Thinking of attending the FMCA rally in Gillette, WY in September. So as to not take the same route all the way home, has anyone experienced going West to Buffalo, then on the 16 to the 20 through Thermopolis, then the 287 back to the 80. We'll be going East on the 15 to the 80 then heading home all the way on the 80 and down the 5. I hate the 80 going into Sacramento, but we have friends there, so a stop is in the plans.
Traveling in a 39ft Winnebago Adventurer, gas, towing a Saturn.
Out of Buffalo on the 16 you will be going over the southern end of the Big Horns.
Little bit of a climb then run across top and a descend into Ten Sleep with a couple of switchbacks. It's a fairly easy drive.
On to Thermopolis, Riverton, Lander and Rawlins.....
Wind will be your big concern......can get a bit gusty
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There is some construction going on east of Tensleep for a few miles. Fill up with fuel in Buffalo. You can fuel again at Worland. I traveled part of that route coming west on I90, off at Buffalo, then 16 through Tensleep to Worland. Indian Campground RV park in Buffalo is great.
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For your consideration, a few miles outside of Lander is Sinks Canyon State Park. The Popo Agie River goes into a cave there and then comes up again about 1.4 miles down the hill. There is a campground in the Park, but your rig is too large.
Also, you can take route 28 just south of Lander to join route 191 at Farson then down to I80. About 2 miles of good gravel road off 28 is the restored mining town of South Pass City, which dates back to a gold rush in the 1860's.
Depending upon your time frame, an alternate route from Thermopolis is up to Cody and thru Yellowstone. US 20 is a fine road to connect with the interstate. It is slower but only a few miles farther. I have been both ways and prefer the more northernly route. A soak at the state run hot springs at Thermopolis is certainly welcome after the drive from Buffalo.