05 Aug Tracy: The road heading north
Chester, Montana – It took us almost three full days to get to Chester, and we were driving the speed limit most of the time! I think it was the late starts (and extended visiting) that probably had a lot to do with the time frame.
On Thursday, we didn’t leave Jamie’s house until well after noon. We had to get in a couple more baby snuggles before we headed north again. Then, we made it back to Chadron for the night. It was the craziest thing, though. As we made our way down the hill into town, it was completely dark. Apparently, the entire town of Chadron was without power due to a storm that had rolled through earlier. We set up camp in the Walmart parking lot, opened the windows of the trailer house and went to bed. It was all of like 9 p.m.
Day No. 2 started out fairly well. We had lunch at our favorite hangout (the Belle Diner) in Belle Fourche, South Dakota and away we went.
We decided to spend the night in Jordan to hopefully say hello to a couple of our friends. The town was a buzz due to the wildfire activities. In case you haven’t heard, lightning sparked four different fires the evening of July 19th. Add fierce winds to the pictures, and it grew very quickly to where nearly 300,000 acres burned over the past week. The outpouring of donations (food, water, hay, vet supplies, fencing supplies, etc.) from all over is simply amazing to me. There are so many good people in this country. But it was the multiple loads of hay and fencing supplies we met on the road that warmed my heart the most. The people of Garfield County are some of the hardest-working people I know, and to watch this monster of a fire TRY to beat them down broke my heart. They’re tough, though, and I know they will survive.
It was early evening when we finally pulled into our new location – a farm north of Chester, Montana. We set up camp and immediately felt right at home.
Our new adventure has begun!
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