GART Day 17: Part II – Cody, Wyoming

Day 17 Continued…After Devil’s Tower we drove on to Cody, Wyoming. We had to go to Cody so Cody could get a picture of himself in front of the sign saying Welcome to Cody. Conveniently, it was also the cross-roads to the Eastern Gate of Yellowstone park.

The drive made for a very long day but with such an inspiring side trip as Devils Tower it didn’t seem as long. We drove I90 from Devils Tower to Sheridan, but made a quick stop in Buffalo to visit the famous and historic Occidental Hotel (where several notorious guests have stayed and drank, such as Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Calamity Jane, and others from the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. We perused the historic town and its great old signage and bought some malted milkshakes at the old fashions soda fountain (The Busy Bee) next door.

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From Sheridan we started up highway 14. It was a steep climb quickly rising over 3000 feet in elevation gain to over 8000 feet. From here the view back across Wyoming plains left us in awe. It certainly made up for the very boring drive on I90 for two hours. Once we reached the summit it was several hours of downhill driving to Cody through Greybull. We headed through the Big Horn National Forest and came out at a jaw dropping canyon on the other side.

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As we headed further west across scrub and desert high plain towards Cody we passed a sign that said “FOAL – Friends of a Legacy”. Tawny looked up the acronym and we saw that it was a wild horse reserve. We looked for horses and saw some as we got closer to Cody. They were off in the distance but you could see them running wild and fighting each other as we passed by.

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A storm was brewing on the horizon. Dark clouds and lightning could be seen in the hills west of Cody. We were able to pull over at the welcome sign and get a few shots before the rains came. As we pulled into our campground (right on the highway unfortunately) it started to pour rain. Tawny and I were drenched as we tried to unhook the trailer. We left the trailer, and wet we drove into town to find someplace to eat. We ended up at the Cody Rib and Chop House and had a very good meal and some local beer before running some errands and returning to our campground. We planned on going to the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum the following morning.

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