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Oh my the air was brisk this morning. It’s the first time on this trip that Chris had to add heated vest, leather jacket and winter gloves to his biking gear.  I added an extra neck covering and pulled it up over my ears for some extra warmth.

One of our stops this morning was the gas station in Reed Point, Montana. Seemingly one of the only business that’s open.  The cashier told us the population of the tiny town is 199 but only 100 of those are year round residents.  Sadly the businesses on the tiny Main Street have all shut down giving downtown the deserted look.  The only thing missing was a tumbleweed blowing down the street. It made me happy to see they still have a library.


Our breakfast stop this morning was Livingston.  We drove up and down the main street until the retro sign at Northern Pacific Beanery caught my eye.  We lucked out again finding an awesome diner in a converted train station alongside an active railway line.  There was train memorabilia on the walls and they even sell conductor hats.  I had the daily special of eggs, bacon, hash browns and biscuits with gravy. OH MY GOSH how have I lived for 56 years without having eaten this fantastic food.  Flaky homemade biscuits smothered in sausage gravy.  Seriously there was not one single crumb left on my plate.


Same as yesterday it was too cold to take many pictures from the back of the motorcycle but from this shot you can tell we’re heading into the American Rockies.  Breathtaking vistas and ranches that go on for miles.


Tonight we’re in Butte Montana once known as “the richest hill on earth.”  Coming into the city we could tell that there’s been serious mining activity from the visible scars to the land. Gold & quartz have all been mined here and driving through the “uptown” it’s apparent the city was much bigger at one time.  Once a population of over 100,000 Butte now is home to 30,000 people.  It’s encouraging to see some of the beautiful old brick buildings being preserved and rejuvenated.


We toured both”uptown” and “downtown” Butte trying to find a mom and pop motel but the motels we did find looked a bit sketchy.  Back to our dependable Best Western.


Tomorrow we’re aiming for Kalispell Montana which will be our last night in this huge state.


Love & hugs from Butte…


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