Yellowstone Trail….Montana 2

This will be a short post to finish out Montana and tomorrow I’ll post Washington…..stay tuned! The Montana weather has been great with cool mornings and warm/hot afternoons. The back roads were once again really fun but challenging in navigation. I’ve posted a few more pic’s below to give you an idea of the terrain…beautiful part of the country.

 

The landscape is starting to get more rugged

The landscape is starting to get more rugged

 

 

The leaves are turning more each day

The leaves are turning more each day…a bend in the Yellowstone River

An abandoned railroad bridge

An abandoned railroad bridge

We just turned over 15,000 miles so far on the World Tour!!

We just turned over 15,000 miles so far on the World Tour!!

No matter how many times you cross it, the Yellowstone River is always a changing art canvas...

No matter how many times you cross it, the Yellowstone River is always a changing art canvas…

Tomorrow, the end of the Yellowstone Trail….our arrival at Puget Sound in Seattle !!!!!

Yellowstone Trail…..Montana

Well, we woke up in Miles City, MT to another good day on the road…..every day is a good day, it’s just some are better than others!

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s always great to start a day where someone inspires you to feel better about life and that happened this morning. Luke and I were loading the Roadster getting ready to leave our motel and an older couple approached the car on a brisk walk. The gentleman came up and asked “whats that outfit you’re driving”….I replied that it was a 1928 Plymouth. He paused for awhile and a smile crossed his face as he replied “why that’s the year I was born”…in the meantime his wife was looking over the car and said “this is a Dolly, a real Dolly….after another pause she looked at me and said “it’s just a darling….it brings back so many memories for my husband and I”…”thank you so much for keeping her alive”. I asked if I could take a picture of she and her husband with the car and she said “the picture is in my mind and we’re already behind on our morning walk”….with that they took off looking like the were 20 years younger. That made my day…..

 

Today was another real back road adventure…..most of it on gravel/dirt roads. I’d like to thank John Ridge and his wife as well as Mark Mowbray for helping us so much on the YT mapping.

 

Below are a few photo’s of today’s adventure

 

A driving break along the trail....in a week, the leaves should be spectacular!!

A driving break along the trail….in a week, the leaves should be spectacular!!

 

 

Along the Yellowstone River....

Along the Yellowstone River….this was a great drive!

We're not lost, just not sure where where we are..I liked the wooden bridge so we took a quick map break

We’re not lost, just not sure where we are..I liked the wooden bridge so we took a quick map break

Almost, but not quite a ghost town ....I think the bar is for sale if anyone is interested

Almost, but not quite a ghost town ….I think the bar is for sale if anyone is interested

Abandoned elevator next to the railroad tracks...I like the signage

Abandoned elevator next to the railroad tracks…I like the signage

Looks like rain tonight....hope it does as it will rinse the dust off the Roadster

Looks like rain tonight….hope it does as it will rinse the dust off the Roadster

Westward Ho….Should be in Spokane tomorrow….over nighting tonight in Butte, MT

Yellowstone Trail…Minnesota, S. Dakota, N. Dakota

We had a great drive today, but longer than planned. Since Western S. Dakota and all of N. Dakota basically follows Hwy #12, we decided to make it a long drive day and get to Baker,MT tonight. Unfortunately, Baker was completely booked motel wise due to N Dakota oil field workers, railroad workers and pipeline workers….who would have guessed that all the motels in town have long term reservations for M,T, W and TH nights. Our only choice was to continue west to Miles City, an 80 mile drive, which is much bigger….the problem was the same there, however, after being turned down at 4 motels, we found a room at a Super 8. At this point I would have taken a horse stall as it was by now after 9:00PM.

 

This will be a short post as I’m really tired, but wanted to share one great story today and a few photo’s of the back roads .

 

So, after some great gravel road drives we pulled into Ipswich, S. Dakota the home of the YT. We drove by the local Museum, however, it was closed so I took a drive down Main St and found a YT Mural painted on a building. I stopped to take a photo, at which point a lady came running out of a local business and was yelling “oh my god…I love your car, what are you doing in Ipswich? That led to our World Tour story at which point she insisted we go into her store….her name is Glorya Kackman and she owns the Red Bobbin Sewing Salon. Turns out Glorya is a costume designer and her store is a very cool place with all types of different clothing. To make a long story short, we got her to sign the car and had a great time hanging out. Then on the way out of town we found the Ipswich Arch that had been originally located at the entrance to Main St, then moved to Hwy#12, then moved again due to height restriction on the highway and finally to a nearby park.

 

YT mural on a Main St building

YT mural on a Main St building

Our new friend Glorya on Main St in Ipswich, SD

Our new friend Glorya on Main St in Ipswich, SD….she’s really a great very funny enthusiastic lady !!!! She made our day!!

Glorya signing the car...we're fast running out of room for signing

Glorya signing the car…we’re fast running out of room for signing. I told her I should park the car as I was stopped in the middle of Main St…her reply “this is Ipswich…there won’t be any cars coming by here, leave it where it is….you know what, she was right!

The YT Arch now at a park next to Hwy #12 in Ipswich

The YT Arch now at a park next to Hwy #12 in Ipswich

Heading onto another YT back road adventure....

Heading onto another YT back road adventure….

One of a couple historic YT bridges we went under

And finally, our first US Roadster incident….we met a large double trailer gravel truck coming at us at high speed on the highway and just as he passed us we heard a loud pop, and a small gravel chunk hit the windshield creating  a thumb sized rock chip in the windshield….at least it didn’t break it!!!

Rock chip in windshield....thanks gravel truck driver!!

Rock chip in windshield….thanks gravel truck driver!!

And our final goodbye to the back roads….an eagle nest high in the trees and a herd of buffalo!!!!

An eagle nest, I think, high in a tree...

An eagle nest, I think, high in a tree…

A small herd of buffalo...not something you see everyday ....

A small herd of buffalo…not something you see everyday ….

Hope some of this made sense…I’m too tired to think