Wed, July 10

Slept at a hotel in Bismarck, ND last night and got up in the morning on a mission to find two new tires for the camper. The first shop I called had them and they said first come first served so I headed over right away. The folks at OK Tire Store were better than Okay and got me right in, the tires installed and on the camper very quickly. I got on the road right from there and made a short stop in Dickinson, ND for gas fill up and a chai tea and to catch up on some things. The trailer was pulling just fine and the tires felt good.

Saw quite a bit of this blindingly fluorescent yellow crop on my drive from Bismarck, ND to the Montana state line

Made it to the ranch property near Baker, Montana by 12:30. I set in to the chores to set up the pop up camper and organize the gear and food and get the water and electricity hooked up, basically setting up a home for me and friends for the next 4 or 5 weeks. I thought about quitting in time to go into town for some groceries and things, but I just kept at it getting stuff all set up. It always takes longer than I think it will!

Overlook of the ranch we are working on this year in Montana

The drive out took a total of 23-1/2 hours and I drove 1320 miles in two days from our home in Martinsville to the ranch. Feels good to be here and I look forward to heading into town in the morning. It was plenty hot today working around the camp with nice blue skies and puffy white clouds. I did notice quite a heavy smoke haze while driving in western N. Dakota this morning. I’m not aware of any fires in the general area but I know that smoke from big fires often clouds a huge swath of country. Hope it stays away from here.

Camp mostly set up and nice view of badlands full of fossils in the background