A humble truck driver cruisin the country....enjoying all the beauty this country has to offer.
MontanaMatt: Well I just learned that 600 miles in one day with a really sore back is just too much. I am gonna have to cut that down a bit. smh
MontanaMatt: Well I got out of Billings Montana just in time. They got absolutely pounded by a monster hailstorm about 2 hours after I left. Unfortunately... I'm in Bowman North Dakota for the night and that same storm should be here in about 30 minutes. Sometimes you can run but you just can't hide! 🙄
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MontanaMatt: The really sad part of that is with Texas plates you probably wouldn't have been ticketed at all. Every truck driver on the planet knows to watch those speed limits very carefully in Texas. Ticketing out of staters is a fundraiser in Texas. I'm glad they were cool with you.
One of the many reasons I don't go toCalifornia anymore is the Gestapo like attitude of their Hp's. Ain't nobody got time for that shit! And one $270 ticket in California was enough for me. Bastards!
Shell Sweetie: I got a ticket about seven or eight years ago for seatbelt that was $20 in Oklahoma. The one before that my son had took his seatbelt off and was sitting sideways in the seat I did not know it and I will got pulled over for speeding just a little he gave me a warning on the speed and gave me a $500 ticket for the seat belt. Other than that it's been a long long time since I've had a speeding ticket or anything.
MontanaMatt: I was beginning to wonder if I had been fired and nobody told me! Evidently freight is a little slow right now. But I'm on the road. Running empty to Aberdeen South Dakota and picking up a load of paper products headed for Chicago. 😎
MontanaMatt: Well I got the call finally. My MRI is scheduled for September 10th. I wish it was sooner but I understand they have to coordinate an anesthesiologist along with the radiology department. That part of its all on me. I don't think I will survive another MRI without being asleep. My claustrophobia won't allow that.
So I'll be back on the road either late this afternoon or tomorrow. Destination as of yet unknown! 😎 Just how I like it!
AutumnButterfly: My last MRi was of my right ankle and I was miserable the whole time and only my ankle was in the machine........had one a few years ago i was completely inside it... i think I will have to be asleep for my next one too. both I hurt so badly... Good luck, hun!
MontanaMatt: Well that's certainly been worse. Into Chicago this morning at 9:00 a.m..... and I've already got another trailer and I'm already an hour west of Chicago headed back to Montana! Ya freaking hoo! 😎
MontanaMatt: It was an epic 9 days in the Black Hills..... But nobody was paying me to stay there.... So I'm back on the road.
I picked up a load in Gordon Nebraska yesterday and delivered that in Harlan Iowa this morning. Now I'm in Sioux Falls South Dakota. I dropped my trailer at a Smithfield Farms facility.... And I will pick that up tomorrow morning and head for Chicago. I will deliver that probably Friday morning in Chicago.... And then grab the usual weekly load in Chicago and head back to Montana. Right on time! My back has been giving me horrible difficulties. I did buy a personal use tens device in Sturgis. I've been doing 30 minutes every morning and another 30 minutes in the evening and it does help. But I still need to see the orthopedic surgeon when I get back to Montana to schedule an MRI and then quite likely another back injection. I got 3 years of relief out of the last injection and I can only hope it lasts that long again. That injection is about 45 seconds of shaking hands with Jesus. But he didn't ask me to join him and it did help so I have to try it again.
MontanaMatt: The worst of it missed me! The wind was certainly blowing 70 or better..... And that was problaby 3" of rain in about 45 minutes....but no hail and no Mr Twisty. All good here!
MontanaMatt: Ugh! I'm right on the edge of the firing line for the evening. My phone is blowing up with tornado warnings. Saddle up Sparky! It could be a rough ride this evening! 😎
MontanaMatt: It looks like it's setting up to be another interesting weather day here in Rapid City. Tornadoes and such are expected to build in Southeastern Montana and then head this way. I have a lot to do today to be road ready tomorrow.... So I better get after it. Enjoy your day!
MontanaMatt: I've sat through some pretty serious thunderstorms this summer but none of them ever showed as purple on my weather app.....until right now. This is a little bit ugly! I'll let you know how ugly once it's gone!
MontanaMatt: I'd love to introduce you to my next ex wife.....but the video is to long! Dammit! But here's a pic!
MontanaMatt: Epic few days in the Black Hills! So much to tell ya! Touring today! Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse! The Needles Highway....Keystone and Hill City! More to come soon! Right now dinner and drinks in Rapid City at a friends restaurant! Yay!
MontanaMatt: I can't wait for the rest of the crew to get here today. I need to share this workload! 9:30 in the morning and I already have 3 hours of work in! And I learned late last night that they have a chainsaw! So I don't have to use the old school handsaw! It's bad enough using the old school push mower. The one powered by Manual? Manual Labor? He and I are not buddies anymore!
