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Published on May 24, 2017, by admin in Alaska Trip.

I left Cascade, Montana early Tuesday and drove less than one hundred miles to Shelby, Montana. I spied a parking area two miles south of town that looked fine for the night and drove on into town to take care of a couple chores before returning. I filled Minnie with gas and went to a bank to exchange some US money into Canadian. My bank charges 3% for each transaction on my credit card in Canada, so I thought exchanging cash would be better than paying the fee. Turns out that banks charge 3% to exchange cash. There is no way to win! At least I have cash for places that don’t take credit cards.

I drove back to the parking area and mixed up a batch of scrambled eggs for dinner. I read on the internet that all poultry products are banned in Canada and I had almost a full package of eggs. (The border inspector never mentioned anything about poultry.)

Warnings and windsocks!

Warnings and windsocks!

During the night the wind picked up and rocked Minnie with increasing force. I left quite early, but the wind was up to its old tricks and waiting for me. The whole top section of Montana is part of the Great Plains, and with nothing but rolling hills and grasslands for as far as the eye can see, offers no obstacles to slow the wind. All the way to the border and beyond, 40 mph gusts hit me broadside. It was not a fun drive.

Thanks Verizon

Thanks Verizon

Being fairly early, there was little line at the border and I was through in about 15 minutes. I wanted to find a place where I could stop for a couple days and wait out this storm coming through. Weather forecast was for strong winds and heavy rain for two days. There was a Walmart in Lethbridge, Alberta only 75 km north of the border, so I decided to drive at least that far and then figure out a plan. I slowed way down to 80 kph and fought the wind for over an hour to Lethbridge. The good thing was that there was hardly any traffic.

The Walmart parking lot had several RVs parked along one side and I joined them there. I may be here until Friday. I might not be able to post very regularly. So far I have internet but I’m not sure how long it will last. Verizon gives me a connection in Canada but very limited data amounts. I’m not the type to stay in RV parks with free Wi-Fi so updates may be spotty.