Day Twelve
Day Twelve

Billings, MT to Devil's Tower National Monument, WY
June 24th, 2004

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Brian - Two new motor mounts
Theresa - Devil's Tower
Brian & Theresa - The lack of breakfast options in Billings
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
Miles Theresa Drove
0 (702 Total)
Rainy, overcast with sun breaks, in the 60s
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
Cows, llamas, deer, antelope, lots and lots of prairie dogs
Devil's Tower KOA
Custer, SD

Daily Didactic
The day began as early as we have mustered yet, to get the bus over to our new mechanic Kurt. We dropped our ride off at eight o'clock and decided to walk to the nearest diner to get some breakfast and work on killing the three to four hours Kurt estimated he would need to replace the motor mounts. In retrospect, we probably should have asked where the nearest diner was. On the other hand, we were in a commercial area and, on a normal day, it seems like Denny's are everywhere. So we headed off with our Billings map and walked in the general direction of the very far off box store district we had been in yesterday. We passed casino after casino (they don't look like casinos, the look like convenience stores that we suspect are full of video poker machines), every kind of retail store we could imagine, lunch and dinner restaurants, but couldn't stumble across a breakfast spot for our lives. We walked block after block, sure that people in Billings must like food in the morning. Long story short, we had no problem killing four hours on our fourty something block day hike, the closest thing we saw in the hundreds of commercial establishments we passed was a "Golden Corral" that promised breakfast on the weekends, we finally settled for coffee and pastry at Barnes and Noble in the box store district, and we had a very entertaining and educational walk. Need to know anything about Billings, Montana? We think we have it down.

We got back to find Kurt finishing up the bus, and a test drive found it to be much healthier sounding. We headed into downtown Billings one last time to pick up our KOA discount card from the KOA International Headquarters, upload yesterday's page and quickly check email. We appreciated the howdys and the pointers on places not to miss. We then jumped on I-90 and headed for Wyoming, eager to break Montana's hold on us. We drove through some pretty foreboding looking weather and about six hours later pulled up to the base of Devil's Tower. Theresa thankfully opted for the komfort of the Devil's Tower KOA over the spartan Devil's Tower state campground and we settled in for the evening.

While it was tempting, we passed on the nine o'clock showing of Close Encounters in the "movie site"...

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

Morning in Billings, at the first KOA in North America, on the banks of the Yellowstone River Alignment man
Transmission man As close as Billings had available for breakfast this morning
Mixed messages Plumbing man
The last of Montana Big Sky... ...soon to be replaced with that of Wyoming
The Sheridan inn, where Buffalo Bill spent his performing years Downtown Sheridan, old and westernish
More downtown Sheridan A snow break, to keep the drifts of the roads
It is good to be a cow in Wyoming Little personal oil wells dot the landscape
Dramatic clouds The elusive Devils Tower finally pokes above the countryside
Devils Tower at sunset Red rock
Deer and lots and lots of prairie dogs We can barely feed ourselves

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