Chooo Chooo...

We knew Thursday was destined to be good as soon as we woke. It was 6:30AM, the radio came alive with Ronnie James Dio’s “Rainbow in the dark”. Never heard of it? Download it now, you won’t regret it. This epic rock ballad combined with our ride to Shelby got us up and out the door before the sun rose.

Greg and his brother Kevin, who decided to come along for the trip picked us up and we headed off. They took us to a local breakfast café and a quick tour around town then we were off to Shelby. Kevin and Greg are two easy going brothers who took the day off work to help us out. They both work in the IT industry in Helena and both have good stories about bagging on the Saturn we were driving. Like jumping it over rail road tracks.

The mountains and canyons around Helena are pretty impressive. You drive right towards a cliff face, then a small canyon appears and winds through towering cliffs. There’s a river on one side, steaming in the early morning sun, with several fly fishermen dotted throughout its banks. It was described to us as “celebrity ranch territory”. That was cool, but not as cool as the milk energy drink Kevin bought.

We arrived in Shelby, which is not much more than a train station and sorted out the tickets. A big thanks again for Nick and everyone at Leisure Travel Inc. in Minneapolis for setting up the tickets.

fiddy trikescotty kevin greg fiddy

The train ride was…well it was comfy and easy. But that’s about it. The flat, desolate landscapes of the Montana badlands gave way to darkness and the darkness gave way to boredom. We were pretty far from "The Islands".



We kept ourselves entertained talking with the other passengers. It seemed everyone had three things to talk about:

1.“Oh man, compare this train to the Greyhound, no contest. I’ll take the train any day over that looser cruiser”.
2.“I don’t have any cell service, do you?”
3.“You know, when they refurbished these trains, you’d think they would’ve put some power outlets in them”.

We arrived in Minot around 9:30 and went to find somewhere to stay. We thought our day was coming to an uneventful day when the phone rang. It was a guy named Brandon, who came by to drop off a present.

Here’s Brandon and his present: Hamm’s. Hamm’s is our favorite beer, because it’s “Born in the land of sky blue waters”.

freddy and brandon