From Mitchell, SD to Buffalo, WY via The Badlands

Trip Start May 25, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

This was a LONG day. We were in and around the truck for over 12 hours today. And I still had the energy to cook some pasta at the end of it. We did wake-up early knowing it was going to be a long trip. We left Mitchell at around 7:00 and drove west on the I-90 to Badlands National Park. We have been here before but since it is one of Pooh's all time favorite places we had to see it again. We spent around 2 hours just in one small part of it - the Door trail, where you get to run around beyond the trail. Pooh went into the canyons and I took the high route on the top. This was so much fun. However, on the way back to the RV - where we had our lunch again - I dropped and broke the camera - just a few days into the trip. Of all the places I have traveled around the world, I have never broke a camera. So now we had to do the rest of the Badlands with no camera. We did visit the Visitor Center which is well worth the stop. The entire loop is only 30 miles but it is an action packed loop. We did find a place to let the dogs run around and enjoy the place. Now our mission was to find a new camera. We went to a Wal Mart in Rapid City - but they did not have what we were looking for, so we found it in Gillette Wyoming. Now, the entire state of Qyoming has less people than my home county of Gwinnett. But for some reason, the small town of Gillette had a traffic jam at the time - very odd for this state. We got the camera and we were off to our destination of Buffalo. For the last hour of the trip we chased a HUGE rain front. But we caught-up with it just a few miles from the town - we were in for a ton of lightining and hail!!!!! However, this passed as we pulled in to our campground. The good news for the day is that we drove with a tailwind most of the time so the gas milage was good - however, diesel is just so expensive - and just after day 4 we are already almost $200 behind!!!!! I hope when we get to Yellowstone we can drive less and start saving cash.
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