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The Montana way

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We got our car stuck after a Sunday cruise beyond the pavement of West Fork Road.

There we were, about 38 miles back from 93 on a road without cell phone service. We decided to walk, in hopes to get a lift to find reception. After a few miles, the sun started to fade, and desperation set in.

Just then, a truck drives up hauling ATVs. They stop. We learn they were expecting to find us, as they had to navigate around our stuck vehicle. We apologize and ask if we could hitch a ride to service? They suggest to free our car a few miles back.

Moments later, their buddies appear, hauling even more ATVs on their trailer. They say they’ll help, too. The group drives us back and make quick work of freeing the car. They refuse any money and wouldn’t accept a beer tab (what?!).

We are truly humbled with their selflessness and readiness to help. They helped us when we needed it the most. I do not know what we would have done without them.

This past year has been difficult and divisive and lonely. I feel so grateful and indebted to have benefited from the kindness of strangers. Thank you to the group of folks that did not think twice about helping us. We will definitely be better prepared and ready to pay it forward. I hope one of your buddies reads this and buys you a beer or two!

— Kelsey McMullen, Missoula

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