Greg's 2007 Odyssey travel blog

At Laurel, MT, I turned off I90 which was also under construction. The off ramp was accessed by a detour and I couldn't read the directional sign quick enough, so I turned in the wrong direction. I pulled into a grocery store lot and asked for directions. I was on my way again. By now it's around 9 PM and dark. I'm pulling the trailer without tail lights, hoping I get to Cody without being ticketed or told I have to leave the trailer on the roadside. Fortunately, there isn't much traffic at that time of night on those secondary highways.

About half way there, the entire highway is torn up and under construction. It is exactly like the road conditions were in the Yukon Territory - hard packed mud/gravel with pot holes and half-ass packed trenches across the roadbed. The night now was pitch black. There are no painted lines to follow, just cones along the edge of the roadbed. This required the use of bright lights and slow speed. This lasted till the WY border. Smooth road at last!

Wrong! About 20 miles down the road, highway 120 into Cody was under construction also. I was stopped by flagmen in two locations for a brief wait for the pilot car to arrive and lead us through it. As I was approaching the end of the first escorted run, I found a deer running across the road about 20 feet in front of me. Fortunately, I missed him.

The rest of the way in to Cody was uneventful. When I turned onto the road to get to Pam's, it was under construction and all torn up. I couldn't believe it. So, after picking my way through the potholes, I arrived at Pam's, went inside her house and "collapsed." That was a 14 hour drive that should have taken no longer than 12, at the most.

I will be here until I leave to meet Rita. I've got a lot of things to do for me, Socks and the coach before then.

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