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HuHot and Old Cars . . .

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Beautiful weather here in Billings today, with temps in the high 60’s and a lot of sun. But since it’s supposed to be in the low 40’s tonight, I plugged my engine’s block heater once again for a toasty engine tomorrow morning.

We’ve stayed here a number of the times over the years and you can’t ask for a nicer park.

Billings RV Park

There’s even parking for two vehicles if you need it.

For breakfast this morning we had our Wheat Montana treats from yesterday’s visit.

Wheat Montana Goodies

She got a Chocolate Croissant while I got an Almond Bearclaw. Both really good. Too bad we didn’t buy more.

Jan spend an hour or so at one of the two nearby park laundries doing our heavy floor rugs, the only thing she doesn’t normally do in our rig’s Splendide Washer/Dryer combo.

About 4pm we headed out to have dinner at our other favorite Billings’ eatery, HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Like the Genghis Grill, HuHot gives you an empty bowl and you go down a cafeteria-type line filling your bowl up with all the meats, veggies, and sauces you want.

HuHot Ingredients

Then you give it to the grill guy who tosses it on a big circular grill and cooks it up for you while you watch.

And what starts out like this,

HuHot Before

ends up like this.

HuHot After

One thing kind of funny was the grill guy’s reaction when he tossed my bowl on the grill. I had loaded it up with all of the really hot and spicy sauces, so when the steamy vapors hit in the face, he jerked back saying :”WOW”. When he looked over at me, I just smiled.

As we were leaving HuHot I saw this really nice 1937 V-8 Ford in the parking lot.

HuHot 1937 Ford 1

I really like those taillights, but I don’t think they’re original equipment. Note the gas cap in the nearest one.

HuHot 1937 Ford 2

Then it was off to the nearby Sam’s Club to pick up a prescription for me and a case of Joint Juice for Jan. We also scouted out the gas station to get some diesel tomorrow morning before we leave town.

Besides being close by and an easy in and out, at $2.37/gallon, it’s the cheapest in the area by about $.20 a gallon.

Later, coming home from Sam’s we passed another bunch of old cars.

Billings Old Cars 1

Billings Old Cars 2

Don’t know why they’re stored there, but they run the gambit of really old to fairly new.

One of our blog readers noticed the helper springs on our wiper arms in the photo of Karma sleeping on the dash yesterday..

Montana Karma on Dash 2

I found these at a truck stop a few years ago, but you can get the same ones here on Amazon.

They work great to keep the blades firmly against the glass, and even better, here on Amazon they’re half the price of the truck stop ones. Check ‘em out..

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Looking at our route to Rapid City tomorrow, I noticed that if I take US 212 past the Custer Battlefield, it makes a 50 mile shorter route around to connect back up with I-90 right above Sturgis, turning our 363 mile trip into only 313 miles. I checked in with my friend Nick Russell who has driven it before and he said it’s a nice drive.

So off we go.

Thought for the Day:

“It’s better to have all the right enemies, than it is to have all the wrong friends.”



With a side of Jell-O . . .

As it seems to happen all the time, the forecasted low of 39° for Garrison, MT last night turned out to actually be 32°.

And expecting this, I did plug in my engine’s block heater last night so that this morning my engine oil temperature was a toasty 137°. Nice.

We were out on I-90E heading to Billings, MT 240 miles away a little before 10am. And thanks to blog reader Mary Burge, our first stop was at the Wheat Montana in Three Folks, MT,

Wheat Montana 1

Wheat Montana is a family farm/deli that specializes in non-GMO wheat products grown on their own farm. Wheat which they then turn into delicious wheaty treats like ginormous cinnamon rolls

Wheat Montana Cinnamon Rolls

and other delectables.

Wheat Montana Products

Besides the goodies, we split a really good Tuna Melt with Cheddar Cheese before we got back on the road.

Thanks, Mary.

Two things come up a lot while you’re traveling through Montana:

First off you start to hate these signs.

Chain Up Area

It means you’re now in for a long, slow climb at 40mph and 3mpg. Sometimes it seems like you’re going straight up. But at least I finally got to pass someone, the slower trucks, as we crawled uphill. And just like yesterday we were back up in the snow line with piles of it still along the road.

But it also means great scenic views along the way.

Montana Scenery 1

Montana Scenery 2

Montana Scenery 3

Montana Scenery Blue Flower

One thing that was different about this trip was Karma. When we first started traveling with her last year, she would run and hide as soon as I started up the rig, and not show up again until about 15 minutes after we were parked.

But in the last six months or so she’s started coming out more, sleeping on the sofa, or on the floor between our chairs.

But today, just liked Mister used to,

Mister 3

she climbed up on the dash and went to sleep.

Montana Karma on Dash

By 4:30 we were parked and set up at the Billing’s Trailer Village RV Park, a park we’ve stayed at many times before.

And this morning we decided to shake the Jell-O again and change our schedule a little. Originally we were going to stay one night here in Billings, and then in Gillette, WY for one night, before going on to the Rapid City, SD area for a week or so.

But where to stay in Gillette was always kind of sketchy. So now we’re staying here for two nights, and then we’ll make the 365 mile trip straight through to Rapid City on Tuesday.

About 5:30 we headed out to have dinner at Famous Dave’s BBQ once again. Our last visit was about two months ago when we were staying in Apache Junction, AZ, so it was about time for another meal there.

Jan got her regular 1/2 rack of St. Louis Ribs, with fries and beans,

Famous Dave's Billings Jan

and I got my usual Rib’s N Meats Combo, with St. Louis Ribs, Beef Brisket, and a Hot Link Sausage, along with corn on the cob and beans. All delicious as usual.

Famous Dave's Billings Greg

Yeah, it’s a rut, but it’s a tasty rut. And as usual also, plenty of leftovers.

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We’ll sleep late tomorrow, goof off and then do some shopping. Then it’s dinner at our other favorite place here, the HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Thought for the Day:

The Flat Earth Society claims they have members all around the globe!


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