Great Falls KOA

It was time to take a bit of a R&R break in the sun and warmth at the Great Falls KOA in Montana. I had been riding for pretty much a month in the rain, cloud and cold for the most part. The weather in Great Falls was predicted to be hot and sunny. Although each evening the thunder storms would arrive and they would sometimes close the pool down due to lightening threats.



KOAs are generally pretty good – clean washrooms, free showers, free wifi, and a swimming pool. Some are better than others, and the Great Falls KOA was one of those.

They gave me a small but nice camp spot partially under a gazebo!



I settled in to relax around the pool.


You can see by the pool that the campground is geared towards families. This is fine by me. I love watching families having fun in a pool. It brings good memories of having fun with my kids. In many ways I wish those times lasted forever, and if I had the time back I would have enjoyed them even more. I suppose this is a common reflection of parents. But then again, I hear a lot of parent saying they can’t wait for their kids to grow up. Not me.


While at the pool I met Abby. Abby was about 2 years old. This is generally the age of women I attract ha ha. Abby kept coming up to me as I lay on my lawn chair. She would just stand and stare at me. Her Dad and Grandmother would call her. She would leave for a few minutes and then back she would come. So I engaged in 2 year old conversation. Her Grandmother would call and I would say your grandmother is calling. She would just point to her and stay with me. It was funny.

I wonder what makes a 2 year old attracted to some people and run away from others?

The same for animals and adults too. Why are people attracted to others?

Camping next to me in the campground was a mother and son from Montana. She always greeted me with a pleasant smile. And her son would come and let me know when the hot tub was open as he knew I like relaxing in it.

They left on the Sunday and I was staying until Monday. Strange, but when they left it left a void. I missed them. Why is that? I suppose as a solo traveler I ponder these things.

In any case it was a nice break and I need to beat back the urge to keep riding.

Route for August 5, 6 and 7, 2016


New Phase

As I left Calgary I felt like I was entering a new phase in the adventure. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day. I was also going to be entering the lower 48 USA.

I decided to take Highway 2 to the Caraway border crossing. The scenery was so nice. I love it when on one side I see mountains, and when I turn the other direction I see prairie. Many people disparage the prairie scenery and aim to rush through it. I enjoy it.


I was so relaxed as I road along. It felt like a new phase in the adventure.


The Caraway border crossing was an easy one. Probably the last real easy crossing I will make in a while. The border officer was pleasant and wish me a good trip to Argentina.


The wonderful scenery continued as I took Highway 89 to Great Falls, Montana. Highway 89 skirts Glacier National Park. As a result, I continued to enjoy the beautiful mountains to my right, and the far reaching prairie, with its growing crops, to my left.

Eventually the highway turned away from the mountains and into the prairie towards Great Falls.


As I mentioned before, the cost of accommodation to date has been way over my budget. To bring this under control I would need to do lots of camping. The KOA campgrounds are perfect for this – for me. Before I left on my adventure I purchased a year value card membership for KOA that gives me 10% off.

What I like about KOAs is that they always have clean washrooms with showers, a swimming pool to relax around, and good WiFi. Of course you pay a premium for this. However, it is still below my budget.

I wish I was into wild or bush camping some some of my other blogger friends out there. It would cut down on expenses immensely! But that is not who I am and this adventure is mine, for me.

Anyways … I had booked 4 nights at the KOA in Great Falls. The weather forecast was for great weather, and I was in need of a break from riding for a few days.

I finally arrived and set up camp.

Route for August 4, 2016


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