Saturday, July 24, 2010
Crazy Daisy Tour Day 8: Lewistown, MT to Great Falls, MT
Morning started with nothing going right; couldn't book next hotel online; phone in room not working; hotel's decaf carafe dispensed only cold water; gloomy skies and temperature in the low 50s F. Then we stopped at the Shade Tree Cafe (above) in the tiny town of Denton, MT, where I had the best french toast I've had in years.
As we headed north the sky started to clear and things started looking up. Fort Benton, known as "the birthplace of Montana", was established in 1847 as the last fur trading post on the Upper Missouri River. We stroll the river bank and read many of the historic markers including one that tells the story of Shep the faithful sheep dog (below) which reminds me of Edinburgh's Greyfriars Bobby.
The guest laundry happens to be next to our room at the Quality Inn in Great Falls, MT, so we have a good clean up and sort out.
Daily distance: 254 km Fuel cost: 0