Run to Rapid City Update #12

I can’t believe it has been a year since I started this journey!

At the start of 2020 I was lost as to what my running goal would be for the year. I had done speed, distance, etc. Then the amazing Kathy suggested that I run to visit her. So off I went to Rapid City. You can tell I don’t run as much as many people out there as it’s a new year and I am still working on this goal of visiting Kathy.

I have hit Busby, Montana. This is a census location located on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. It is only 20 miles to the site of the Battle of Rosebud Creek. The history nerd in me is really curious as to what the National Battle Site park will be like as I have never seen one before. I took a course in university about the US Civil War, but of course, I don’t remember much:(

This is quite the change from my last stop in Billings, Montana as only about 745 people live here. It was named for the Post master , Sheridan Busby when the post office was established here in 1904.

The town is located on Rosebud Creek.

I guess I will rest here and then keep on going as I really do feel as though I’ve seen the whole place. Of course, you could blink and miss it😜

Shopping in Billings

Since I finally get to stop somewhere larger on my trip to see Kathy, I decided to do some shopping.

My first trip had to be the Yarn Bar! This shop is open as long as you wash your hands and have a mask, which thankfully I did. I loved how many project ideas the present.

Yarn is my usual souvenir when I am traveling and I always aim to get something that is local to the area I am in. Montana is obviously the place for mess they had tons of local options! I had to try some Western Sky Knits because I’ve heard so much about it on the Yarniacs podcast. Then I saw the local shawl cuff and knew I had to have that too. They have some local kits, but I think I’ll stick to single skeins. I picked up some Mountain Colours and some Polka Dot Sheep Yarn which is fromWhitefish,Montana. I can’t wait to get busy knitting!

I decided to stop in and see what the local running store, Time Out Sports had too. It was fun to read clearly about what kind of foot strike I have. this store was great for finding some fuel,nutrition and a new outfit:)

I wanted to stop in at a local used bookstore, but there were just too many to choose from, so that will have to wait. Probably better to not carry books anyways

I stopped in at Rae Raes Gluten Free bakery, but I will have to wait until I can ask what is dairy free too.

It’s been fun to be in a big city, but I’d better get back to running (quite literally).

Have fun!

AJ

Run to Rapid City Update #11

I can’t believe another month has gone by!

At the start of 2020 I was lost as to what my running goal would be for the year. I had done speed, distance, etc. Then the amazing Kathy suggested that I run to visit her. So off I went to Rapid City. You can tell I don’t run as much as many people out there as it’s a new year and I am still working on this goal of visiting Kathy.

Unfortunately, January hasn’t been a great month for running because I fell on the first Sunday long run of the year and my body is taking it’s sweet time healing. The only good thing I can say is that I just managed to squeak out 81.22km this month to beat last January’s 77km. With this 81km I have made it to Maier Lane in Billings, Montana.

Billings, Montana is definitely the biggest place I have stopped so far with 109,000 people and is the largest city in Montana. Billings, Montana is located on the Yellowstone River and has been around since 1872. Billings was named after the president of the Northern Pacific Railway, Frederick Billings.

Billings has the nickname Magic City because of its fast growth and it is continuing to grow very quickly to this day.

There are many attractions and events in Billings and one is the Pictograph caves which are just five miles from downtown Billings.

One cool thing is that Billings was covered by an inch of ash from the 1980s eruption of Mt. St. Helens. I remember my mom talking about my dad coming home with ash on him as he was trucking in the area of Mt. St. Helens at the time.

Well, I think I will cool my heels here for a day as there seems to be a lot of new shopping area in Billings. 😀

Have fun!

AJ

Run to Rapid City #10

At the start of this year, I was having trouble getting out the door for runs as I just didn’t have a goal. I had already done a speed goal and a distance goal and I didn’t know what to do now. As a goal person, I don’t work very well without a goal.

Then the lovely Kathy gave me the idea of running virtually to visit her in South Dakota. Well that did the trick!

Last month I had made it to Big Timber, Montana and this month I am just outside Columbus, Montana.

I have not actually reached the town, so I have stopped at a local ranch/farm for a rest.

Columbus Montana looks to be pretty close to the centre of Montana when I look at the map. The estimated population is just over 2,000 people. This town was originally a stagecoach stop called Sheep Dip. I’m sure the people of the town are happy the name changed.

This town was home to a professional poker player named Annie Duke and the birth place of professional football player Dwan Edwards. I always find it amazing all the people who come from tiny, unknown towns.

I think I’m getting close to Billings so hopefully I will make it there in the next month.

Have fun!

AJ

Run to Rapid City #9

At the start of this year, I was having trouble getting out the door for runs as I just didn’t have a goal. I had already done a speed goal and a distance goal and I didn’t know what to do now. As a goal person, I don’t work very well without a goal.

Then the lovely Kathy gave me the idea of running virtually to visit her in South Dakota. Well that did the trick!

Last month I had made it to Whitehall, Montana and now I am in Big Timber, Montana. This is another small town as it only has 1,701 people. The town is named after the Big Timber Creek and has been around since 1880. It started as a wool shipping depot.

I am hoping that I have made stopped here on a day when the Chinook winds raise the temperature. This city has only about 30 days in the year where it doesn’t get above freezing, which is pretty few for Montana. As long as it’s not one of its record breaking cold days at -43 Celsius, I’ll be fine!

Ooo Michael Keaton is from this town! I loved him as Batman!

I am hoping to run more kilometers in December when I don’t have report cards. I’ll get there one day Kathy!

Have fun!

AJ

Run to Rapid City Update #8

I guess the months of 150km are over:(

At the start of this year, I was having trouble getting out the door for runs as I just didn’t have a goal. I had already done a speed goal and a distance goal and I didn’t know what to do now. As a goal person, I don’t work very well without a goal.

