Day 20 - Baynes Lake to Eureka, Montana 57 km (1536) 355 alt.(14500)
Today we crossed the border to the USA!
After a hearty breakfast (as usual of "Granola" with fruit and hot chocolate for me - my personal "Müsli") we climbed up the long way out of the Campground 😉
30 minutes later we heard: "Hey, care for some pancakes?" As we passed the community center of Baynes Lake a laughing bearded man called out to us and I decided not to let the opportunity for a nice second breakfast pass, this time "Canadian Style". It was Saturday and as every Saurday the community got together for a mixture of fair, garage sale and some community gossip. Well, it turned out we were early but the nice bearded man and everyone else hurried things along to finish the breakfast preparations as soon as possible. Sitting in the sparingly decorated but very cosy community hall we had pancakes with maple syrup, sausages and scrambled eggs while talking to Neil,the bearded guy.
When he heard that two us were from Germany he asked if we spoke Danish - his parents' language. Neil works in the big mine in Sparwood which we had come through yesterday. His work in the millery entails reparing mining machinery. The coal is mainly exported to China at an o bviously fair price because Neil earns 43$ per hour. Neil is 63 and has 4 kids, all miners and when asked how he feels living in such a small community of about 250 inhabitants he answers: "I can't see myself living in a city. I hate great numbers of people in one place. Cities make people think mean of other people. But my wife says I'm just a big pussycat", which sounds strange coming from a tall man with a huge grey beard who rides a big Harley Davidson bike!
"That big truck you saw yesterday in Sparwood, that's only the smaller version of the trucks installed after KAiser sold off the mine to another company" was another surprise Neil gave us.
After a wonderful meal and some nice exchange with an elderly Irish couple, who are planning to finally go on that often-postponed trip to Italy and Ireland next year because of the 100. anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1916, we finally got off towards the border to the USA and to Eureka.
Here we are now, planning to attend a big rodeo show tonight... More about that in the next post ...
Neil, making pancakes - as every Saturday
Quilts - this is for Bettina
USA, here I come
Stopping for coffee behind the border
The line is the border ....
Strange: a whole group of houses smaller than the RV-vehicles beside them