Watching The Fort
I had arrived three days earlier in Great Falls, Montana, and sat down for a chat with Gayle Fisher, the big cheese in charge of the Montana Department of Tourism, Russell Country section. She gave me the scoop on why they'd been so eager to help me. "Everyone thinks Montana is too far away, so no one aims for it as a prime destination; it's always a stop on the way to somewhere else. We want to show riders how much there really is here-especially in this part of the state." She had a point. The only time I'd visited the state was en route to Sturgis, and I wasn't at all familiar with Russell Country. That may be because other nearby attractions drew more curious eyes. On the scenery scale, Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are tough acts to follow, so the Bob Marshall Wilderness is generally unknown outside the state. "Overlooked and underappreciated," I believe was the phrase Fisher used.