We knew we had a long day ahead of us so we set the goal of 8:00am departure time. We had a so-so breakfast at the B&B. No frills – scrambled eggs, sausage and a pre-formed hash brown. We left Cody in a very comfortable 67 degreees and decided to take a route to Little Bighorn over the Bighorn Mountain pass. We weren’t expecting much.
By the way… there is something up with the camera. All the photos are washed out. We’re going to try some different settings tomorrow.
Leaving the monument, we took back roads east and south to Gillette, where we are spending the night. We traveled through a Cheyenne reservation and miles of hay and alfalfa fields. As we got closer to Gillette the industry turned more to coal and natural gas. Pronghorn antelope were plentiful as were miles-long trains full of coal heading to a nearby power plant. It was more asphalt bliss for Tom with long, sweeping curves and almost no traffic.
We pulled into Gillette around 6pm. Tomorrow we go to South Dakota! We’ll see Devil’s Tower and Mount Rushmore, as well as the Black Hills. It will be a shorter day so hopefully we will have more time to take it all in.