If you’ve read the webpage lately  you’ll know we made it to Montana. It was fairly uneventfull, fairly.

 The first day went okay. We hit some ugly traffic outside of Sacramento. Other than that the first day was pretty smooth. We tried to make the town of Elko Nevada but ended up stopping  in Winnemucca Nevada. We stayed the first night in a Holiday Inn Express. All in all I was happy. $150 roughly for the five of us and the dog. The girls got some swimming in and there was a fairly decent breakfast the next morning.

 The second day of our travels was a tad more interesting. We stopped for some icecream at the McDonalds in Elko. It was really hot running through the desert. Stopping in Elko was a terrible mistake. There must be some pretty serious lead, arsinic, radioactivity, or something in the water there. Picture Deliverance, and then subtract another 20 IQ points. You’ll get close. I was so glad to get the hell out of that nasty little town, I’m just glad we didn’t stay the night there.  If you ever have a chance to go there, don’t.

We kept going through the desert and got almost to the Idaho border. As we pulled into the small town of Jackpot Nevada my serpentine belt spun off, literally as I was slowing from 65 to 35 as we entered the town. Checking the engine showed that the 4 bolts holding the fan assembly to the water pump had worked themselves loose and tossed the belt. 15 minutes later and I have the truck running again thanks to the tool kit Chuck gave me. The belt was pretty tore up but still in one piece. We had a choice, have Roberta and the girls make a run to Twin Falls Idaho for the belt and come back with it, 90 miles round trip, or hit the road and hope the belt held till we got to Twin Falls. Jackpot had NO auto parts stores. Well we took our chances and away we went, and made it. Whew.

I changed out the serpentine belt in the parking  lot of the parts store and on we went. We finally made Butte, MT at about midnight, but we made it. A lot of smoke and ash in southern Montana, I think half the states on fire. All in all we made just over 1150 miles in two days with the girls and the dog. Not bad time considering.


Saying goodbye to Lynn and Chuck. The hardest part of the move. You won’t find better people than them. They are the best and the girls just absolutely love them.


Packed and ready to go. Everything we own fit in the back of my truck and in the Jeep. Scary.


Taking a break just across the Nevada border.


Not much too see going though Nevada, a lot of desert.


The face of an Adventurer. Molly playing with the camera.