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It’s Mother’s Day in Montana:

Facing a long drive this morning down the Bitterroot mountains and  into the Great Red State of Montana (speed limit, by the way, is 75 MPH).  Three and a half hours to Missoula from last night’s Wolf Lodge Campground where we will connect with highway 93 south.

It is still spring in Montana country, the trees everywhere are barely leafing out, and the deep valleys between steep mountain ranges are a bright Oregon green.  We travel highway 90, the major interstate in Montana that crosses the whole of the state, intersects with  highway 212 in Billings, and then swings south, traversing the southeast part of the state between Custer and Bighorn National Forests and shifts due east, crossing the North Dakota border just north of the Black Hills National Forest.

A sixteen mile drive south on 93, and we arrive in Florence, Montana, in the afternoon.  Plugged Christian’s address into the half-dead Garmin.  Its directions put us into the general vicinity. We were in the right neighborhood (more rural ranch land than neighborhood), but we could not find Christian’s house number from the dirt road we were on.  A very nice lady pulled over to help us out and another gentleman pointed us in the general direction.  Met up with Ashley and little Izzy, Christian and Ashley’s daughter, and had a good time drinking Montana beer and catching up on family business (Maxey business that is).  Christian had some suggestions for local Missoula RV repair places that we could check out the next day.  Jackie and I were exhausted, dealt with another night of cramped sleeping quarters in the Coach House.

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