time in Columbus, MT
Would you beleive
there is a nice city campground here and free Donations welcomed.
Columbus, Montana GPS: 45.6278, -109.244392
City park next to
the Yellstone River. Two sections about 1/2 mile apart contain about 48
sites, some pull-throughs and space for group tent camping. No hook-ups.
Flush and pit toilets, potable water, big cottonwood trees. Boat ramp.
Fishing. Golf. Just over 1 mile south of I-90 on Highway 78 40 miles west
of Billings. Donations appreciated but not required. Roads are rough but
drivable with large motorhome. The free wood is from Timberweld, the local
wood company that delivers at no charge for campers: mill end pieces of
2x6 and 2x8 kiln-dried wood. The park is FREE and donation boxes are set
up for those who wish to donate a couple of bucks to help make improvements.
BTW we find spots
like this on www. freecampsites.net
Who could ask for
more. Limit 10 days
We took a day trip to Red Lodge, MT
They are replacing many streets so detour
around town was in order.
Sure many of the tourist trap is still
open for rip off deals.
We didn't stop and drove part way up Beartooth
This road is not for the faint of heart.
Never attempt to pull a trailer up this road.
On the way down this is what my Honda FIT
average fuel economy read. Yep 199.9 mpg and it would have been more as
that was as high as it would read. Now going up not this high more like
On Saturday Terry had a little job to do
as we went to Billings and bought a new john. The trap slider on the old
one wouldn't work. They said it would be easier to just replace it than
to dig through the shit to change out parts. Esp. since the parts would
have to be ordered. We were convinced and it took less than 30 min to replace
it. Makes for good sittin. Flush this.....
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Monday moving on to Ennis, MT to a fishing
access site to hold up till over Labor Day.
in Wall, SD
Buffalo Gap National Grassland near
Badlands National Park. Camping along "The Wall" offers unspoiled views
of the Badlands and surrounding prairie. Dry camping, just find a spot
and set up. Going south form Wall, SD turn off left at the
gravel road at the two cell towers. Open the wire gate and head to the
We didn't want to get tooooo close so found
a level spot just back a ways...
Never know when one of us might sleep
This is the view from our boondocking site.
The above we shot right after we landed
and later on as it got dark we went to start the Honda 3000i generator.
Guess what it didn't want to run right. Ruff running and not putting out
any power. We had enough charge from solar so made it through the night.
Of course I accused Terry of buying diesel fuel in the gas cans.. So this
AM he siphoned out the fuel and went to town for new fuel. That didn't
help so we called Power
House a Honda repair shop in Rapid City and they said come on over
so 55 miles later they found and fixed it. Spark Arrester screen plugged
with carbon, It had the wrong spark plug in it, pilot jet plugged in carb,
cleaned fuel sediment bowl. Now works like new and all for $90. We got
off lucky and done the same day within a couple of hours. Can't beat that.
Even had a great Chinese buffet while waiting.
So now on Tuesday we will tour the main
National Park more to the south of us.
When in SD and you go by the town of Wall
this is a must stop.
on the road again
Well look at us in a RV Park in Mitchell,
R & R campground A Passport
So you ask what the hell have we been
up to since early July. Ya we pulled off the RV highway so to speak.
After Colorado we headed to Iowa driving
all the way across Nebraska on US 30 the Nebraska
Old Lincoln Highway ByWay and Iowa
Linclon Highway history
We both grew up in Iowa in towns in eastern
Iowa where this highway ran through so it is near and dear to us and wanted
to follow it thorough the small towns all across Nebraska and then in Iowa
to Terry's home town of Newhall so we could visit his elderly parents and
also help his nephew gut and remodel his bathroom on an old farmstead property
he just bought. So from mid July to mid Aug back in hot and muggy Iowa
it was... but nice also as it is sooo green with all the farm crops growing
big and strong. Not something you see much of in Arizona to be sure. I
also got to visit my hometown and the graves of my parents. After typing
that I have to pause for reflection for just a bit. As thngs and
places change the stay the same. Reflecting old times and where did the
time go from then to now.
Barhroom done and our Honda bumper body
reparied and new tires on the truck, so time to move on heading west. Took
the truck in for brakes and was told 50% in fornt and 30% in back so no
need to get worked on. Even at 156,000 miles. Wow. They said we would have
another 30K miles left on the rears.
A night at a the nice city Secnic
RV Park in South Sioux City NB right on the river.
Red dot marks the spot $26 full hook up
Then over to to South Dakota to Emery to
pick up our mail at our mail forwarding (our official domicile address)
yes it's a back room in a house in Emery, SD where thousands call home.
Hope the driveway can hold all the RVs. It's on a dead end street and a
sign at the start sez no RVs allowed on this street. Either you have a
towd and drie it there, or you have to walk several blocks to get to it.
We wouldn't have stopped but UPS had deliverd a package the day before
so we thought we might as well stop to get it.
Now in Mithcell, SD and staying another
night as the weather has changed as a cold front is moving through and
with 35-45 mph and gusts to 60 today, so we are sitting still in the park
for a second night. At $18.45 a good deal with fast WiFi and cable TV.
Since we had a extra day in Mitchell has
to go to the Cow Palace.
Off to Wall, SD when the wind dies down
for boondocking in the Buffalo Gap National Grassland near Badlands
National Park. Camping along "The Wall" offers unspoiled views of the Badlands
and surrounding prairie.
See Ya down the road...
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