MontanaMatt: Ok. I've spent the last couple hours running the old school push mower around the place. Much better than it was when I got here.... But I am toast! Time to put the tools away and do some big time drinking! OK I will confess to having a head start on that project! Woohoo!
MontanaMatt: God I love this place! Me and 7 of my buddies started building this cabin in 1974. Between our sophmore and junior years in high school. The ashes of 3 of those guys are now underneath the floorboards of the bar. Exactly where they wanted to spend eternity. And some day my ashes will join them.
It started out as an 8 sided rock wall cabin. Since then we've added a mother in law room with 2 beds.... Indoor tiled shower..... The day spa..... An outdoor shower with 4 walls but no roof. And the hotel. A beautiful insulated sheet rocked painted exact replica of a $22 dollar motel room.... Including everything bolted down! Including a medicine cabinet. Back in the day that would have been filled with various drugs. Now it's filled with old prescription bottles of drugs we needed to stay alive to this point! Lol
A stand alone bar.... that has a jukebox.... A popcorn machine..... And a 270 can collection of old beer cans. And just about every piece of beeraphanalia that's ever been made. Back in the day it had the capability of running four kegs at the same time..... And almost always did.
In 1994 we had a 20 year anniversary at the cabin. And people came from all over the country. Everybody was encouraged to bring food and booze and whatever drug of choice they had at the time. This place has always been very communal . Everything here belonged to everybody here. At one point I did some figuring. There was at one point..... Over 3 pounds of weed... Over a pound of hash.... About 3 oz of cocaine..... Enough mushrooms to fuck up a 3rd world country.... and several hundred hits of acid.
It was a serious party. As good a party as I have ever been involved in!
I've spent most of my life searching for the next adventure. I'm pretty sure I'll never find another adventure that matches this place. I will keep looking... But I have no expectations of finding it.
MontanaMatt: The #10 in downtown Deadwood. It's where Wild Bill Hickock was killed while playing poker. I've got a million stories about this place but I'll tell you the best one.
I think it was 1978. But the exact year is a little fuzzy. You will know why after you read this story About a dozen of us in the bar..... Saturday morning at about 10:00 a.m. Already extremely tore up...... In a good way. My buddy Jimmy Scheeler decided it was time for me and him to do a big fat line of cocaine.... So we walked out the back door into the alley. Because we could. And there is about a 1/2 a dozen horses..... Saddled up and tied off. Jimmy looks at me and says..... Saddle up cowboy! All sense of reason and logic was already out the door so..... Saddle up! We each jump up on a horse..... Right next to each other...... Then proceeded to snort lines horseback! Of course.....mid snort..... the owner of said horses walks out the back door of the bar. I was pretty damm sure we were about to get our young and dumb asses kicked! He smiled at us..... Shook his head in disbelief..... And jumped up on to the horse next to me.....saying...... Of course you have a line for me? And of course we did! Lol We've made a lot of great friends down here in the Black Hills since 1974..... And Stanley..... The owner of those horses..... Will always be one of the best! I haven't seen Stanley in about 10 years..... But I will bet $100 that sometime this week he will swing by the cabin just to see if we are here. We won't do any lines..... But we will damn sure laugh our asses off! This place is beyond special... And in a lot of ways magical. And most of that is because of the laughter. It's non stop here! Magically..... Everybody is a funny fucker here! It's just always been that way! 😎
MontanaMatt: I cruised through downtown Deadwood on my way to the cabin! Saturday morning at 9:30 a m and there was already a party going on!
MontanaMatt: Wow! We have cell service at the cabin! Yay!
Now all I need is power or a chainsaw. There's a couple of big trees down across the circular driveway. I've got a handsaw but it appears to be more work than I'm interested in doing! This is vacation damn it!😎
MontanaMatt: It looks like I'm heading to the cabin in the Black Hills a couple days early. I got all my wine deliveries done today and back at home base already. No point in sitting around here when I can be sitting around in the Black Hills! I can do a survey and put together our to-do list before the other guys show up! Run into town and do some grocery shopping...... And make a liquor run of course! Yeehaw!
MontanaMatt: It's the simple things in life. Find joy in little things. My hip is absolutely killing me. But..... One of my favorite things in life is fresh clean sheets. I knew it was going to hurt like hell.....and it did. But my favorite sheets were clean and waiting for me..... so I made it happen. It's a serious wrestling match to change the sheets on the bunk in one of these trucks. But I really needed the pick-me-up that those clean sheets will give me. I just crawled in here..... and I'm a really happy guy! 😎
MontanaMatt: It's all coming together! I'm meeting 3 very long time buddies at our cabin in the Black Hills of South Dakota on Sunday. For a week of rest....relaxation and a bit of restoration. There is absolutely no cell phone service there. So I'm going to be completely off the grid for the first time in years. And couldn't be happier about it! My old business partner is riding his Harley.... So I'm sure I'll get a day or 2 of riding around the Hills! The Sturgis Bike Rally is happening next week.....so the hills will be alive with the sound of music! Can't wait! 🏍