Day 112

I still had several miles to go

July 16th, 2010

But I stopped to appreciate this sign, a nice change from the "NO CAMPING" signs you normally see at rest areas.


  1. Karen Too says:

    Finally, a sign that makes some sense!

    Too bad you couldn’t stop here for the night, Matt. It would have been quite convenient.

  2. Jeff says:

    Or did he. We will find out later. But at least there will be fresh water, fresh bathrooms (one would hope) and a place to pitch the tent. Pretty landscapes brewing

  3. Saun in Ohio says:

    I see mountains off in the distance. Your probably not looking forward to the mountains. Like Jeff said the landscape is pretty…Be safe

  4. Don in Tennessee says:

    He’ll be coming round the mountain when he comes, he’ll be coming round the mountain when comes, Matt will be coming round the mountain, Matt will be coming round the mountain, Matt will be coming round the mountain when he comes!
    Mountains are looming in the foreground-OUR HOBO MATT is ready and the HOBO NATION will have the wind at his back with our support!

    I am not in the Kiwanis but am familar with the organization- so I looked it up!

    The name Kiwanis was adapted from the expression “Nunc Kee-wanis” in the Otchipew (Native American) language, meaning “We have a good time,” “We make a noise,” or, under another construction, “We trade or advertise.” Some people prefer to pronounce the word “Ki”, others “kee”.

    I would say very appropriate for this part of the country!

  5. Jeff says:

    Matt is fine as of 9:42am Friday, eastern time. Just got a email from him….He comments about the weather station picture….set up… Hay Jeff it worked!!!

  6. Dennis in So Cal says:

    The Kiwanis is a fine group. They mostly comprise of business people who do a lot of charitable work in our community. It’s nice to see they are helping Hobo Matt too!

  7. Joel H says:

    Get some rest, you are definately going to need it.

  8. Glenda says:

    Yep Kiwanis can be found throughout Montana and Wyoming :)

  9. Thanks the local Hutterite King Colony for taking Matt in last night. Hopefully he will have pics to post from this visit later today. We wish Matt well in Lewistown, and will follow his adventure.

  10. Jeff says:

    Nik….even if he does not post …We all say thank you!! To the Huttertite King Colony.

  11. Candice In Alabama says:

    Boy – I have learned so much just from googles triggered by Matt’s blog commentators:

    • Candice In Alabama says:

      Actually – this is a more informative link:

      • Don in Tennessee says:

        Candice In Alabama

        I am with you. I had never heard of the Hutterities.

        Thanks for sharing.

        As I have said before-I learn something new everyday and meet new and intertesting people on this blog every day!

        What did we all do before we had MATT? There was no HOBO NATION-kind of cool isn’t it???

        Almost time for a YUENGLING-It is 5:00 PM somewhere surely!

      • Weird. Never heard of them but reading through the link they sound just like the Amish in that they have a certain style to their dress, they are religous, self-supporting, modest humble groups. I guess I just find them to be unusual. But that’s what this country was built on, immigrants from all over the world.

        • Don in Tennessee says:


          You do not find me to be unusual do you?

          • Well I don’t know Don, should I? Being that you’re from Tennessee you do have that certain twang to your speech so to me you would be. But my best friend growing up her father was from Tennessee. Eastern part I believe. Bristol is where an old boyfriend long ago was from and my friend’s father is from another town around near there.
            So, I guess I don’t find you unusual, or should I?

            • Don in Tennessee says:

              No, I think you would find me to be OK. My fraternal twin brother is a different story. Just don’t tell him I said so.

              Bristol is about 2 hours north of Maryville where I live. I live about 45 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and also Pigeon Forge where DOLLYWOOD is. The Bristol-Kingport and Johnson City area is nice.

  12. deanna valenti meyer says:

    Another interesting fact about this sign….it is also blue! :) Maybe blue glows better across the pure driven snow in winter.

    Hmmm…something else to ponder.

  13. Candace says:

    Well, you wanted to go through northern (kind of the middle) of Montana. It is definitely interesting up there in Lewistown and the hi-line. Have safe travels through the rest of our lovely state.

  14. Pacis says:

    I stayed at alot of Rest Stops last year. 24 hrs max is the law. Never had a problem except once waking up on the picnic table in AZ with 3 Rattlesnakes under and around me.
    I stopped “camping” at them after reading about some trucker running around killing random people with a hunting knife(paranoia?).
    Stayed at alot of abandoned buildings, stangers homes and parks. Only had one lawman stop and was just doing sort of a welfare check on me while camping in a brushy area between the interstate lanes in Lousiana. He just laughed and called it “dispersed camping” and said it was “ok” by him, we chatted a few minutes before he took off chasing down a speeding trucker.
    The photos are great. I passed alot of the same ground last year. Amazing how some roads were laser straight for mile after mile after mile. Had one bridge washout detour and out there its was a 86 mile detour.

  15. Dana says:

    We are heading on a road trip from IL to GNP in two days, and this stop is right on our route. Thanks for tipping me off to a potential camping site!

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