But, the trip was not the smoothest...
We topped up the gas tank in Malta, Montana at $2.34 per gallon ($0.77 per litre CAD) and hit the road at about 8:30am. It wasn't long before we hit some construction.
We couldn't really figure out what they were doing. The original road was in pretty good shape, and hardly anybody uses this road anyhow. But whatever they were doing, it was a major operation and it lasted for about 5 miles.
This is in Montana, heading towards the Canadian border. The sign even advertises Swift Current! The road was in pretty good shape.
At the border.
Border crossing was uneventful. I bet not 20 people per day cross here. The Canadian border guard only glanced at our passports...no scanning them, and no stamping them. I can never figure this out. If they are supposed to be keeping track of how much time you spend in or out of the country, and sharing this info with the Americans, how does it work when they don't scan your passports? I would guess that it doesn't work at all. As I said, I don't get it.
As soon as we crossed the border, the road was in terrible condition. I mean terrible!
It was so bad you couldn't go 60 km/h, let alone the posted 90 km/h speed limit.
Can you imagine that this highway leads to the entrance of one of Canada's National Parks. Obviously, nobody goes there. At least not if they knew the condition of this road ahead of time!
It was so bad, that Ruth filmed a video. I didn't know that she was videoing this at the time, so my comments are actually kind of funny. Turn up your volume...
Yes, I will be sending a note to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Transportation. It's embarrassing to have a road this bad. Especially one that leads to a U.S. border crossing and one of Canada's National parks. We've just completed about 2,000 miles of driving all the way from the highlands of Mexico, and the worst road that we get is as soon as we enter Canada. Like I said, terrible.
Of course my complaint will probably lead nowhere. I came across this article from 4 years ago where they mention the "dilapidated" condition of highway 4 north of the U.S. border....
Do not take this road...
86 kms (52 miles) of driving hell from the USA border to Cadillac, Saskatchewan.
We pulled into Swift Current and did some grocery shopping. Hey, the Swift Current Walmart has guest wi-fi now...nice!
Went to a Bell Mobility location and got our mi-fi activated. We do this process every year as a pay as you go device, and every time we have to get it re-activated it takes them about 45 minutes to get the job done. No idea why, but they always seem to have problems. Anyhow, we walked out of there with it working, so at least that's done and we have internet.
As we were driving to Cabri, a series of trucks went by and one of them threw a stone at Sherman's windshield. We didn't think anything of it at the time, but by the time we arrived in Cabri, there was a crack 6" long!! So, we drove 2,000 miles without any issues, and then a couple of miles from home we get a cracked windshield! We feel really bad for Sherman. He's injured! I don't even know if we can find a replacement. Fortunately, it's on the passenger side and it's a two piece windshield.
We stopped in the town of Cabri, and picked up our keys, and then did the 20 kms of dirt road out to the park. The dirt road was in better shape than the paved road we had been on earlier!
The road leading down to the park.
The entranceway. They've had an early spring, and the leaves are coming out already!
Delicious burgers for supper.
Sherman, temporarily parked up at Cabri Regional Park.
Sherman's injury. :-(
There's a nice little log splitter on sale at Amazon.com. I know, this is kind of an oddball item for us to be telling you about, but it's the exact same item that I've used here at the campground, and so I know that's this is a good deal. If you happen to need a log splitter!
And our Canadian readers can get a great deal on an Oral-B power toothbrush...