Intermittent rain and a knowledge that very active days are ahead led us to just kick back today. We ran a few errands to buy an extra black ink printer cartridge, an air filler nozzle with tire pressure gauge for the compressor, a bottle of Awesome cleaner at the Dollar store, and a few other odds and ends. Afternoon naps were also high on the list of priorities. We thought about doing some ‘touristy’ thing, but we’ve both been here in Great Falls before, and other things took priority.
We got the Acer notepad computer set up with the new Logitech speakers, and Don managed to control all the miscellaneous wires and cables so they’re out of the way and almost invisible. (The small lamp on the floor won’t be there when we travel – I didn’t intend it to show up in the pic.) The GPS sensor sits on the dash where it can pick up all the satellites for navigation.
We’re departing tomorrow for Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. We’ll cross the US-Canada border at Sweetgrass, Montana. The day’s trip will be about 186 miles. If you can see the details in the map below, it’s the entire route from Great Falls, MT to Dawson Creek, BC. We’ll have several nights on the road, with plans that might change as we move along. As lots of RVers say, “Our plans are set in Jello.”
With the Alt-Tab key combo, we can switch between Microsoft Streets & Trips to the Silverleaf software that monitors the motorhome. (Actual numbers appear when the engine is running. The ?? change to numbers 1 to 6 replacing the ?’s, showing the Allison transmission gears while rolling down the road.)
Don is more interested in using Silverleaf than I am, but we can both hear directions from MS S&T in the background now that we have external speakers. And I’m starting to appreciate the extra information that the Silverleaf system gives us.
We hosted happy hour starting about 4 pm today for Dennis & Carol and Larry & Marilyn. As usual, the ‘girls’ ended up in one section of our living/eating area, and the ‘boys’ in the other. All of us seemed to have no problems keeping conversations going! And we girls decided to find time in our travels to do some craft projects. All 3 of us have lots of experience with various yarn crafts, and we look forward to sharing ideas with each other.
During happy hour we also worked toward reducing the amount of wine/liquor we have on board so maybe the border inspectors won’t penalize us too much. We made a little headway, maybe a lot of headway! And the excitement level is rising as we anticipate adventures ahead! Now it’s early to bed for the relatively short, but important and significant, drive ahead.
One final note: We’ll be turning off our cell phones while we’re in Canada to avoid the high rates for international calls. We’ll still be in touch through email and this blog, so feel free to comment or send messages.