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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Finally made it to the US of A!!

I made it to the US! Finally. People i met on the road start loosing their faith in me actually ending in Terra del Fuego. At the current speed it will take me forever. That's ok though.

Passed three months (what! already three months!?! uhm...that went by really quickly) learned me that traveling is all about serendipity. Planning doesn't work well with this concept. I like serendipity more than planning. It causes all sorts of unexpected things to happen. So far all positive, luckily. Planning causes you to ignore or skip opportunities thrown in your face while chasing your timetable. And that's no fun at all, is it?

Surprisingly enough I appear to function very well in the current lifestyle i choose. And i like who i am here, on the road, outside the daily work routine, stress and secure environment. Actually, i can be a really cool guy! Although, just as at home, there's up's and downs. Downs are forgotten more easily though. It goes by a short conversation, a glance at the beautiful stars at night, or listening to good music during a boring stretch from A to B. Life seems so much easier on the road...

Anyway. I left Nelson after a few rainy days and was really eager to cross the border with the US.
In Creston i drove past the Kokanee beer brewery and realized that 1) i like that beer! and 2) i was lacking a bit on cultural activities lately.

So serendipitous (is that an existing word?) as i am, i recognized this win-win situation and turned around.

Brewing is not all that diffucult, really ;-)

It does require a bit of plumbing though.

I left the brewery, drove a few miles and saw a sign "Riders Range Biker campground". It was 14:00 and decided to go check it out..

The weather was good, people friendly and beer cold. And i wasn't going anywhere (again...) after three beers i got from the campsite owners. ;-)

I totally forgot to make a picture of the proud owners. They were friendly people with lovely dogs.

Next day was an early day. I went to Waterton National park and stayed a night and went the day after to Glacier national park and stayed a night there. See my USA MT ans WY photoalbum for all pictures. Very nice environment, but not special. From Glacier nationa park headed to Bozeman, a town just above Yellowstone. I skipped breakfast and went. Around 10:00am i stopped in Bigfork to have breakfast. I tried a burget and fries instead of oatmeal for a change, and actually liked it! ;-)

As usual when i stop, people start talking to me and before i knew it i said yes to their invitation to join a biker BBQ party. Goodbye planning, hello serendipity! I followed them and it looked good! Old harleys, old bikers, all sorts of good food cookin' and I had my first beer at 11:00.

The couple who invited me, (i think...) Tammy and Curly.
Great couple.

It was an awesome party with a group of friends riding for years. They didn't took themselves all too serious and just want to have a great time. I heard some stories from the old days though.
(I'll keep them for myself for now).

Lots of people showed up, not only bikers, but friends, family etc. They sure know how to have a good BBQ here. People brought all sorts of homemade food.

Real good Music in the evening:

The guy on the right was phenomenal. Very talented guitar player and a voice like the singer of Nickleback. Awesome. The old guys to the left played the blues.

Needles to say that the next morning the hangover was terrible. I should have stayed away from the Tequilla.. It was worth it though!