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Published: July 11th 2013
There were miles and miles of these beautiful bathed in yellow fields
As we were driving from Great Falls to Calgary, we had planned an easy Interstate 15 trip all the way to the border. The day was beautiful and all was going great. About 15 minutes into the trip, we came upon construction and I15 became a very narrow 2 lane highway with no shoulder on the right and no center line. Just a little moment to really get one's attention. Babs was going along very well and I was admiring the beautiful mountain views and telling Bernadette how Blessed I felt when.....all of a sudden there was an orange construction sign that said "exit 35mph". I really don't remember a thought process at all, I quickly exited and Bernadette was as startled as I was ( did I say startled? I meant scared! and Leisel just glared at me as if to say " what in the heck are you doing"). Anyway, I thought I had exited right into the construction area, but it was a make-shift exit for another road. I always keep at least 8 car lengths in front of me and while I was glancing at the mountain range, the car in front of me had evidently gone
around a curve and I thought they had exited. Well, trying to slow my heart beat was quite the project, but finally I was able to ease over to the road we had exited and went over the overpass to turn around and get back on I 15. Of course, that was not going to happen because of the major construction and we had to go straight on this road. With a Motorcoach and a Jeep the total length is 63 feet, so obviously swinging over to the side and making a u-turn is not mathematically possible. I kept going for at least 10 miles looking for some place with a large enough parking lot to allow me to turn this big boy back the other way. This was a 2 lane highway in the country and there were no walmarts or grocery stores or any parking lots at all. I finally found a pull out long enough for us to pull over and get our wits about us after about 15 minutes on this new road.
Bernadette got out the map and we discovered we were on Hwy 89 North and it took us all the way up
Choteau Montana City Square
to Glacier National Park with the Canadian border crossing right there at Hwy 2 which took us straight up to Calgary! It was a much straighter shot to Calgary than I 15 would have been, plus it took us into the beautiful farm country and views like we had never seen before. Jesus truly took the wheel of this motocoach, jerked us over to the exit and put us onto the road He wanted us to experience as opposed to the boring Interstate Highway system. In the 10 days I have been retired, I can feel a transformation in my being. As we have described in earlier blogs (no hot water, step well cover frozen shut, encounter with a boulder that put a nice dent in the storage bay door and today, the "Chevy Chase Vacation moment with the exit", these events would have ruined my relaxation to say the least. However, this trip has been wonderful, relaxing and rejuvenating and each incident, we have both taken in stride and stayed in "the now". Wow, what a difference.
Today was a day of catch up and relaxation. We took a long walk with Leisel beside the Bow River which
The Rocky Mountain Range getting into Glacier National Park
is just a short walk from our campsite. We had a wonderful Italian dinner and then came "home" to get Leisel and our bikes so we could bike the trail by the river. Tomorrow we head to Edmonton for a few days and then on to Dawson Creek.
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