Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 7: Minot, North Dakota to Lewistown, Montana

Got the hammer down 450 miles to the Judith Mountains and Lewistown, Montana. Two hours in the pouring rain across the ND oilpatch to Williston, which is full of roughnecks in pickups. We stop in the old downtown which has a fifties feel - like being transported into the past.
To Culbertson, Montana - a north-south stop two years ago. We take diesel at Oelkers which provides fifties style service - offering maps, brochures, check your oil, clean your windscreen etc. Out into empty country on Montana Highway 200. We start hypermiling to reach Winnett which has the most down home gas station on the planet - two pumps in the middle of a wide dirt road. We buy snacks at the local market which seems to operate on tick. Everywhere here there are signs warning against the evils of crystal meth - including on the Indian reservations we pass.

On arrival in Lewistown we head down to the library for some quick research on Sam Gebo, a former big deal in these parts. We photograph the Masonic Lodge. Supper at Bon Ton, an old soda fountain that has operated for more than a century. The service was out to lunch however as they take forever and get our order wrong.
Listening to The Doobie Brothers, Long train running. KISS play the North Dakota State Fair, Minot, on Saturday, 24 July. LeAnn Rimes plays Richland County Fair and Rodeo, Sidney, Montana, Saturday, August 7.

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