Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cruising. No control.

Well, we made it out of Canada, and into the good ol' US of A.  Or as the kids insist on calling it " 'Murica!".

Our last couple of days in Canada were filled with all the pre-departure craziness you might expect.  On Monday, we spent the day heading in to Castlegar to get our cruise control fixed on the car.  I wasn't too keen on the idea of driving 5000 miles with no cruise control.  Unfortunately, after spending a few hours in Castlegar getting the car fixed, we were in such a rush to get back to Gray Creek and finish packing that it didn't occur to us to actually check the cruise control until we were back on the other side of the lake.  Wouldn't you know it, despite 2 hours in the shop, when we actually checked it, it still didn't work.

Got it all in, even the Lego.  As long as we don't buy a single thing between here and Florida, we'll be OK.
Nevertheless, we packed up and headed out yesterday, as scheduled.  Crossed the border at Creston, with no more fuss than if we were going across for the weekend.

Yesterday, we spent driving south through Montana, and ended up in Missoula.  Montana seems like an awesome state.  Almost all of what we drove through yesterday was National Forest.  Wild and empty pretty much all the way.  Plenty of deer crossing the highway, and even a few bighorn sheep at the side of the road.  Missoula itself seems like a nice town - lots like home.  Mountains all around, and Subarus everywhere you look.

Saying goodbye to the Kootenay Lake cousins took quite a while.  Lots of hugging.
The plan is to head on down to Yellowstone today, but right now I am sitting in Missoula Hyundai, seeing if they have any better luck fixing our cruise control than Castlegar Hyundai did.  If not, I guess we will be working out our gas pedal muscles all the way to Florida.  Not the end of the world, but sort of a nuisance.

It strikes me that whenever I read boat blogs, people are always complaining about all the time they need to spend fixing their boats.  Personally, I don't really see how that is any different than owning a car and a house.  Maybe when I get on the boat, it will seem different, but as far as I can tell, things break.  If you want to keep them running, you need to suck it up and fix 'em.

Not the most dramatic start to the adventure, but at least we are finally moving!

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