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#11575 - 01/23/04 06:45 AM Re: ACCOMMODATIONS SITE [Re: DouglasR]  
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Hi DougR
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I live in Lander, WY



What was the name of the popular drive-in in Lander in the early 70's? A group of us HS students from St. Louis spent a week in the Medicine Bow range on an Advanced Biology Club Trip (right, and I soon learned about the teacher's daughter's "advances", but thats another story) and we all made a special trip to town to have a burger and watch the pick-ups drive by
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I would recommend against camping at Buffalo Bill State Park (west of Cody, on Buffalo Bill Reservoir) as it is rather desolate and ALWAYS windy and chucky full of RV's.



Stayed there with my older 2 boys in '96, sleeping in the open on the tabletops, truly windy in mid summer. Had breakfast at B. Cody's old lodge. Glad I read a 50's era history book on Bill prior to stopping in Cody. The PC stuff today wouldn't let some of the facts out
Anyway, hope to be on a bike, but just in case, where would be the best place to park a 35' 5th wheel near the action?
Thanks


Journey Well....
(and don't forget to pimp your ride)

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#11576 - 01/23/04 05:02 PM Re: ACCOMMODATIONS SITE [Re: bigmak]  
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Hello, BigMak! The old drive-in in Lander was the "Dianne Theater"; it's long gone now and has been replaced with a retirement community (duplexes and an "inactivity center"). That's progress, I guess! If you were discovering biology (or was that human anatomy?) in the Medicine Bows, that's a long way from Lander! Were you really in the Wind River Mountains? Sounds like you were a little distracted by the teacher's daughter, hmmmmmm........... Speaking of the Bows, that's a nice ride, you go right through the glacial cirques at 11,000 feet on brand new asphalt and great twisties! The last time I was through that country I had to turn around and do it again it was so much fun!

A 35' fifth-wheel, yikes! I see in one of the listings in the phone book that the UnRally HQ, the Ponderosa Campround in Cody (307.587.9203, only three blocks west of the BBCody Museum, that's pretty close to the action) has 72' pull-throughs - is that for real? That's bigger than my house! I'm not real familiar with RV camps in general, but I know there are dozens in the Cody area. As stated in an earlier posting on the accomodations site, the prettier ones are West of Buffalo Bill Reservoir in the North Fork Shoshone River valley, but those places are at least fifteen miles west of town. The Forest Service CG's are even further out than that. Maybe your best bet would be to stay at the UnRally HQ, the Ponderosa. I have a topper on my truck that I camp out of, but if I do that it means I have to (GASP!!!) trailer the Beemer to the UnRally! Would you people think less of me for trailering the bike 160 miles just so I could camp in comfort in my truck? I guess I could stay in a MOTEL. Sheesh, what a dilemna....

Doug


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#11577 - 01/24/04 01:48 AM Re: ACCOMMODATIONS SITE [Re: DouglasR]  
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Doug...
Solution is just pull the truck with the scoot to the UnRally....no harm, no foul!!!

See ya there.


Jeff Reiswig
#11578 - 01/24/04 04:30 PM Re: ACCOMMODATIONS SITE [Re: DouglasR]  
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Speaking of the Bows, that's a nice ride, you go right through the glacial cirques at 11,000 feet on brand new asphalt and great twisties! The last time I was through that country I had to turn around and do it again it was so much fun!




Doug,
What road(s) take you through there?



Howard
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Ima go downtown see what I can get in."
#11579 - 01/25/04 07:22 PM Re: ACCOMMODATIONS SITE [Re: PhillyFlash]  
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Ha! I can just hear the wheels turning in everyone's heads, asking "How can I avoid riding Interstate 80 through Wyoming?" Always a valid question regardless of where your travels take you! I-80 is billed as the busiest Interstate Highway in the System, with about 70% of the volume being tractor/trailer traffic through Wyoming (stunning, huh?). It runs through the flatest most boring parts of Wyoming by design, following the Union Pacific Railroad mainline. BUT, there are lots of options to get off, they are just longer.

