Day 6 - Big Sky,1974 miles & Blue Flashing Lights!

Trip Start Jul 22, 2011
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Trip End Aug 15, 2011


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Up and out early again, but looking forward to a lie in tomorrow. We had a lot of miles to get down today; 240 miles to our first stop of Great Falls, where we were going to do some grocery shopping for our week in Glacier…..and, even better, there's a Barnes & Noble there! Yippee, books!

We got off the interstate and drove 40 miles north, turn left, 40 miles west, turn right, 40 miles north, turn left, 120 miles west. We made good time to Great Falls, and were all glad to get out of the car….and into the book shop! A couple of books later, we did a 2 trolley shop in the supermarket, stocking up for our week in the National Park, as there will only be small trading posts there. After filling the boot even more with carrier bags we followed the sat nav another 10 miles up the interstate to get to Trader Joes, which is one of our favourite shops, very much like a Whole Foods shop. Lyn was very dubious as to where we were going, but the sat nav told us there was definitely a Trader Joes there, so who are we to argue? 10 miles later we pulled up outside Trader Joes…..ooops! See photos for more explanation.

On our way out of Great Falls, Tegz sat in the front to help Lyn with map reading. Lyn put his foot down to get some speed up to finish the final 150 miles. He was so busy arguing with Tegz about her map reading skills he failed to notice the Montana State Patrol car cruising down the opposite carriage way. One Police U turn later, and it a was a very sheepish Lyn sat in the car whilst the patrol man asked him if he was aware that he was doing 89 miles in a 75 mile zone. Even Lyn couldn’t get out of this one. Big big ooops! When Lyn asked him what happens next, he told Lyn he was going to jail, but then saw the look on Tegz’s face, and quickly told her he was joking. Lyn ended up with a $40 dollar fine, and was quite relieved! Guess who stuck to the speed limits for the rest of the journey? I was quite disappointed that Lyn didn’t have to get out of the car and spread 'em….that would have made a cracking photo!

We started spotting snow covered mountains in the distance and realised we were getting closer. We entered the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, and knew we were nearly there. The town of East Glacier where we are staying is tiny, and we found our little house with no problem. We spent a frantic hour unpacking the car and sorting ourselves out, and then went out for a quick car drive into the Two Medicine area, about 10 miles away. We all got dressed in long trousers and fleeces as the temperature has dropped into the 70’s; which we are glad about…..hiking is much easier when it is cooler! Two Medicines was lovely; a beautiful lake with amazing snow covered mountains. Lyn had a freezing cold paddle, and we posed for some photos, then it was back to the house for food and the washing machine! I couldn’t wait to do some washing, and neither could Ioan who has been wearing Cian’s boxers since he ran out, and has been speaking in a rather squeaky voice!

We were all eager to get to bed…..and have a lie in, and not get up at 6am!
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mcfarlne
mcfarlne on

Lyn, Lyn, 89 in a 75 tut tut, you know how hot the police are over there. Poor Tegz i bet she was worried when the law said Jail lol. As for you Luce..I have to concur that Lyn's arresting moment would of made a great photo lol. Talking of photos they are great, really loving them, keep them coming.
Chris x

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