This has been a slow kind of week. The kind where we get to sleep in a parked truck for a few hours each night. The kind where we have time to stop and meet Malcolm's parents for lunch and a visit. Its been the kind of week where we keep finding ourselves surrounded by beautiful scenery with the time to soak it in a little.
We started on Monday, loading north of Portland at the Port of Longview in Washington. We had about 450 miles to go over into Idaho, and the drive to get there took us along a favorite drive, WA 14 on the north side of the Columbia River Gorge.
Because of the trees and our movement, I couldn't get a picture of the multitude of waterfalls across the river on the Oregon side, but there are numerous falls and they were all putting on a grand show, probably due to recent rain falls and snow melt. More evidence of plenty of rain, there are several large dams on the river and each had their gates wide open.
We delivered south west of Boise, ID on Tuesday morning. After reloading about 200 miles away in Pocatello, ID, we headed north to Idaho Falls where we picked up another of my favorite routes to travel, US 20 and then US 191 into Montana and through Yellowstone country.
Fortunately, and thanks to our specialized bumper, one of the greatest investments we've ever made, the truck was fine and we were able to keep rolling. We arrived at our destination, the teeny tiny town of Bloomfield, MT, around 2:00am. I took the girls out and absorbed the absolute silence of a Montana prairie night, the faint aroma of earth and grass in the air that springtime brings, and the millions of stars visible in the sky. Then I went to bed.
There are few things in the world that make me feel as wonderful as waking up, looking out my window, and being greeted by the eastern Montana prairie. I fall in love all over again!
We just delivered in Platteville, CO and the "take it easy and enjoy the scenery" part of the week just ended. We are rushing over to eastern CO to reload and have to be 1400 miles away in Stockton, California as soon as we possibly can. Our reload, 150 miles north of our delivery, stops loading at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon! We can do it as long as no hitches are thrown into the game. Reckon we'll make it? I'll let you know.
So far, Colorado's not cooperating!