MONTANA to ILLINOIS
Sep. 2-5 2010
North on US 89 near Babb, MT - part of Blackfeet Nation.
Still going on US 89 - which we also encountered back at Grand Teton, remember?
US 89!!! The last photo before my surprise!!!
Prorogue this, Stephen Harper! This is US 89 at the Canadian border! The mountains in the background are in Alberta, and US 89 becomes AB 2.
These mountains are on the U.S. side of the border in Glacier National Park. In fact, the one on the right might even be our old friend Going-to-the-Sun Mountain. Mind you, we didn't enter Canada, since I didn't need an international incident.
These flags and statues stand near the border. We're looking south on US 89.
North on US 89 at the border. The Blackfeet Nation welcome sign is on the left. The Blackfoot people are known for a pencil manufacturing company, which was a tribal-owned enterprise through most of its history. These pencils were hugely popular among students all over the United States. However, the pencil company went out of business in the late 1990s.
"If I could make it to the bathroom, I mean border...If I could make it to the coast..." (Bet you haven't heard that one in years!) This is a close-up of the headache that would have been in store if we had crossed the border.
Another view of the statues.
Heading back south on US 89.
Looking back at some mountains.
East on SEC 464 (Duck Lake Road).
SEC 464 again. On the right are some cows and some real-life cowboys. They're friendly, of course, and they won't shoot you.
Still SEC 464.
Can't that truck in front of us stay on the right side of the road? Anyway, this is SEC 464 approaching where it turns south. The minor road ahead that climbs the hill at left is...McGovern Trail!
SEC 464 still!
I tried timing to see how far ahead we could see on SEC 464. We can see several miles ahead on this road here.
Still on SEC 464, approaching Browning, MT - headquarters of Blackfeet Nation.
US 2/89 in Browning.
US 2 near Blackfoot, MT.
This tiny road leads to the monument in the center of the photo. This monument is for Camp Disappointment - the northernmost point along the Lewis and Clark expedition. It got its name because Meriwether Lewis was disappointed that it rained (among other things). (I guess he was hoping for dry weather to burn phone books and light bulbs.) However, the real site of Camp Disappointment is 4 miles north of here.
US 2 approaching the town of Cut Bank, MT.
Still on US 2, we cross Cut Bank Creek into the town of the same name. We're looking over at a long and high rail bridge.
US 2 meets I-15 in Shelby, MT. What's noteworthy here is that I-15 has Lethbridge as a control city. Yes, I'm talking Alberta here - Canada, that is. After all, US 2 is designed to run only a stone's throw away from the Canadian boundary, and we've been traveling roughly parallel to the border for much of the day.
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