The fun started on June 1, waking up at 7:30 am and on the road by 8:30. We set Garmin Nuvi Bee-ach to the fastest setting, Pocatello to Calgary. It took us off the I-15 on some convoluted route on and off smaller highways throughout the drive and never hit the I-15 again. This segment of the trip seemed to drag and go on forever. About 4 pm, we hit the beautiful metropolis of Browning, Montana. Browning is located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and probably the dirtiest, town I have ever seen. You have to witness it to believe it. Very sad...drunken and disorderly natives hanging out at every turn. We had to gas up at the local gas station and we witnessed natives filling their vehicles that were so drunk they could barely stand up! I have to say we were somewhat intimidated and couldn't get out of town fast enough. It was Friday afternoon, June 1 and may have been welfare pay day, which probably explains some of the behaviour. The story really deteriorates from here and not 15 minutes from Browning, approaching Mary's Pass near Waterton Park, we hit the "Mother" of all potholes. I glanced in the rear view mirror a few minutes later and noticed my bike was no longer attached to our bike rack. I slammed on the brakes, ran to the rear of the vehicle and noticed the bike attached to the bike rack with a bungee cord, dragging on the asphalt. It's a miracle it wasn't in a million pieces and to our disbelief, there was no noticeable damage. After re-attaching everything to the rack, we are now running over 2 hours late for our arrival in Calgary. We stopped in Cardston, Alberta after crossing the Canadian border to email Ryan & Jenn, advising them of our late arrival and no sooner did Leslie get to the door of the tourist centre when the iPhone fell out of the case and on to the concrete, smashing the screen. When things go bad, they really go bad!!
We arrived in Calgary at 8:45 pm with the realization, life is still pretty good and the day could have been a lot worse.