One would think that the perception of Montana and Wyoming having no paved roads in this day and age would be a dying one but it still continues. Earlier this year I was talking to a customer about a web site redesign and they said some of the people who viewed their website think we have dirt roads and ride horses to work. While we have lonely roads that go for miles and you may not see another car for hours, we do have paved roads. We drive gas guzzling vehicles (more than I care to admit) instead of riding horses to and from our work out on the range (another wrong perception)
I remember when I first encountered this notion of no paved roads. I had just moved from Montana to Iowa and was working with some people who only knew Iowa and Illinois. One particular person I worked with, honestly thought we rode our horses to work and had dirt roads. I kind of laughed it off but it came up a second time and I realized he wasn’t kidding. I don’t think this guy has stepped outside of Iowa and Illinois, so he probably still thinks we ride horses and have our wagon carriages for shuffling the kids to and from school. His loss I guess.
While at times it’s annoying it’s also rather funny and something we have to laugh off because this is the perception. I don’t want the big city with the smog and the traffic and the crime. So if people think we have dirt roads and ride our horse to and from work I’m fine with it. It means more space for me to enjoy!