Daily Archives: May 21, 2017

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!