Listen to the news, tune into find out what’s going on globally or locally. My advice, don’t do these things when you are on holidays.
Stay off of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and for that matter all other forms of social media. You might enhance your life by doing so. There will come a time when people want to be “unplugged” “off-the-grid”. When you travel in an area where the service is poor, public radio might be all you receive and driving in silence is not such a hardship, you realize the hum of the car and the open window is a beautiful thing.
On my travels I met people moving across the country, people that were travelling the country in a van or a truck – living on the side of the road or in parks, people that worked and lived in the remote grasslands of the vast state of Montana. You will always find good people at western shops, small town corner stores or a honky-tonk casino.
Montana. No taxes. A state that has grown since my last visit with towns like Sidney, Miles City, Billings, Great Falls growing up and out. Box stores that are open til 10, midnight or twenty-four hours. Who needs to go shopping at 2 am. I guess, someone travelling through that needs clothing, grocery or school supplies. I know that travellers with 5th wheel trailers or even those sleeping in their cars are welcome at the Walmart parking lots. A safe haven, if you like.
The free-ways won’t hold you back with speed limits set at 80 miles per hour. And the secondary roads, are smooth – also some under construction, but there you can drive 70 miles per hour. At first, it seems so fast, then you realize – why not! Let’s roll!
The rest stops are clean, situated where you actually have a view of something – anything. Badlands, rivers, history, farmland, grassland, it’s all part of Montana’s fabric. Small towns where few residents live have a central park area or buildings that celebrate their history. And this is a state, not unlike the rest of the union that has a lot of history. Follow along the Nez Perce trail or Lewis & Clark’s trail opening up the North West United States – it’s all part of American history.
Monday to Wednesday – 5860 kilometers travelled. Just enough time to sleep and do some site seeing or shopping. It had the feel of a Chevy Chase Vacation movie. Stop, look around, get in the car, drive! Next time, there’ll be more time to explore off the beaten path. Until then, I’ll remember staying at the Mid-Town Motel in Great Falls. I picked this spot because it was inexpensive, close to the Charlie M Russell Gallery and it looked interesting! Well, it was. Situated in the subterranean room I was issued, I was somewhat comfortable. I had just come back from dinner – upon closing my door I noticed the door across the hall, was open .. I swear, the guy was NOT wearing pants. Now that was kind of creepy! It was a room that I liken to a drifter or serial killer holding up in.
I retraced some steps I had taken 28 years ago. Some by accident and others by design.