Day 2 - Gulch Campground

Trip Start Mar 27, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Gulch Campground

Flag of United States  , Montana
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Day 2—August 3rd, 2010
Gulch Campground, 46 miles NE of Libby, MT on Hwy 37--$9
285 miles today—a day of many narrow bridges
Elevation 2.472, 347 miles from home
Avg MPG 11.5—gas prices $2.85 and $3.15
Truck—all systems go

Today we had breakfast in WA, lunch in ID, and dinner in MT. We slept in this morning and were awakened by 2 Asian ladies outside our camper picking blueberries and chatting away. Last night we played a terrible game of Scrabble that we didn’t finish; Jake had 2 “v’s”, the “z” and the “x” and no vowels by the 4th draw, and that is after breaking the ax handle trying to chop up a branch. His left knee took some abuse. We left the campground at 9:44 after a breakfast of Top Ramen and PB sandwich (Jake) and a slice of pizza, college style (cold--Laurel). The weather was perfect and the roads good; traffic is amazingly light and we rarely need to let people around us.

Lunch of ham sandwiches and chips was in Sandpoint, ID by the Pend Oreille Lake, which is huge and neither one of us had ever heard of. I got turned around on the map so we burned a gallon of gas retracing our steps, but that allowed us to go through East Hope minutes later just in time to be cut off by a gray haired guy on a bicycle crossing 3 traffic lanes just as Jake was saying “East Hope, population 441…and almost 440”. We noticed a sign about a bridge that was in our future being only tall enough for a rig 13’, 3” so just to be sure we re-measured…11’5”. Phew. Jake and I decided that we could easily live in MT as we drove up Hwy 56, which is a wide valley through which a river flows and is bordered by tall mountains and topped with a big sky. Jake reminded me that the MT trip was how this all started. We were going to take 2 weeks traveling around MT, then it was 3 weeks, then it was 6 weeks doing the Dempster Highway with my folks, and now it is a year on the road. My response was “give me an inch…”. We stopped in Libby to gas up and get some advice about camping where there was a water hook-up as the bleach thing in our water tank needs to be resolved sooner rather than later. We were directed to Rocky Gorge. We got there and were unimpressed with the campground and all the water spouts had spigots rather than hose hook-ups. No fresh water for us. Jake was getting a numb butt and we both were tired so we were frustrated to say the least. (It’s easy to tell when we are both getting road weary as conversation and bantering is almost non-existent.) We landed at this campground to find that it, too, did not have water for us but we stayed anyway. We’ll find water tomorrow.

We are convinced by the past 2 day’s travel up and down mountains that the work we had done on the truck (increasing the air intake and doubling the exhaust) is worth its money. It seems to be helping with gas mileage and horsepower…we are able to maintain a consistent speed of 60 MPH even going up long, steep grades. The satellite TV is pissing Jake off as we have yet to make it work…not that we want to watch TV right now, but we want to know if the system works. And we are missing Jeopardy. (Still no signal for posting.)
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