookups since there is another Alaska Caravan camped here.  When they leave, there will be plenty of spots for our caravan members to move in.

Today, I've arranged a surprise for Art.  Our good friend from Kirtland, OH, Mitch Behnke, who worked at Osborne with Art relocated to Montana about a year ago to supervise drilling here for Great Plains, another Osborne company.  Art has no idea that Mitch and I have been communicating.  He'll be here around dinnertime.

We spent the morning moving the rig and straightening up.  Art made our first cooked breakfast in the rig.  The bacon, egg, cheese, and tomato sandwich was yummy!

With other Gulfstreamers moving in, it is fun meeting those who we'll be traveling with the next 60+ days.  Everyone is very friendly and I'm sure we're going to enjoy their company.  In fact, Hazel and Ron road along with us to town to shop at the RV accessories store.  They are from Texas.  Ron is the president of the Texas Gulfstreamers chapter and Hazel is their secretary.

Our Wagonmasters, Les and Jean Potteiger from Spotsylvania, VA,  presented all of us with a "Deal or No Deal" look-alike case with some travel goodies enclosed and a couple of very nice jackets.

As we share travel stories with the others, it seems as if everyone has a traumatic tale to tell about some sort of mishap along the way to Great Falls!  There were tire problems, refrigerator problems, battery problems, water heater problems, and awning problems.  You name it.  Les had to take his rig to a repair shop here due to a throttle recall.  On the way back to the campground, apparently when stopping for fuel and propane, the rear passenger side got scraped and a section of trim got ripped off.  We're hoping this isn't an omen and that we're all just getting the kinks out before the big journey.

At about 5:15 p.m., Art and I returned to our coach after visiting with neighbors.  I knew that Mitch was due any minute.  Art slipped off his shoes and looked like he was ready to sack out for a bit when he saw a figure with a baseball cap walk in front of the windshield - apparently another Gulfstreamer coming to say "hello."  When he opened the door and saw that it was Mitch, he was totally shocked.  Mission accomplished!  Mitch's Brittany Spaniel, Misty, came with him.  She's a "cat killer" so she had to stay in his truck.  Unfortunately, Mitch's girlfriend, Amy, wasn't able to come along due to work, but Art had a chance to talk to her on the phone.  After that, she was probably happy she had to work!  She operates a ferry on the Missouri River. 

We spent a short time sitting in the motorhome catching up with Mitch, and then we told him that we wanted to take him out to dinner.  He drove us to town to a steakhouse named "Jakers."   While checking out the menu, he said, "Let's get one thing straight.  I'm getting dinner.  I insist."  Thanks again, Mitch, we love you!

We had a super evening at Jakers reminiscing and getting caught up with Mitch's current lifestyle.  He invited us to stop at his place on our way back from Alaska in September and we're definitely going to do that.
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