Yes, the cell phone always seems to work in the larger Montana towns. No satellite telephone required as when I was walking through northern Alaska. The convenience allows me to call home virtually every day.After a full day of walking I am generally ready for a hotel between 4:30 and 6:30 PM. Then I shower, shave [I still don’t like a white beard], and call home. Knowing the home fires are kindling well can instantly put me to sleep. I know, however, that with a long day always ahead that I must eat, and pleasingly, also drink, a little. After the call off I go, drinking, eating but alas I am too weary to be merry. Good night Montana!
P.S. – This P.M. I got caught in a heavy rainstorm on the east side of Ennis, Montana. I did not have my water proof suit on. It was cold. The only good thing, the return trip was all downhill.