Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Missoula Trip 2012 Additions

My friend Carol just sent these pictures of our trip to Missoula to me today and I had already done the blog so decided to just add them on. There is one of me in the restaurant at Somers, Mt and a picture of some photos on the wall of the cafe.Then a photo of me with my trophy in Lincoln.Mt and then some of the road east of Lincoln to Lethbridge...Feb!! Look at the copious amounts of SNOW????

Monday, 20 February 2012

Trip to Missoula

Feb 17/2012
At the last minute I decided I needed to get out of town so with my friend Carol I headed for Missoula Montana. We left about 1PM and as it was getting dark and I was getting tired we decided to stay at the Motel 6 in Kalispell. We had stopped at the Hummingbird in Arlee and bought some licorce which they are famous for. After we checked in we walked over to Los Corporales and had a lovely dinner. That night it snowed a bit on the vehicle but was still quite nice so the next morning we headed out and stopped at the Somers Cafe for breakfast. I have been here a few times and it is a really great breakfast spot with great decor. Then on to Missoula. On arrival we went directly to the Harley shop because I wanted to buy a shirt and then on to Big Sky BMW where I put an offer on the 2007 R1200RT I have been looking at. They will let me know on Tuesday if they accept the bid or not. Chuck Reaves and Mike McIntry were there from the Western Montana BMW club and they will be at the meeting tomorrow also.
We then went over to Tingley's the Yamaha dealer to say Hello to Mike and Betty. Always good to see them and tell a few jokes and tell them about my adventures. Then we went to the Book Exchange so I could get some reading material and then to Brooks Street Motor Inn to check in. Later that evening Betty and Kifflen and Carol and I went to Appleby's for a girls night out. Then off to bed.
The next morning Carol and I enjoyed a great breakfast at the Lucky Strike in Missoula but a lot of the gang I usually have breakfast with were away so we ate alone and then went to the Safeway Gas bar to say goodbye to Betty. Then Carol wanted a few things from WalMart so we stopped on the way out of town and who should be at the checkout but Gill..One of the fellows who used to be in the old group but I had not seen him for a long while. Good to check in with old friends.
Then we got on the road heading north on 200 to Lincoln, Montana. We were a little early so I took Carol to the Hi-Country Meats place. This is a must stop if you are in Lincoln. They sell the best beef jerky and they are a gift shop as well. I want one of everything. So we managed to drag ourselves out of there a little lighter in the pocketbook. And continued on a few miles to The Pit Stop on the east end of Lincoln. The owner made homemade pies for us...Lemon Meringue..Coconut Cream and Chocolate Cream..Too die for.
There were about 20 at the meeting and none of them could believe that I had come all the way from Calgary for this event. But they did award me with the high mileage award for last year. It will stay at Big Sky BMW in Missoula with my name on it.
After the meeting I was a little concerned about the snow flurry passing through Lincoln but 2 miles down the road It was clear and dry and there was absolutely no snow all the way to Lethbridge. We called Ann and went over to her house and then Ann, Linda Liptak, Carol and I went to Boston Pizza for dinner. We had a nice visit with Ann and then turned in and this morning on the news it said there was a bad snowstorm in Calgary and the roads were icy, lots of accidents..etc so we got on the road with a little trepidation. It was clear and dry all the way to Calgary..I kept wondering when we were going to hit the bad roads.
Tomorrow I have to go to work???? Guess I do not have that retirement thing quite down yet.