We looked for some haulers for the Ram and we were not having much luck finding one, So Husband Dale and I loaded up and we headed for South Dakota.
Before we had left I had decided on buying 4 older ewes and 6 younger ones out of a different ram. Then some clients of mine, they purchased 4 Big Daddy daughters. We had a full load of 15 purchased.
Dale and I head out with a late start to South Dakota. We did not make good time. The weather was BAD! We had high winds, rain, hail, more rain and to top that off, there is flooding in that state and TONS of road construction. We made it to billings MT that first night.
Our first stop was in St Regis for fuel and a pee stop.
Cute little place that has everything, the hotel and post office is at the end of the building. We purchased some huckleberry fudge, i want to try it and if i like it i will have Dale make some smudge.
We had a hard time in billings finding a hotel that we could park the truck and trailer or that i felt safe. The motel 6 and 8 had people out front with crack pipes. I said NO way are we staying there, we might not have 1 tire on the truck or trailer when we get up. We found another hotel called Kelly Inn.
Paid through the nose for the room and I have to tell you, i will NEVER NEVER EVER stay at a Kelly Inn.
It was clean however, I woke up with little flea bite looking things all over my body. I took a shower and the water was luke warm. I am thankful the only thing I took to the room was my PJ’s a clean change of clothes and my phone. I dropped my clothes in the garbage when we left. I tossed 2 sets of day time clothes and took fresh clothes out of the truck and changed in the horse trailer. I was not going to take bed bugs home!
We put in another 16 hours on the road on Day two and we made it to ellendale North Dakota. A internet friend of mine that I was texting with on this trip found me a hotel and booked me a room. THANK HEAVENS! The place was new and clean. We checked in and they were very friendly, the place is the Harvest Inn. We ate at a dive in town, service sucked badly. My stomach was upset so I had Dale stop at a gas station on the way back from dinner so i could get some milk.
I am usually pretty cautious about the dairy products, so i check the exp date, shook the milk opened and took a big swig.. Only problem the swig came out in a glob.
I spewed all over the door of the truck and when Dale got it stopped and I jumped out and puked and puked. Just the thought of it now makes me gag.
My husband said lets go to the bar, this has been one hell of a day and people’s IQ in this town are limited. So, not being drinkers.. I ordered something strong. A B52, Dale ordered a double shot of jack with a coke chaser. They didnt know how to make my B52, and they didnt give him a shot of jack but a glass of jack with ice. We got them straightened out and they served it to dale the right way, so i said just give me a shot like him. took a few shots and I sure felt better and went to bed.
The next morning bright and early 4am, we got up, showered and went to go to S. Dakota and pick up the sheep. It was raining.. Grrr Miserable. but we made it in to this place. The Dosch’s live out in the middle of no where but they have a very nice place and what wonderful people. And I was VERY pleased with my internet purchase. The sheep were what they represented and actually i was suprised they were even better than expected.
We got the sheep loaded and we got out of there for the long hard drive back. We were going to try and make it home in 1 day.
The flooding through N. Dakota was pretty severe. I94 was closed due to water across the road. it was slow slow driving. We only made it to bozeman MT that night. We stayed at a little dive on the main strip. Rainbow Motel, We had checked out other places, but they were full, or wanted us to park the trailer several blocks away. I needed to haul water to the sheep and sure didnt want to haul water by hand that far.
Now I want to let you all know, that little dive was clean, the rooms didnt smell bad and they were smoking rooms. The people there were very nice and OH they believe in having a hot shower as the water was nice and hot and great water pressure!
We slept so well we didnt get out of Bozeman till 5;30am and we hit it hard to get home. I pulled into the clients place about 1pm that afternoon, got their 4 sheep out and headed the last 30 miles home. We hadnt eaten all day but we didnt care, we were home. We got Big daddy and his girls off the truck and they are now in the incoming sheep pen for observation. I want to make sure we have no shipping fever and all is well before exposing them to the other sheep.
As bad as the trip was and as long, I would do it all over again for the quality of the sheep we picked up. Will get pictures soon.. as we stop raining