Then the lovely Kathy gave me the idea of running virtually to visit her in South Dakota. Well that did the trick!

Last month I had made it to Clinton Montana and this month I have made it a little further down the highway to Whitehall, Montana. I am specifically standing on Uffda Road in Whitehall, Montana.

Whitehall is a town in Jefferson, County and has a population of 1,150. Good thing I like small towns as that seems to be all I am hitting on this journey. Whitehall is in the Deerlodge National Forest and is surrounded by two mountain ranges. It is a convenient town as it is close to three airports,four colleges and five ski resorts. That will make my running buddy really happy as he loves to ski! Maybe I’d better not tell him though as he may abandon me for the skiing.

The town of Whitehall began on September 24, 1889 as a rail depot. The town boasts one elementary, one middle school and one high school- all named Whitehall and all sharing the mascot of the Trojans and school colours of purple and gold. Though I found out the median age was 45 in town, so I guess there are not enough children to support more than one school at each level.

The coolest thing I learned about Whitehall is that Bill Pullman has a ranch near town and lives here part time. I loved him in the movie, While You Were Sleeping!

I have seen a lot of people jaywalking on the Main Street of Whitehall, so I guess I don’t have to worry too much about traffic when I’m running.

Well I had better get moving again so I can get to Kathy’s. I have had a lot of people ask if I will visit them too. If you want me to run to virtually visit you, please let me know and I will add you to my itinerary- just realize, I’m a slow runner so it’s going to take quite a while for me to get places!

Have fun!

AJ

Run to Rapid City Update #7

I am so sorry this is late. I think I’ve avoided it because I’m mad at myself for how little running I did in September. Between a crazy return to work and an injury, my mileage is the lowest it has been all year:(

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 outskirts of Alberton, Montana, 933 kilometers from home.

This month I have made it to a tiny lake just before the Rock Creek Airport in Clinton, Montana.

This area was named for General Sit Henry Clinton and boasts just over 1,000 people at this time. I don’t know why this map route only takes me through small towns. A runner would be way less noticeable in a bigger city, but I suppose the air quality is better out here.

I can see that there is a quite modern looking building at the airport and it has a patio! I have just five more kilometers to run and then hopefully I can stop there and have a cold drink!

In 2017, this area had a small plane crash which killed two people. The plane appears to have been trying to land, but crashed into trees beside I90 due to engine failure . I really hope I am not standing anywhere near where that happened!

Well, I had better keep going as I would like to make it much further this month than I did last!

Have fun! AJ

Last time I was at

Run to Rapid City Update #6

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

Run To Rapid City Update #5

I am kicking myself!!

Exercise:

I got a good weights workout in this morning and a bit of yoga this afternoon.

Reading:

I have finished the entire Sex, Love and Stiletto series by Lauren Layne and have enjoyed them all, so much so that I am starting on the spinoff series called Oxford. I think I like most the strong friend circle that is continuous through all the books.

Run to Rapid City:

At the start of the year I was having a very difficult time getting my butt out the door to run and I wasn’t quite sure how to solve the problem. I had done a speed goal and I had done a mileage goal, so what was there to do now. Then the wonderful Kathy suggested I run to her house for a visit. This inspired me and continues to get me out the door.

At my last check in I was almost all the way across Washington State, but boy is that state ever wide! This month I have ran 126.36km to make it to 800km overall for the year.

I have just past the city of Mullan, Idaho and am 10km from the border between Idaho and Montana. I am, of course, kicking myself for not running 10 more kilometers this month. It also seems so odd that after six months to make it across Washington, I did Idaho in a month.

The city of Mullan Idaho is in a silver mining area which is still active, and has a population of about 600 people (at the last census). I am definitely finding it more difficult to run here as it is at 3200 feet above sea level and at home I am at sea level. Definitely noticing that!

The city was created between two silver mines and was incorporated in 1904 and named after the Westpoint Graduate, John Mullan who was tasked with finding a road route between the fort in Montana and the fort in Washington.

I have ran by a John Mullan elementary school and a secondary school, along with an Olympic sized swimming pool!

The Morning Club building is the most interesting building I have seen in town. It was built in 1921.

Sorry, I can’t help my love of old buildings! This building now has the bowling alley and the library in it. I really hope they don’t operate at the same time!

Well, that’s as far as I’ve gotten and I need to get going on that last ten kilometers so I can start making my way across Montana. I have the feeling that state is going to take much longer!

Have fun!

AJ

Run To Rapid City Update #4

Exercise Update for the Month:

I ran a total of 21 times in June for a total of 107.23km. I am slightly disappointed in this total, but as my mom reminded me, June was quite the month for me at work, so I guess I should be happy I got the 107km in. I also worked out on 17 days, and rode my bike once. Hopefully everything will increase during the summer!

Running:

So at the start of the year I was having a very difficult time motivating myself to get out the door for runs as I had no goal. I had done a pace goal two years ago and had done a mileage goal last year and just really didn’t know what to do this year. That’s when the amazing and wonderful Kathy of Sewing,etc on WordPress offered an awesome suggestion. She suggested that I virtually run to visit her. Now Kathy always offers so many interesting suggestions and I would dearly love to see her garden, bunnies and all her sewing and knitting projects, so this seemed a great idea. I immediately set off for Rapid City.

So far I have ran 674km and am in the Spokane Valley. This is the largest suburb of Spokane. It is a larger city of 99,000 people.

This is one of their tourism pictures. Unfortunately it’s not that colourful right now.

I am 17 kilometers from the Idaho state line and can’t stop wait to start working on a new state.