I stopped at a scenic overlook shortly after crossing the border and took these photos.
I swung over to Hwy 41 and stopped in to say hello to Billie and Dave Leonard but unfortunately they were not home. I then carried on to I90 and west to Spokane Valley and the Super 8 on Argonne Rd as I knew Carol Finlay and her daughters would be there and I would have some company. I could not find them right away as they were out shopping and it was still early so decided to go see Jordeane. She is the girlfriend I traveled to Sipapu, New Mexicao with and she was in a very serious motorcycle accident in Spokane about a month ago. She got numerous broken bones and now has more steel in her than you can imagine...If she flies anywhere she will be setting off all the alarms in the airport.
She has a good doctor and appears to be healing well but being such an independent sole she finds it frustrating to not be able to do anything herself. By then I had contacted Carol and they were back at the hotel. So I headed back and after visiting for a bit..we all headed to Cheap Shots in the pouring rain. Dave and Shannon(the owners) were very busy but we got a bite to eat and headed back to our hotel for a swim and a much needed rest.
The next morning there was a skiff of snow on the vehicles but I had breakfast at the hotel where I bumped into a couple of my former cub scouts..Small world. The roads were wet and not too bad til I got to the mountain Passes..Outlook and Fourth of July were very icy and there were a lot of semis everywhere pulling off to chain up. I stopped once more to see Jordeane and took her some flowers hopefully to brighten her room and spirits.
As I approached Missoula the sun was shining in the Bitteroot Valley.
I went to Big Sky BMW to say Hello and they have a really nice R1200RT for 9999.00
My price I am thinking.
They I went to Art and Betty's and went to dinner with them at the Outback in Missoula. It started snowing while we were eating and so I left with a little trpidation but it was not too bad except for a couple of places. The pass out of Polson was just 2 tracks in the snow at higher elevation but I arrived at the Motel 6 in Kalispell safely. This morning I headed home and for the most part roads were dry albiet a bit breezy in spots.