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Montana Speeder Run 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

After spending almost 2 weeks “on the rails” in Montana I’m ready to be home again. We leave again in a couple more days to go to Coos Bay, Oregon so I’ll be posting another blog when we return next week. With only about a one week turn-around between trips I’m feeling pretty exhausted. I decided to try the camera on my new smart phone for this trip so the pictures aren’t as good as they would have been with my regular camera. No one told me to turn the camera sideways to take better pictures so it’s hard to see much in a lot of them. Live and learn I guess. I did manage to figure out how to take video with my camera so will include a couple of those also.

We left Oregon on June 6, following behind our friends Don and Joyce in their motor home pulling their “speeder”.





We stopped for breakfast along the way and saw this in the parking lot, didn’t get to see the owner but I think he spent too much time in the ‘60’s. I love the flamingo on the front….



The Columbia River along the Lewis and Clark trail…



In our railcar, also called a speeder, finally on the rails in Montana. This was taken near Dixon in the northwestern part of the state. It’s beautiful there but was really hot and humid. Our friend Don collapsed and was taken to the hospital, they ended their trip and returned home early.



On Central Montana Rail, near Denton, more near the center of the state.



The end of the tracks…





Heidi and Maggie enjoying the ride



Entering a tunnel…



Inside our speeder, this one would have been better without my finger in the picture emoticon



The Judith River Bridge, a tressel in Central Montana near Geraldine. In 2011 flooding caused damage to the footing of the bridge which stands 80 – 100 feet above ground level. This year is the first that rail traffic has been allowed on the repaired section. The damage to the bridge was devastating to the local farming community that use the rails to transport their wheat crop to sell.



Miles of wheat crops in Central Montana…



A lot of wildflowers could be seen along the rails, if you look closely you can see the pink flowers on the hills in the distance. There were many blue and yellow flowers also that I didn’t manage to get a picture of.



Rod standing next to a snow plow. It gives you an idea of the amount of snow Central Montana gets in the winter.



Here are links to the video blogs I posted today of this trip also:

"A Ride Down the Rails in Montana":

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More "On the Rails in Montana":

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"Turning a Railcar"

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For those of you who haven’t read my blog describing our unusual hobby, here’s the link:

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Next week, on to Coos Bay, Oregon and another blog to come….
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  • no profile photo CD14034154
    I know you're tired, but I know you had a GRAND time too! WOW!!! Look at that snowplow. I've never seen anything like that before, and I've lived in some states, where we had so much snow!

    Blessings!

    - Nancy Jean -
    GA
    1938 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    It's that time of year for you again! How wonderful, and thanks for sharing your pictures! Looks like your little travel buddies enjoy the trip, too!
    1942 days ago
  • ZELLAZM
    Great report! emoticon
    1946 days ago
  • CARA-DAWN-SONG
    What amazing views it looks great fun and what a lovely place as well
    1947 days ago
  • YJNANA
    That looks so FUN. How did you every find that little rail ride?
    So cool that even your furbabies got to go along :)

    Thanks for including the videos :)
    1948 days ago
  • ZANNACHAN
    What a lovely vacation! It would be exhausting, but it sounded like you had a lovely time. I'm sorry that your friend got sick and had to go home early, however. I hope that he is doing better.
    1950 days ago
  • NYX-GRIMALKIN
    This looks like sooo MUCH *fun* and those fur-babies are just DARLIN' too!! They look like they love the adventure as much as you do!! hahahahaha!! That PINK FLAMINGO is a RIOT!!
    1950 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14903239
    This always to me look like so much fun! But, I bet it is hard work! Loved the video's..felt like I was right there with you. Your dogs look like they enjoy it as much as you! Always thought I would love to live in Montana, looks like some parts of it are so beautiful! But, when I saw that snow plow! emoticon Need to rethink that and if it is that hot and humid summers would not be all that great for sure. Too bad about your friend Don...hope he is ok. A person can get heat stroke really quick in extreme heat...got to keep drinking lots of water! emoticon
    Have fun and drive safe! Looking forward to more of your adventures. Thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon
    1951 days ago
  • DEBSZOO74
    Such great pictures! It looks like a very fun trip and Heidi and Maggie are enjoying it, too! I hope your friend is okay.
    1951 days ago
  • 75HEALTHYME
    Thankful our snow almost never gets that bad... well, one year...people with bucket loaders made money going around moving the snow away from driveways to make room for more snow since winter was only half over... That was some snowy winter.

    WoW your "Speeder" adventures sure do sound like a lot of fun...
    Thank you for sharing your rail ride...
    1951 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    WOOHOO! That looks like a really fun trip! Thanks for sharing your adventure with me. It looks like a really fun hobby. I won't let my husband know about this though because I know he'd want to do it too and we just don't have the time/money for yet another hobby.
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    1951 days ago
  • TEXASFILLY
    WOW! That is one heckuva snowplow! *LOL* And I wonder what is weighing down that big ol' red hippie bus? *LOL* Thanks for sharing your adventures~ and I hope y'all have fun in Oregon. *hugs* BB~
    1951 days ago
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