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Old 08-21-2015, 08:50 AM   #1
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Summer 2015 - Go West Youse Guys

Our Summer 2015 trip included stops in the Smokys, Custer, SD, Cody, WY, Salmon, ID, and Riggins, ID. I'll start the trip report with info about where we stayed.

Smokys - Tuckaseegee RV Resort: Tuckaseegee RV Resort | Come enjoy our own little corner of the Smoky Mountains
This is our regular stop in the Smokys. The people here as so friendly...

We stayed in the Smokys for a few days then started west. First stop was near Carbondale, IL at Crab Orchard CG - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crab-...21037234574384
This is a state owned and operated CG on a lake. It was cheap and convenient. They don't do reservations, so you might have trouble getting a spot on the weekends. We were meeting friends here, and my bud put down the tent in the picture to save my camping spot.

Next stop was Missouri, west of St Louis. We stayed at Lazy Day CG - Home - Lazy Day Campground Danville Missouri
This is a great CG in the Missouri woods, not too far from Montgomery, MO. The couple running this place were hard working and well organized. I would definitely stop here again.

We had one of our best meals of the trip in Montgomery at this place:

Our next stop was near Topeka, KS at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort - Resort, Casino, Dining, Golf, Slots, Mayetta, Topeka, Kansas City .
My wife loves the casino here (she normally wins something) and the RV park is well maintained and seldom crowded. We usually get spot 47 - right by the bath house.

From the casino, we traveled to Ogallala, NE and the Country View CG - Country View Campground
We got here early enough in the afternoon to tour Ogallala and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this location. I first heard of Ogallala in the "Lonesome Dove" movie. My wife was excited to get a Lonesome Dove t-shirt.

Our dash across the country slowed with a 12 day stay in Custer, SD at Fort Welikit - Black Hills Campground. Honestly, I didn't like it that much. The location was good, the facilities were good, the camp host were great, but the parking was tight. Some of my feelings might be because I cracked the fender on my truck when parking my trailer.

Could have been worse. I might have hit that tree with my trailer.

From Custer, we moved to Cody, WY. and the Absaroka Bay RV park - http://www.cody-wy.com/
"The Bay, as locals called it, is an OK place to park and do touristy things. The lots are small - it's just a place to park. The camp hosts are great. The location was perfect for us. We stayed for a week.

We left Cody heading for Salmon, ID. We ran out of steam on the road and stopped at Big Timber/Grey Cliff KOA in Big Timber, MT. - Big Timber/Grey Cliff KOA | Camping in Montana | KOA Campgrounds
The CG was a very pleasant place to spend the night or even a week. They even had a Lazy River. somehow I din't get a picture of the campground, but I took one of downtown Big timber, MT.

The next day we continued our trip to Heald Haven CG near Salmon, ID - Healds Haven RV and Campground
I prefer the "Mom & Pop" campgrounds and Heald Haven is one of the best we have stayed at. It is 11 miles south of Salmon, just off Highway 93, alongside the Salmon River. We loved our 2 week stay here.

From Salmon, we continued west for a 4 day stay near Riggins, ID at Canyon Pines RV Resort - Canyon Pines RV - Idaho's Premiere RV Destination
This is another great place to stay.

I 'll share some of the things we did at our stops in upcoming post. I might even post something about the trip home. It seemed sooo long.

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Always nice to see pics of campgrounds to get an idea of size and privacy of sites.

Looks like you had a very nice trip.

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Our first stop was in the Smoky Mountains. We camped at Tuckaseegee RV Resort with our daughter and her husband to celebrate our daughter's birthday. Our activities included a show at Harrah's in Cherokee, some light hiking, some back roads riding, and some good eating.

Family selfie

Climbing the stairs to Mingo falls

Mingo Falls - note son-in-law on lower left

Tunnel on the Road to Nowhere

Eating in the Elvis room at the BBQ Wagon in Bryson City

We be Wheelin!

More Wheelin

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What a view (do you see Bigfoot?)
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Very nice post. I like the details and pics. Looks like a great trip.
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Next stop: Custer, SD and the Black Hills. We tried to do everything, but focused on riding our motorcycles and viewing wildlife.

Tight squeeze for Bertha

When my wife shops I look for things like this.

Downtown Custer Bison

Real thing

Deadwood - nothing but casinos

Street riding

More hiking

Riding in the national forest

Devil's Tower

Spearfish Canyon

More national forest riding

Firetower visit

Goodbye Custer
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One of the driving highlights of our trip was the day we drove WY 16 over the mountains from Buffalo, WY to Cody, WY.

The mountains don't look so big from here.

Long climb on a good road.

On the top!

There were a few turns like this one coming down the grade.

Ten Sleep Canyon was gorgeous.

Almost done.

Ten Sleep Saloon

Lots of nothing between Ten Sleep and Cody.

Downtown Cody
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The one thing we enjoyed the most in Cody was the Cowboy Music Review. The show is held nightly in the old music theater across from the Irma Motel. Dan Miller and his band do a great job entertaining the audience.

My wife and I rode Beartooth Pass, Chief Joseph's Highway, and visited Red Lodge, MT while we were in Cody.

We also spent the best part of 2 days in the Buffalo Bill Museum. You don't want to miss this museum.

We had a hail storm one afternoon! Oh hail!

We had one really big day at Yellowstone. We got there early and stayed late.

And we headed for Idaho on I-90
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Idaho rocks!!!
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The main reason for our trip to Idaho was to meet a group of friends for a motorcycle ride. We stayed in Salmon Idaho for 2 weeks. The first week it just my wife and I and we explored the area by truck and bike. The second week I spent with friends riding in and around the Frank Church Wilderness. Idaho has thousands of miles of good forest roads and turned out to be a mecca for the kind of riding I like to do.

Here is a view from a mountain road down on the Salmon River and Heald Haven CG. The CG is in the trees alongside the river on the mid-left of the picture.

We be Wheelin' again.

Lots of dirt roads.

Salmon River Royal Gorge


Little Old Lady From Pasadena

Up on top.

The Gang's all here.

There was one hard day because of weather.

Middle Fork of the Salmon River near Dagger Falls.

Yellow Pine, ID - the most remote town in ID.

Big rock mountains and endless forest.

The pool at Burgdorff Hot Springs.

Me and my buds.

A grove of really big Red Cedar trees.

Selway River

Lots of the road was through sections of the forest that had been damaged by fire.

There was some smoke in the air from fires in Washington and Oregon.

Near the end of a great six days of riding.

Link to full ride report - The Six days of Idaho: My Dad Rode the Six Days of Idaho and All I Got Was a T-shirt | Adventure Rider
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My wife was the dog's babysitter while I explored the Idaho wilderness. I saw a few things I felt like she had to see too. We moved from Salmon to Riggins to do some more sightseeing.

The main channel of the Salmon River.

We took a Jet Boat ride.

It was a fun ride!

We even made a short movie of the Jet Boat ride: https://youtu.be/x6iI1Lqih7E

Then we rented a Razr and rode from McCall, ID to Yellow Pine and back.

An ATV movie too: https://youtu.be/AGpqCOBy4R4

My wife loved Yellow Pine.

We had a lot of fun!
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How did you cracked the fender??? Great pictures.

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