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Sept. 15, Day 10, Billings, MT to Helena, MT
Last night was spent at the Clock Tower Inn in Billings, MT


Breakfast at Stella's next door.


The group at a rest area near Bozeman MT


Three Forks, MT. When Lewis and Clark reached here they named three rivers which come nearly together to form the Missouri.


Only two, you say. The third comes in 1/2 mile downstream


The Gallatin River enters the Missouri by two mouths 1/2 mile downstream

Amy's Journal

Day 10, Tuesday September 15, 2009, MT to Helena, MT - 250 miles – 2041 total
 We enjoyed a tasty breakfast at Stella's kitchen and bakery. From the colorful outdoor mural to the friendly, good service in this inviting coffee shop we Felt a special touch to start our day. I personally rated the Clock Tower Inn the most comfortable of all our Motels so far with inviting, quality room decor and friendly front desk personnel, and how about those large, cool TVs. On the way we spotted the Yellowstone River until Livingston where the River turned south. At our Bozeman rest stop we read interesting storyboards about the Lewis and Clark journey. We learned that Ted Turner's buffalo ranches in the Bozeman area the Gallatin mountain range was very scenic as we drove. Soon we arrived at the headwaters of the Missouri River. On our three-quarter mile walk to view the three forks of the Missouri from our high viewing location, Tom pointed out the Madison River on the left, Jefferson to the right and then the confluence point where they join to form the Missouri River. We ate our lunch in a beautiful shady picnic area at the end of our walk. Driving on to Helena the state capitol came into view. We checked into Jorgenson Inn and Suites at 4 PM with time to rest, shower or shop nearby. Our turkey/ham dinner hit the spot at 6 PM George Dean our presenter gave us a short Montana story using his Montana Power Point (a flipchart held together with clamps and duct tape.) a humorous and informative talk on Montana history. He said Butte is the most fascinating town ever. It was once the richest place in Montana but a tough town. He then showed a beautiful video narrated by David Alt, the geologist, and others who shared animal history and scenic beauty.

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1768 + Billings, MT to Helena, MT  243 = 2011
Actual: 1791 + 250 = 2041

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