If you are coming from the Southeast and want to ride something besides I-80, get onto Hwy 210 at Cheyenne (exits off I-25 about two miles north of I-80, called Happy Jack Road), a gorgeous ride on two lane with very good and new asphalt through the High Plains and Sherman Mountains. You hit I-80 again at the Summit (highest elevation point on I-80 with a nice rest area) about ten miles East of Laramie, then ride rotomilled concrete slab to the West Laramie Exit (Hwy 130/230). Turn left/west for about a mile to the juntion of 130/230. Hang right onto 130 toward Centennial (230 loops south through some pretty country and actually connects to Hwy 130 at Encampment, south of Saratoga). It's about 24 miles from Laramie to Centennial across the Laramie Basin, fairly straight and flat but really pretty. From Centennial the highway cranks up the Snowies and through the cirques, then back down to the North Platte River Valley, a ride of about 40 miles of gorgeous twisties and excellent pavement. After crossing the Platte, you turn north to Saratoga then onward to Rawlins, Riverton or Lander, Thermopolis, Meeteetse, Cody. There's a LOT of flat, straight, hot pavement between the Snowies and Cody, but it's pretty with low traffic and some short sections of fun (Wind River Canyon!!). All the roads are in excellent condition, with lots of it only a few years old or brand new. If you don't want to come through Lander, the cutoff between the Sweetwater River (nice rest area at the junction) and Riverton is very good asphalt, called the Sand Draw Road/Hwy 135, and cuts about 30 miles off the ride.

If you are coming from the Soutwest, the Snowy Range ride is WAY out of the way. There are so many fine routes to take between Salt Lake City and Cody it's hard to choose! If you are coming from the Northeast, you simply can't miss riding the Black Hills, that's some of the prettiest country to ride through in the region. Then it's I-90 slab from Moorcroft to Buffalo or Sheridan, then over the Big Horn Mountains with stunning scenery and perfect twisties and on to Cody through the Big Horn Basin.

I'm sitting here watching a raging blizzard outside while writing this, and I'm getting all excited to fire the scooter up and get on with trying to wear it out! Only four more months of Winter! Arghhhh!!!!!


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#11580 - 01/25/04 10:05 PM Re: ACCOMMODATIONS SITE [Re: DouglasR]  
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Hi Doug!

You know don't you that now that you have reveled yourself, you are just going to get bombarded with request for information and suggestions! So, not wanting to be the ones to change that...

We have been devouring you notes so far, and just finished highlighting on the map your suggested route from Cheyenne to Cody. (We will be coming from Kansas City via Denver.) What else is there to do on an icy January Sunday in the mid-west?!?

We will be going on to the national rally in Spokane after UN-III. Are you familiar with that direction also? If so what might be your suggestions for exiting Cody to the west, through a bit of Yellowstone, then on up through Montana / Idaho to avoiding sitting on I-15, I-90 bored to tears? We will be 2-up but are not afraid of the twisties.

Also, related, what would be a good halfway over night stopping point between Cody and Spokane. Motels for us! We don't do the camping thing!

We feel your enthusiasm and this trip will be the highlight of our summer! (We are going on to B.C. and Donna's folks' in Alberta from Spokane.)

Any guidance you can give is much appreciated!



Ken & Donna H.
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#11581 - 01/26/04 01:03 AM Re: ACCOMMODATIONS SITE [Re: DouglasR]  
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Douglas,
I'm reading, and highlighting the maps, and THANK YOU!


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Many years and 1 million (s)miles.

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#11582 - 01/26/04 01:26 AM Re: ACCOMMODATIONS SITE [Re: doc47]  
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Last time I was in Cody we stayed at the Uptown Motel. It was recommended by a friend of mine in Nashville who rides a Honda ST1100. He said that he and a few other guys stayed there one stormy night and the proprietor pulled his own car out of his garage and let them put their bikes inside out of the weather. You can’t beat that kind of recommendation! It was neat and clean even though it's not brand new. So if you like the places with 'character' instead of the chains - give them a call. (307) 587-4245

I also highly recommended the restaurant next door, Granny’s Kitchen.


Mark King Franklin, TN Red 2002 R1150RT
#11583 - 01/26/04 01:43 AM Re: ACCOMMODATIONS SITE [Re: Paul Mihalka]  
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Douglas,
From Cody, at the end of the "festivities", I'll have to high tail it east to get home.
On the map it looks like this: Cody to Shoshoni via Thermopolis, rt120 and 20. From there to I25/Casper on rt26. From I25 exit no.92 take 26 east until it hooks up with I80 in Ogallala/Nebraska. Is this a reasonable way to go? Or from I25 take rt20 east and hook up with I80 in Omaha. Or from rt26 in Nebraska hook up with rt2 to Grand Island. It is marked scenic in Rand McNally. How much time would I loose by avoiding I80 in Nebraska? I hate interstates with the best of you but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do .
Thanks for your help.


Age is a issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter... (Mark Twain)
Many years and 1 million (s)miles.

'05 R1200GS lotsa miles (sold)
'09 Yamaha Majesty - yes, a scooter
#11584 - 01/26/04 02:01 AM Re: ACCOMMODATIONS SITE [Re: DouglasR]  
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once into wyo. if you do take the happy jack road to laramie and time permitting. side track for a stop at veedavoo it's worth it.
if me and the missus can luck out on a room (ha) we are going to try and make it. as it's our anniversary that week.

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