Today was our second day at one of Montana's premier historic residences, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Charley Montana Bed & Breakfast is a wonderful and very interesting place to stay. The present owners, Kevin & Sonja Maxwell bought this 100-year old historic Charles Krug mansion from the Lee Family who purchased the house from the children of its original owner and converted it to a five guest room B&B, retaining much of the original flavour and furnishings. The day-to-day running of Charley M is lovingly managed by Evelyn who made us feel very comfortable indeed …thanks!
After yesterday’s titanic effort, completing 78 miles in 100˚C searing heat, we were very grateful for the time off today. To make things better we were able to use the onsite laundry services, which meant we didn’t have to venture outside to complete our chores; a good thing really as today was another scorchio! The only time we left the air-conditioned comfort of our room was to walk the 20 paces across the street to the conveniently placed and German inspired Gust Haus, for large Jugs of beer and great Pizza!
Despite this seemingly blissful rest day, all wasn’t completely stress free. We now appreciate how the camping option could be, on occasion, less stressful than arranging to stay in hotels, motels and B&Bs. With just one of the many holiday seasons recognised by the US fast approaching, we were stunned to discover every residence within a 100-mile radius was fully booked from now until July 11th. Faced with the prospect of having to stay put for two weeks and potentially flying home without completing the Epic Journey, Kat with phone in one hand and computer in the other did “her stuff” and managed to find places for us to stay over the weekend. The only downside is that it requires another 100+ mile ride on Saturday… you can’t win ‘em all!
Tonight, we’re relaxing watching TV whilst being entertained by the violent thunderstorm and spectacular lightning show outside our bedroom window.