Cranbrook, British Columbia to Eureka, Whitefish, and Kalispell, MT
Miles Driven Today:
144 miles
Total Miles of Trip:  
3,164 miles
Hours on the Road:  
9:30 hours
Started At:  
8:30 am
Stopped for the Day:  
6:00 pm
    It was spitting rain at us when we drove out of Cranbrook, BC, on our way to the border but, within the first hour, the sun appeared and the day turned out to be beautiful.  The traffic on the highway was heavy, with lots of 18 wheelers and motorhomes trying to pass on what turned out to be the southern route through British Columbia to Alberta.  When we finally made the turn toward the border, it was like closing a door behind us - the traffic lightened up a lot.  The land was lush, green grasslands and rolling hills, with mountains off in  the distance.  The few cars on the road were doing what we were doing - going home.
Driving it Home
Montana Majestic Mountain T Tour
On The Road Again
Yellowstone then Home
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Day 36 - Thursday, July 29, 2010
Runs great...
  ....Drive it home.
Runs great...
      ....Drive it home.
Getting to Anchorage
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Our Welcome Home at the US border
    About 10 miles before we reached the border, we stopped to put the top down and wipe the raindrops off the windshield.  We spiffed everything up a little because Mike Cuffe, the chairman of the Majestic Mountains Model T Tour was planning to meet us at  the border with a few Model T friends.  When we got back in, the car wouldn't start.  The battery was dead!  More than 3,000 miles and we couldn't get the last ten!  Fortunately, Ben is good at hand-cranking the T and he got us running again.

    As we approached the Port of Entry at Roosville, we could see the Model T's on the other side.  What was surprising was that a customs agent was walking toward us with a camera.  He motioned for the car behind us to back up and took our picture approaching the gates.  (I'd love a copy of that photo, if any of the agents are reading this.)  When it was our turn, we were asked all the customary questions and then they welcomed us home.  It was so exciting!   And then, Ben had to get out and crank the car again to get us started.

    A group of around 20 people were there to greet us, with a "Welcome Home" banner and American flags.  After introductions, presentations and photos, and official greetings from the mayor, we drove parade-style into Eureka, Montana.  We felt like absolute celebrities and it was so much fun.  Mike treated us to a Bubba Burger, proclaimed by Regis and Kelly as the best hamburger in America, and eventually we headed on our way to Whitefish, the location of the tour.

    We aren't in Whiitefish tonight, we are in Kalispell (remember what I said about booking reservations in advance?) but hope  to get back into Whitefish tomorrow. We hadn't expected to be here this early and our reservations don't start until Sunday.  Wish us luck because I didn't let Ben bring a tent.
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The road south from British Columbia was smooth and wide.  It h
We were told that there would be a few Model Ters to welcome us
Even the border crossing agents were interested in our progress
This is the Mayor of Eureka, MT.  They  donated the welcome sig
We saw several pristine mountain lakes on our 50 mile drive fro
This is so typical of the Montana country side.  Nice rail fens