Bighorn National Forest En Route to Yellowstone

SUMMER ROAD TRIP, DAYS 9 & 10

We had our first blunder of the road trip! We were supposed to be leaving South Dakota today and had no idea!

Day 9 – Leaving Custer State Park

We hit snooze today on our usual 6 am alarm clock, planning to have a day of relaxation. We’ve been so busy with long days and sightseeing, we were planning on taking a day to swim at one of the lakes in the park. Thankfully, Dave saw the alert on my phone an hour later that said Sheridan, meaning check out of Custer and spend the night in Sheridan on the way to Yellowstone. We both had it in our heads that every stay, with the exception of Washington and Nebraska, were 7 nights long. Well, we were wrong! Custer was only six nights!!

Remember, this is our first time packing up and taking down the pop up so to say it was a mad dash to get everything going is an understatement. Thankfully, it went smooth and only took a little over an hour to get everything situated. We stopped in the town of Custer to do laundry. We found a nice place right next to Family Dollar in downtown Custer with free coffee and Wi-Fi. Then we were on our way to the next overnight. Yay, a hotel!

Custer

Overnight in Sheridan, Wyoming

We chose Sheridan, only 220 miles and 3 ½ hours from Custer, because we wanted to drive through the Bighorn National Forest in north-central Wyoming. We planned on going through the northern section today and the southern section tomorrow. We had two dilemmas: time and come to find out the northern section is too steep to bring the trailer. We thought we could drop the trailer off at the hotel and head through, but we didn’t get to the hotel until 6 pm. The route said it would take a few hours so we decided against it. We bought our groceries and bear spray at Walmart (Yellowstone is bear country), went out to dinner and enjoyed Wi-Fi instead. We will just have to cope with seeing the southern section via US 16. In hindsight, it probably would have been better to book a night in Buffalo. So learn from our mistakes if you’re planning a trip yourself!

Bighorn National Forest

 

Day 10 – Bighorn National Forest

We took our time driving through the scenic forest so we didn’t arrive in Yellowstone until dusk. It was well worth the added time though. Bighorn National Forest is gorgeous!

Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest

 

Next Stop: Yellowstone National Park

And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 12 U.S. states, 1 Canadian province and 11 national parks. Follow our journey via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Miles Driven the Last 2 days: 500, Total Miles Driven: 2,128, Average Gas Price per Gallon: $2.44, States: South Dakota & Wyoming

If you would like to see our full itinerary, start at the beginning here. And Start at Day One here.

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Bighorn National Forest

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