Arrival at Big Atlantic Gulch Campground

Where is Big Atlantic Gulch Campground?

Today’s travel: map item #37 to #38, 91 miles

We left Boysen sooner than anticipated earlier because of an over abundance of flies. Isn’t it nice to just move one’s house when something annoys them?

We traveled only one-half as far as originally planned. While driving South on Highway 28 we encountered a sign that indicated a loop to two historic towns, Atlantic City and South Pass City, nearly ghost towns. More about them later.

The road eventually turned into gravel, but excellent gravel road similar to the gravel roads in Alaska, only these were a tad narrower than those of AK. But I digress. While in route the few miles to the cities, there was a sign for a BLM campground, one-half mile, on a side road. I made note of it and returned to it after a drive-through and tour of the two cities.

Yup, it truly is a campground so well unpublicized and annotated that it is only half full. But since the BIG Atlantic Gulch CG has only seven sites, three ‘residents’ constitute that capacity! The CG is located in a grove of small quaking aspen trees. I am watching one quake right outside my window… quake on, little tree! The appreciated breeze is a good quake inducer.

I may stay here a day or three, as I want to revisit the ‘cities’ and check for additional exploring opportunities. Also Barth could do with a general as well as a detailed house cleaning. Any volunteers to help?

I am glad I wandered into this location!

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Boysen State Park and Wind Canyon, WY

Where is Boysen State Park, WY?

Today’s travel: map item #36 to #37, 97 miles

Barth’s view looking ‘down’ the Big Horn River (aka Wind River) in Wind Canyon.

Barth’s view looking ‘up’ the Big Horn River (aka Wind River) in Wind Canyon.

A pleasant drive today, only 97 miles off of Big Horn Mountain and the snow to Wind River Canyon. Even with a grub stop and a mail-call stop we arrived early afternoon.

The Big Horn River is Wind River only as it flows through the canyon and the Wind River Indian Reservation. A dam within sight and upstream of my location creates a rather large lake, the surroundings of which comprise the Boysen State Park. There are many campgrounds scattered around the lake, but this one is solar-friendly, satellite-friendly and convenient.

Wind River Canyon is really a beautiful canyon. The only drawback to camping here is the highway on one side of the river and a train track on the other side of the river. Serenity is not to be had here. Annie the Dog has the advantage here as, being deaf, she cannot hear the distractions.

I came through here a couple of years ago without pausing for a stop. I remember that I said to myself at that time (or to Annie the Dog) that we would have to revisit the area. Consider it revisited. Before leaving I may spend the cash to drive to the other side of the lake to check out campgrounds that appear to be more remote.

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Moved to Sitting Bull Campground

Where is Sitting Bull Campground?

Yesterday I moved a few miles to the west into the Sitting Bull campground, after all the Labor Day folks moved on. I was tired of camping in the pull-out by the highway.

This is the place I was trapped by snow for a day 2 years ago, even the same site. Well, I was kinda trapped, as I got out quickly so that I would not be really trapped. That was two weeks later in the month. With this year’s warm temperatures, I doubt that to be a problem this year.

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Arrival near Sitting Bull CG, Big Horn NF

Where is pullout near Sitting Bull CG, Big Horn NF?

Today’s travel: map item #34 to #35, 76 miles

Today’s short trip took us to the Big Horn National Forest. I went to the Sitting Bull campground but found no spaces that had a good solar aperture. Two spots I had in mind were occupied. So we backtracked up the mountain a couple of miles to a winter sports staging area, a large paved semi-level pullout. Not a bad place as we are alone here. A little close to the road, but there is not much traffic. The campgrounds along highway 16 across these mountains are secret gems.

Here is a picture of Barth grinning at the woods that we peer into.

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Arrival at Rapid City, SD.

Where is the dang truck repair shop??

Today’s travel: map item #32 to #33, a whopping 36 miles

The light things first. I was not in a good mood what with the Barth temperature issue and the dog surcharge at the campground. I guess that the camp host lady yesterday thought I needed cheering up after I told them I was picking up not a single turd if I had to pay $2.00/day surcharge for having a dog. And that is per dog! Anyways, she brought three really dark chocolate brownies warm from her oven! I felt better for about 35 minutes.

I arrived at the Black Hills Truck and Trailer shop in Rapid City at the designated time of 7:30 this morning. BHT&T is a Kenworth dealer, but sure has a lot of Freightliners sitting around! Doesn’t matter, they are a Cummins certified shop (which probably only means that they paid a few hundred dollars registration fee to Cummins).

The first troubleshooting step for my strange overheating symptoms was to air and water blast dust, dirt and debris from the radiator That is kind of difficult because the radiator has the air injection cooler in front of the radiator, and a transmission and oil cooler in front of that. There were no hills to test on, but a simple run down the freeway looked normal. But I won’t be surprised if the symptoms return in warmer weather, as I am skeptical that the temperature surging was caused by debris in the radiator.

As far as the shop is concerned, it doesn’t matter. I paid $90/hr for someone with enough technical training and certification to handle an air nozzle and a water hose. That is what counts.

The weather is cool. The area is quiet. The pavement is level, unlike the last National Forest I stayed at. There is no surcharge for a dog, unlike the last NFS campground. So I am planning on staying here tonight, maybe even tomorrow night before leaving the Black Hills.

While running a few non-critical errands to kill some time I have just about gotten the town of Rapid City mapped out. Small, easy to get around in. Reminds me of Flagstaff, a “right size” town.

Yesterday when I was discussing my arrival time with the truck shop manager, I asked when I should arrive to allow missing rush hour traffic.

“Traffic rush? Don’t forget, you are in South Dakota!”

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