Sunday, September 4, 2016

Buffalo to Cody

Leaving Buffalo on August 29, we crossed the Bighorn Mountains with their steep grades and beautiful scenery.  

Our truck and RV handled the steep 6% and 7% grades with no trouble, so we didn’t have to use the runaway truck ramps thoughtfully provided for those whose brakes failed on the way down.

Rue was especially interested in the large flocks of sheep summering in the high mountain meadows.

We had intended to travel to our next stop, Buffalo Bill State Park outside Cody, by way of Tensleep, Worland and Greybull.  We got as far as Worland and stopped for lunch.  Sharing the parking lot with us was a sports bar.  This border collie and blue heeler were waiting patiently for their cowboy to return.  We hoped he was just having lunch.

Unfortunately, a couple of 18-wheelers got tangled up just outside Worland, blocking the road and changing our plans.  We backtracked and took Hwy. 431 across to Hwy 120, then north through Meeteetse to Cody.  It was a beautiful road with little traffic and some great scenery.  For a few miles, we thought we were in the Badlands of South Dakota.  We highly recommend that route.

We passed through Cody, and traveled some 10 miles west to our destination.  Buffalo Bill SP is beautiful, and state park rates are much better than the in-town parks.  We had a lovely site with beautiful views and a nice, green, grassy yard. 

Coupled with access to the Yellowstone River and some stretches of park where the dogs could stretch their legs, it was a great destination.  We could have stayed longer, but then we always want just a couple more days in most of our stops.  

We have previously attended the Cody Rodeo and toured the excellent Buffalo Bill Center of the West, so we did not revisit those attractions.  However, we did stop at the Buffalo Bill Dam and Visitor Center.  They have a very informative short movie about the building of the dam, which at the time it was completed was the highest in the world.  It’s an impressive structure, and I hope you’ll stop there if you’re in the area.

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