|Today we decided to take a long drive & burn out the full tank of diesel we purchased in Gillette yesterday. As I mentioned in the last post, we're pretty sure we purchased a tank of bad diesel. We're running Cetane through it on the advice of McKie Ford & hopefully this will fix our black smoke issue. Fortunately the truck seems to be running just fine, it's just billowing black smoke. And I do mean billowing!
We got an early start this morning, heading I-90 north of Sheridan to the small town of Ranchester on U.S. 14. We cruised through the small town of Dayton as well before finally reaching the Burgess Junction Visitors Center. Unfortunately it has been closed for the season so we were not able to visit the Visitor's Center. Here the road splits with U.S. 14 going to the left toward the town of Greybull, and U.S. 14A bearing to the right toward the town of Lovell. We decided to travel the Bighorn Scenic Byway (U.S. 14 loop) to Greybull & then head north to the town of Lovell, eventually winding up on Medicine Wheel Passage (14 Alternate).
One of three highways that crosses the Bighorn National Forest from east to west, the Bighorn Scenic Byway crosses both range land and forest, offering a variety of different scenery from mountain peaks to valley overlooks, sub-alpine meadows to dense forest, and unique landscape features such as craggy limestone outcroppings. It was a very pretty drive as we made our way up the windy, twisty steep grade. Our first stop was at the Fallen City boulder field. Interesting formations! We continued our journey, thoroughly enjoying the colors of fall popping up all around us and the pretty little Granite Creek running off to our left. Numerous turnouts gave us a chance to stop and appreciate the stunning scenery. We were disappointed to find the visitor center & viewing area closed for Shell Falls for this season as that was one of our planned stops. The entrance was blocked off & they were doing road repair right in front of it, so we were forced to move on.
We were able to view a smaller Fall from a distance & not much past it decided to stop and enjoy our picnic along the Shell Creek. The walking bridge entrance was closed, but not locked, so we 'breached' the closure & set up our chairs near the end of the bridge. We loved the sound of the rushing water & the view made it a great place to spend 30 minutes or so enjoying our cheese, crackers etc. One other 'human' showed up to take a pic. He snuck up on us, scared me to death! I jumped a foot & made for a good laugh for all of us. Eventually we packed everything up & Larry dragged me back to the truck. I couldn't seem to make myself stop taking pics, lol!
Not many miles later we arrived in Greybull where we turned north on Hwy 310 for the 30 mile drive to Lovell. Not much to see on this particular stretch of road! We located our turnoff for U.S. 14A and just a few miles east of Lovell we turned north on WY 37, destination Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area to check out Horseshoe Bend & the Devil Canyon Overlook. But, I'm going to end today's post at Shell Creek where we enjoyed our snack because there is just too much info and too many pics to share with you. So please come back again to check out Part Two of today's journey. And, thanks for stopping by!