Friday, August 5, 2011

Day 13- Back in the U.S., back in the U.S, back in the U.S.A.

We awoke this morning to find clear skies and crisp air. We left Waterton National Park and drove about 20 minutes to the U.S. border. We were let back in without incident. Well, Chochem was given 20 questions about if he was wearing any gang colors or had any weapons, but other than that it was pretty smooth. It felt good to be back in the U.S., and to begin the next chapter of our journey. We were now in Montana, big sky country, and it was beautiful. In the distance, the mountains we had just come from. Ahead of us, miles and miles of open road and sunshine.
We were cruising, 65mph, open road ahead, and smiles on our faces. We passed horse ranches, cattle ranches, even a buffalo ranch. In every direction the green fields went on and on as far as I could see. We stopped in a tiny little town called Choteau for lunch. It felt more like a hollywood set than a real town, a tiny little back country American town.
We got back on the bikes and road the remaining 50 miles to our destination for the day, Great Falls Montana. After checking in, we met for our toast, and then it was laundry time. Between the 9 of us, we filled up all the available washers and dryers. Because the dryers weren't working too well, El Breker made friends with one of the housekeeping staff, and she let us throw our clothes into the hotel's massive industrial dryer. 20 minutes later, our clothes were good to go.
We headed into downtown Great Falls and hung out a the little block party that was going on. We listened to some live music, and chatted with some of the locals. One of them, a city council member in fact, was a real character who chatted us up about his late uncle's old Harley dealership, and the old bikes that he had. Nice guy, but boy could he talk!
We next made our way over to a little restaurant called Bert & Ernie's. Dinner was delicious, and the service was great, and the prices were fantastic too. Man, it felt good to be back in the U.S.A.
We headed back to the hotel under a sky that looked as if it had been painted. Above us, dark rain clouds merged with the setting sun's golden-red colored sky and clouds. It was amazing, like an alien skyscape. It was a great end to our first day back in the U.S. Tomorrow, we head for Billings Montana, and what I am sure will be another great ride through this amazing landscape, and incredible skies.

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