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Posted: 08/14/10 10:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

AntiqFreq wrote:

I guess we'll do the Big Horns......
I was just worrying about 10% grades in/out of the Big Horns.

So let me ask, when leaving Cody should we take 14A?

I had read before NOT to take this with an RV as there ARE 10% grades there. Our truck is having an 'oil' issue so we try not to do grades over 6,7,8%.......

Thanks,

Jo


There is tons of things to see on this trip as mentioned above. My question is, if you are having oil issues, your TV engine may expire at zero grade. 6% or 10% won't make a difference.
If your TV is still the Ford in your profile with the 7.3, it would be for sure worth fixing. Probably a 500,000 mile motor. That's why Ford doesn't use them anymore. Well, not really, but it seams that way. I'd be more concerned with transmission, brakes, and courage. My DW would never drive that as many would rather not. We did 212 Beartooth Pass this year. The driving wasn't as bad as thought, but DW and kids had nice views. My eyes didn't leave the next turn. I'm a rookie mountain driver from Wisconsin though. Our biggest mountain here is a bridge in Green Bay.
Have fun on your trip.


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Posted: 08/14/10 09:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am still trying to get my reservations for Custer State Park done.
That is why I can't decide to go North out of Cody or just head East.
We want 7 days at Custer!

So back to the books, the calendars and the maps and reservations
and see what I can get into and when.

I truly appreciate all the advise and info.

Our truck has a 'small' oil leak for 3 months now. Got info on what to fix,
but was told by 2 different mechanics - it would not be a problem or let us
break down due to that!

Also, just checked brakes last week and we do have a banks exhaust brake so
I think all is okay there too. No fear on the part of my DH - it is only me
and I don't do the driving - I am in charge of the 'white knuckeling' portion of the trips!

Jo


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AntiqFreq wrote:

Hi,

We have trip planned out as far as W. Yellowstone (next week) then we plan to cross through the park to Cody, WY. (Not sure what to do there, but I am sure there is stuff)....


We happened across a chili fest on a Saturday morning and got to walk away with a pot of the best tasting chili I've ever had.... The old original town visible just north of the main road is pretty neat to see if you don't mind taking some time for the tour...


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Posted: 08/14/10 10:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've decided after we leave Cody, WY to go to the KOA in Buffalo, WY and then on to Custer St. Pk in Custer, SD.

I was thinking of doing 14 to 16(Worland) up to I-90 and exit at Moorcroft and get on 16 again to Custer St. Pk.

I hope this sounds like a good route. It seems pretty direct and after inquiring on this forum seems very dooable.

We'll do 2 nights at Cody and 2 nights at the KOA and then on to Custer St. Pk.

Jo

any thoughts..........?

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DesertHawk wrote:

No, do not do 14A; For an excessively steep drive, one would have to go up to WY US 14-A. We did the downward drive on US 14A after the split off of US 14 from Ranchchester, WY heading down hill to Lovell, pulling a 1983 20' Komfort Lite Travel Trailer with a '83 Ford F250 4 speed manuel with granny gear. I had to hold 2nd in gear manually and ask my wife to manually apply the trailer brakes now and then. They had a sign warning of the steep down grade, I should have taken the fork to Shell/Greybull. Most of the route was neat, all very pretty execpt for the 14 miles with 10% grade and sharp curves which I am sure was also pretty but I was to occupied to really notice the scenery.
US 14-A

US 14 will be steep enough for you IMHO. US 16 the easiest for steepness as I understand it.

Check this old post out: Routes to or from Yellowstone


I don't see how you had that much trouble on 14A. I was on it east bound 2 months ago and saw more than one tanker truck west bound.

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