Miles Today: 305
Miles Total: 595
Weather: Showers, upper 60s
Consecutive Days with a cow sighting: 2
Woke up when the sun came out, which was way too early in the morning. Everyone else was still sleeping, so I got up and surfed the web a bit and started a new book on my Kindle. After finishing a couple of chapters I went back to bed for a bit.
Today’s drive was long, and pretty uneventful. We stopped in Coeur d’Alene for some gas. Mountains, Full fuel, water, jeep w/full fuel all took a pretty heavy toll on the gas mileage – got 6.2 mpg for the first tank.
We stopped for lunch at a rest area just before Missoula…Taylor and Ryan had soup.
All of the trees are dying on McDonald pass dropping into Helena (actually there are a lot of dying trees in the area). There is a beetle that is getting into the trees and killing them. I suspect that there are going to be some pretty nasty fires in this area in the future.
We pulled into Heidi and Doug’s place around 4:30p. Ordered pizza for dinner, and sat around and drank beer and ate pizza all night. They had some trees cleared recently (due to the beetles mentioned above), and we had a big bonfire…unfortunately it was raining on and off, so we set up a little shelter.
Our plan is to hang out in town until Tuesday and then start heading east again.