Day Nine

A moody misty day today

A moody misty day today

After a week of driving across North America it is always wise to take a short break for both yourself and the car. There is a little automated car wash facility near my Lodge and the car was treated to a good exterior scrub and a full interior vacuum and wipe. She deserves a good little reward for getting me this far in such comfort. Monique Fittler (My sister in Windsor) asked me yesterday if I was sick of being in the car by now, considering all the driving. I mentioned that there is so much to see on the long road that it becomes almost impossible to get bored. It helps that with satellite radio the various networks keep you entertained. At times I would just hit the scan button and channel surf the radio as if I was surfing TV at home. DSC03565The variety of entertainment keeps the mind occupied. For any traveller planning a cross country trip I recommend purchasing a trail version of satellite radio even if it is only for a few weeks. This will make a massive difference in the journey and is worth every penny.

Shopping in Whitefish

Shopping in Whitefish

The rain in Montana is fresh and the there is no Humidity here. Yesterday I had dinner in a local bar and the streets of Whitefish looked like a Disney set. I could visualise someone’s horse being tied up at the saloon. The Town of Whitefish has strict rules about who can open a business on the main street. No corporate chain stores or franchise restaurants are allowed. A really great thing to see after being on the road for so long bombarded with fast food signs.

DSC03596Montana is the third largest state in the US and I believe one of the best. I have only been here one day and I have met the most friendliest people that are down to earth and genuine. Already a long list of recommended restaurants and sights have been given to me by the locals to make sure I am off the tourist path and I can feel like a true country boy.

I went back through the “going to the sun road” with all the cloud cover. The colour green took on a whole new dimension with the rain. Very few people were on the road because of the weather and a potential perception that when the sun is not out it, may not be worth seeing the sites. As you will see from the below pictures it was really worth getting back on the road.

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