09/28/2010: Day 5: West to Missoula
We got a reasonably early start from the Rails Inn in Forsyth, Montana. Karen get gas as I posted a brief summary of the last three days. I am finally writing those days up properly (and replacing that post) from the comfort of my home.
Our goal for the day was Missoula, a town we'd enjoyed on our 2003 trip (written up, but not (yet) online. We stopped for coffee around 9
And we stopped for gas just north of Yellowstone.
Along the way, we decided to start collecting State Capitols. Helena wasn't much out of the way, so we jogged north on Route 69. It turned out to be a more interesting detour than expected. A long guided tour of road construction.
We got to the Capitol well before it closed, and walked around and through it. I had hoped to find a gift store selling crafts, particularly woven baskets. Who wouldn't want a Helena hand basket? But no luck.
The Montana scenery is pretty nice. One crosses the Continental Divide just west of Helena at 5,233 feet.
Driving over the mountains into the sun was tiring. We got out of Forsyth at 8, and arrived in Missoula by 6. Wasted.
Only 475 miles, today.
But we now expect two more leisurely days (maybe 6 hours actual driving each) to get to Seattle in time for the Thursday contra dance.