Having stayed up chatting until late the night before, C was happy to have a lie in. C wanted to spend the morning talking to friends and a package that we had been trying to get for 2 months was due to arrive that day and I wasn’t wanting to miss it again. I did my usual for the free time, admin duties such as working on the blog, route planning and finances.
The package that we were waiting for was from LunaTec. I had been in contact with them back in the middle of June when we were in southern PA. I had organised for them to send it to Toronto which gave it 2 weeks to arrive, no problems. I wish. Being out of the loop for news I had no idea the Canadian Post Office were on strike. We got to Oran’s place in Woodstock and no parcel had arrived. A week after we left, C got an e-mail and the parcel had arrived. By that time we had made it to Michigan and so any package would be international, which I figured took a while and wanted to leave 2 weeks to get there. We could probably have got it sent to Madison, but it was a bit tight. The next time I had a date that far in advance was down in Jackson, WY when we would be staying with a Warmshowers host with our parents. C told Oran the address on the Monday, but it took until the weekend for him to post it as he was otherwise occupied. It got to Jackson the afternoon we left and as soon as I heard it had arrived Chuck had it on it’s way to Columbia Falls which gave it a week to go a distance that I could probably just about ride in a week. Needless to say, I was eager for it to arrive.
When we had arrived the day before, I was handed a parcel and opened it expecting it to be the LunaTec package, I was wrong. It was a pair of earphones that I had left on the floor a month earlier at Bob & Pam’s in Cresco, IA. I had completely forgotten they were getting sent over. Anyway, we were told the post was delivered around 1pm so we waited and when we left around 2pm were excited to find the package in the mailbox. June 15th to August the 25th, a bit of a long wait.
We got on the road and, after a grocery + lunch stop in Kalispell, headed along the 75 miles of almost nothingness until Libby. We didn’t really have a definite aim, we would be camping. There were a good few options on the way so we decided to go as far as we could to save time the next day.
The road had a few small rolling hills at first and then started in to an ascent before flattening out. Things were going fine but near the end of the climb, C was starting to tire and by the time we got to McGregor Lake we had to stop. We looked for the campground, but couldn’t see it. I said there was a good place to wild camp just back but C didn’t feel comfortable to do that. She wanted us to knock on doors and ask where we could camp.
No one answered the door at the first place, but within 30 seconds of knocking on the next door we were inside the house. C asked the lady at the door if there was anywhere to camp nearby and got an unexpected answer of “Come in! Do you want water or wine?”. It shocked her so much that she asked for a wine when she meant to say water. We entered in confusion to find the lady saying “Victor! We have visitors.”
While the wine was being poured, the lady was inviting us to share their dinner. They had some lamb and salad that they had just made and so it got taken on to the deck which was within 10 feet of the water where we sat and ate and conversed.
It was a fun evening after which I had a shower and then we camped out in their gardens. A fun random act of kindness to end the day.