We said goodbye to our couchsurfing host Ashley and her dog Sebastian. It was a good visit, but too short. I guess we'll have to come through this area again someday. Thanks for your hospitality Ashley!
Ashley and Sebastian.
Ashley suggested we can't leave the area without playing tourist just a little bit, so outside the city of Gillette, Wyoming is a huge coal mine. And the mine has built a little viewing area over the pit. It was pretty close to the road we were taking out of town anyhow, so we stopped to see the mine.
Huge coal mine.
Huge shovel. Scoops out 23 cubic yards of material at a time.
Huge tire. It weighs six and a half tons, and a new one costs $38,000.
Huge truck that those tires go on. Notice that everything about this coal mine is huge!
The huge mine makes the trucks look tiny.
From there, we headed north. The sky was overcast, but it wasn't that cold. We got a few drops of rain, but otherwise it was a nice drive. Temperature was about 40F (4C).
Getting near the Montana border.
Hardly any traffic on the roads. It was a pretty relaxing drive compared to the day before!
This is our Montana border crossing! About five miles (8 kms) of road construction!
The little blue car REALLY needs a bath now!
We stopped at a little motel in the town of Terry, Montana. The lady wanted $55 a night and I figured we could do better so we continued to the town of Circle, Montana. Middle of nowhere! Stopped at the Travelers Inn and ended up paying $57! Oh well. Really old motel, with old furnishings etc. But a really comfy bed and everything spotlessly clean as can be. Not a bad place really and even a new flat screen TV.
The little blue car at the Travelers Inn.
Today, we will cross the border into Canada. We're heading for Moose Jaw tonight, and then Saskatoon on Sunday.
Yesterday's drive, 264 miles (422 kms).