Miles driven: 609.4
Stops for gas: 3
Times we failed to get ice at the gas station: 3
This morning we headed back east for the first time of the trip. I was a little bummed but Noah was a little excited to be heading back in the direction of home, which makes what he did later so much nicer. It was our longest driving day so far and probably the one with the most mountain driving. We were going to be following some of the same route my dad took 14 years ago when he biked the Lewis & Clark trail. I had a mission to take a picture at the same sign at the top of the mountains as he did:
I have had this photo op planned since the beginning of the trip so I was glad it was finally happening.
At the beginning of the trip I was really careful to give Noah the easy driving shifts but by now he is quite the experienced road trip driver so this morning I just tossed him the keys and he tackled the mountains. It was not easy driving. As I knew we would be, we were blown away by the fact that Dad did the whole thing on a bicycle.
The first Montana sign we came to did not look like the same one and I knew we would be crossing the border again in a minute so I had Noah drive on. That was a mistake because the next border we came to five minutes later there was no sign. I tried to quell my disappointment for a few minutes but just couldn’t manage it. Noah was a good sport about it and agreed to backtrack a few miles, as long as I took over the driving. The resulting picture isn’t a great replica because I was in a hurry, but it’s not bad:
I guess I can forgive them for changing the sign since it’s been 14 years.
In eastern Wyoming we started seeing some random short rows of tall fencing. Noah thought they might have something to do with livestock. I thought maybe they were spelling out a message only viewable from space. Turns out they are there to help keep snow off the road. Google “random fencing in Wyoming” to learn more.
The rest of the drive was pretty uneventful. I saw beautiful scenery and wished I could capture it better on my phone and Noah gave me the play by play of what adjustments each of the drivers around us had made to their vehicles.
I didn’t take any pictures of the vehicles.
We had lunch in Bozeman, MT and I really wished I could stand on top of a building and take a 360 photo because they are almost completely surrounded by mountains. Noah gave one of his biggest smiles of the trip when the restaurant actually had good sweet tea. He hasn’t been able to find his favorite beverage much up north.
We got to our campsite near Buffalo, WY around 5 and pondered what we wanted to do for the evening. Then for the first time of the trip we decided to go see something that had nothing to do with nature: the Han Solo movie. No regrets.