Well, we're having a neat time as we continue our way across Montana. Today we traveled down I-90 West, passing Billings, Boseman, Butte and finally arriving just outside the little town of Anaconda on Highway 1. Highway 1 is a short scenic loop along the pretty Georgetown Lake, but the real reason we took it was to find an RV park that Suzi (our GPS) recommended. We spent the past couple of nights overnighting at Wal-mart's and were ready for full hookups for tonight.
The park was certainly nothing to rave about but there was a pretty little river running on the back of the property and the owner told us to make sure and fish. He had been called away on an emergency in Spokane so we checked ourselves in. The power had an issue so we wound up with only sewer and water, but with our inverter system and generator, we made the best of it anyway. It was after 7pm before we finished setting up, but we took the short walk back to the river to check it out before preparing dinner. The guys wanted to know whether to fish for a bit in the morning before heading out. Which they did, but unfortunately no luck. Ah well, they enjoyed the effort anyway.
Took our time getting packed up the next morning as we were only going as far as Missoula. This would be our last stop traveling together before we head north toward Canada and they continue west through Idaho and Washington. We stopped at a rest stop for lunch and as usual, Larry checked the quad rack out. Oh no, cracks! His worst fear come true. Before leaving Custer he purchased 3 very strong cables to tie the rack to the rig. He's had a premonition that something might happen, strange huh? And we certainly don't want the quad coming down on the road in front of the vehicle behind us. Or bouncing back up, doing significant damage to our rig!
We were only about 35 miles from town, so Dick and Lou followed behind us watching carefully and we slowly made our way into town. Late on a Saturday afternoon. Not much hope of a repair before Monday we thought. We decided to go straight to a Wal-mart while we considered our options. The guys checked with the auto department inside and found a welder a block behind the store. They were closed of course, but returned our call within a couple of hours and made an appointment for 8am Sunday to check our problem out! Can you believe that by 11am Sunday morning our problem had been welded and repaired? The shop was fantastic and Larry really liked the owner, David. In fact, we'd like to give you more information on his shop in case you are in the area and need work! It's:
ALL THINGS METAL 406-542-WELD 1225 Clark Fork Lane, Suite B Missoula MT 59808
He had a hoist to remove the quad (Larry loved that!) and did a fantastic job for us. This is also a fabrication shop and David assured Larry that the rack itself was just fine. He did do a bit of reinforcement on two areas that take the most 'bounce', and that gave my honey even more peace of mind. So, we are now ready to take Canada on stress free!
I'll continue this story tomorrow, with our evenings entertainment in Missoula and a few shots of Flathead Lake, where we are currently camped. But, I am tired now and it is time for bed! Goodnight!