A Fine Day for a Ride

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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429 South Sanders Street
What I did
Unpacked et al

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

We left Columbus early, hoping to get to Helena reasonably early and get to work on our transition.  The weather was perfect at camp, with the meadow larks singing and the sky as blue as me mudder's eyes... more or less.  The ride is a beautiful one, considering we were on the interstate for most of it.  The road winds and dips up and down beautiful fields of hay and wild flora.  It was a smooth and speedy, at sixty miles an hour, and moved along well. Until we got to the Three Forks Junction.  Incidentally, this is where the Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson rivers converge to form the Missouri River.  All of the streams were bank-full of murky, and laden with sediment.  It's apparently the first day that it hasn't rained for two weeks or so.  But you who live in the west already know that.

Back to the Three Forks incident.  The MTDOT is widening the road there, so we were held up for a good bit, waiting for the guys to build some of the sub-grade.  Then we were off...until we got to Radersberg. They are also widening the road in this area.  We were held up for fifteen minutes or so, but it was such a beautiful day that it was no inconvenience.  It's interesting to me to watch the process.  The trucks and all of the various and sundry pieces of equipment have always been a fascination to me.  The wait was well spent.  We haven't seen any interesting birds since the campground in Columbus, but saw several gulls in a pond near the worksite.  I also think I saw a pelican or two.  They are the white variety and are very common along the Missouri.  Finally we were let loose and continued on our way.

We stopped for lunch at Indian Creek Campground, just outside of Townsend, Montana.  It's a primitive campground, but the views are phenomenal.  The mountains in the distance, namely, Mount Edith ant the Twin Sisters are laden with snow and radiating the summer sun.  I got a couple of decent shots from the campground.

Before we had reached Helena, we had decided to wash both Shorty and Sooby before we got home.  We went to the local truck wash and did the job on both of them.  Numerous quarters later, we split up and went about getting ready to go home.  I drove to the only dump station in town and dumped.  Then I got the keys to our car and the garage where we had it stored.  Lynnie got the mail re-started and met me at home.  What a great house!  The grass it the greenest and the apple trees are in full bloom.  The lilac trees are just ready to open.  What a gift!  

Lynnie visited with a few neighbors and filled them in on the trip.  I have been sending them the blog, but apparently they haven't been keep up.  Just after dinner, our neighbor, Chris, stopped by and brought flowers as a welcoming gift.  What great neighbors we have..

I'll add a few more photos and a bit more of our story tomorrow or so and then end this story. See you then. 
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