After getting back onto my main path of I90, the signs for Sturgis and Devils Tower soon started to appear. I quickly came upon Sturgis, but without the motorcycle rally going on, I figured there wouldn’t be much to see. After another hour or so, I came across the exit for Devil’s Tower. The signs had intrigued me, and I thought I’d take a quick look. There wasn’t much of anything at the exit, except a sign pointing me to the right. I made the turn and headed down the small road. With anticipation growing, I kept my eyes peeled for the tower. Unfortunately, what I saw was a sign saying “Devils Tower 32 miles.” Just like Mt. Rushmore! Since I had just started the day and my goal was to cross Montana, I didn’t want to take 90 minutes or so to see Devils Tower, I turned around, filled with gas and was once again heading west on I90.
I90 cuts across the northeastern corner of Wyoming, so it didn’t take long to cross. (However, I was able to color in a state!) As such, I was into Montana pretty early in the day. Unfortunately, I still had over 560 miles to cross the state. Billings came and went. The sky darkened and the wind picked up as I arrived in Butte. When I stopped for gas there, it was clear a storm was imminent. The only time I really dislike long distance driving is during hard rain. As I departed the gas station, I thought my day may be cut short by the storm. Luckily, with me heading west and the storm heading east, I only had to drive through it for about 30 minutes. Even so, the weather had slowed me down and as I approached Missoula I decided to call it a night. What I didn’t know was that tomorrow was graduation at the University of Montana making hotel rooms a bit scarce. The first couple of places I tried only had smoking rooms available. Luckily(?) the Super 8 had a non-smoking room available for $69. I took the room and was able to walk to dinner.
While looking on a map, it is obvious that Montana is a big state. When driving across it from east to west one become painfully aware of that fact. And, I didn’t even get across the entire state!