After a busy few months we had an opening in our schedules to take a personal trip in late July, so we jumped on it. With little deliberation, we packed up the Toyota and began the journey west with the Canadian Rockies in mind as our final destination. With a solid 4 weeks to explore, we knew we would want to devote most of that to the West, so we booked it out to Montana in just two days. Just when all seemed to be going smoothly, we noticed the transmission was leaking oil from the bellhousing just outside of Billings, MT. Of course it wouldn’t be a real adventure without some sort of vehicular obstacles to get through! After running around to every transmission shop in town with one rejection after another, we were just about ready to give up and limp the truck to Bozeman in hopes of finding someone who would work on a Toyota with a manual transmission. As luck would have it, one last attempt and the super heroes at ABC Advanced Automotive came to our rescue. We were able to drop the truck for the night, pitch up in a hotel across the street and pick up where we left off on our journey north the very next day. Sometimes, those moments of despair really help you realize just how good things can really be…once you’re back on the road anyway.
Thanks to a tip from our friends at the shop, we headed south along the Beartooth Highway into Northern Wyoming to stretch our legs hiking and skateboarding along one of the most beautiful stretches of road we’ve seen in the USA. Maybe the best part was that, eventually, the winding road lead us to Yellowstone National Park. We had been there before, but took the opportunity to pass through on our way up to Bozeman. After a day or two we made our way through the most extreme hale storm in Bozeman, and a delicious dinner at Blackbird Kitchen. From there we were on our way north through the golden fields and turquoise rivers of Northwestern Montana. In search of a place to swim in the blazing heat, we came across the stunning Dickey Lake. Exploring the backroads for the perfect place to fish and take a dip we also found a secluded place to camp for the night with the turquoise waters lapping just below the tailgate of the truck.