Glad I got up early this morning because I totally forgot what the day was going to be like.
Luckily all my food was fine, and I ate a quick breakfast and took down camp and tried to get moving right away because it was pretty cold out, mid 40's. I got into Mullan and was glad I didn't stay there. Such a sad, rundown, dying town. I got some water out of a garden spigot at a closed gas station and headed onto the interstate.
I realized that today I was climbing up Lookout Pass; 1,500 feet elevation gain in 6 miles, with another 20 to walk after that. Blah.
It such was a BEAUTIFUL day though. The weather was prefect and the mountains around were stunning. It was in a National Park so they were covered in trees and smelled so good. I saw a bunch of deer today. All eating the grass in the slopes next the the freeway. They were pretty funny, as they had no clue what to think of my cart. I could get pretty close, and sometimes they would come forward a little to try and figure it out, but as soon as they saw me, they took off.
It took forever to get to the top of the pass. I was happy to know that the rest of the day would be down hill. I was upset when I saw the sign for entering Montana...Just a small sign above the overpass. How boring! I stopped to eat lunch and relax a little and take in the breathe-taking views of the snow on the mountain tops. On the way down, I swear everyone was honking and waving... Maybe they realized what I just walked over? I don't know, but it made me feel good!
The next 20 miles were pretty easy, and the scenery was to die for. I finally got to my next stop, which was called the Silver $ Inn. A casino/gas station/motel/RV Park/restaurant/gift shop and an interesting place to say the least. I stopped in the motel and asked the woman about camping. She said to go around to the back, and set up in the RV Park (free). I asked her if there was a place to leave BMW because I wanted to have dinner in the restaurant and take a look at the 50,000 silver dollars in the bar. She looked at me funny, so I told her I was walking across America and she said "Huh" and said she had no place for my cart. I looked behind her at the empty office... She didn't look. So I thanked her and left.
I set up camp, and looked around for a spot to lock up BMW. The RV across from me had a family, so I just asked them if they wouldn't mind keeping an eye on my stuff. They said of course. As I headed off to the restaurant, a loud, obnoxious RV pulled in, and parked in the spot next to mine about 200 feet away. The mom got out first from the passenger side screaming every profanity you could think of. Literally, every one. She was yelling at her apparently, good-for-nothing, *&$^%&, #%%^, &%*^&, husband... While her teenager, and two young babies got out of the back. Nice.
I stuck around awhile to try and find out what they were up to. She finally shut up, and so I left. I ate a burger and had a beer and walked around awhile looking at allllllll the Montana stuff you could buy. When I headed back to my tent I thought I should go to bed early since I had such a long day and I had another 20 mile day tomorrow.
I didn't get much sleep though. The wonderful family of screaming adults stayed up drinking till 1 AM yelling and cussing and being totally inappropriate. I tried to call the wonderful lady at the front desk, and when I told her what they were doing she said "huh" sorry she couldn't help. Great. So they finally passed out at 1 and I and everyone else in the RV park finally got some sleep.