Wow I’ve been doing this for six months now!

At the start of the year I was having a tough time getting out the door for runs as I had no goal. I had already done a speed goal and a distance goal and now I didn’t know what to do. Then the awesome Kathy suggested I run to visit her in South Dakota. Well there I went.

Last month I had just made it to the border between Idaho and Montana and this month I am at 933 km from home and am standing on Rosco Road, on the outskirts of Alberton, Montana which I have just passed through.

Alberton, Montana has a population of 435 people and the post office there has been around since 1909. This is a small town in Mineral County, Montana. It is at an elevation of 3,054 feet and is named for the president of a railway company- Albert J. Earling.

I loved seeing the historic elementary school building as I came through town.

I wish my school looked liked this, though I like that my school has more greenery around it. The other cool thing about this building is that it is only 50 feet from the high school and the two are connected by tunnel. Fun!

I, unfortunately, missed the big celebratory day of Alberton’s Railroad Day on the third Saturday in July. Oh well, I was a month late, but it could have been cool to see a small town parade and petting zoo.

While Alberton is named for a Railway president, the railway has also made Alberton infamous as the site of the largest train chemical spill in US history. In 1996, a train derailed near here and 350 people suffered chlorine inhalation:(

Well, I had better keep going as I would like to make it to the next town soon!

Have fun!

AJ

20 thoughts on “Run to Rapid City Update #6

  1. I’m enjoying your run to see Kathy. How long will you stay with her? Where will you run next? Will you look for the next closest blogger? If you ran to see me in North Carolina, how many bloggers could you visit on the way? I wish you’d ask how many of us would love to be on your route and would sign up with town and state.

  2. This is so cool! I’m running across America with Ben the 401 marathons man (I might make it to North Carolina in the 18 months we have) and Land’s End to John O’Groats on another challenge I should manage in a year …

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