From Rapid City Westward

July 15, 2015. DSCN4318Don’t be mislead, we are home and Stewball arrived July 6th. DSCN4540

I never had the chance to finish blogging our rally adventure ( sick, tired and often internet problems) so here goes.

Day 15. Rapid City, SD to Sheridan, WY: to start the day, Stewball DSCN4279had his photo taken with four other famous faces.

This was the start to the day that I consider the best drive of the rally. Now, I wasn’t driving, just taking in the spectacular scenery along the Needles Highway-A National Scenic Byway so Ed may have another opinion. DSCN4299

We had to pay to drive this road, but it was well worth the $11.oo. Some of our European drivers weren’t as impressed as we were. They tell me they have many twisty, mountain roads like this one.  Our day ended with a meet-up with the founder of the Wyoming VW club and his bus.

Day 16. Sheridan to Cody, “the Rodeo Capital of the World”. Stewball met his first cowgirl DSCN4227and fell in love. I was looking forward to this day because at the end, we were attending a rodeo. I had never been to one. ERA left DSCN4354a surprise in everyone’s room. Cowboy hats. How’s Ed look as a cowboy?

RodeoThe rodeo was colorful but too long.

I did ride (make that sat on) a bull. Another new experience! Janet on bull

This was an unusual day in several ways.The rally didn’t have an official beginning until noon so we could all leisurely visit the Little Big Horn battlefield, the site of


Custer’s last stand. Then on to the Big Horn Mountains and a climb to 9,033 feet then dropping to the Shell Canyon and its stunning DSCN4351falls. Stewball had never been this high but we had no problems, just slow speed.

We were tired at the end of day of miles of switch-backs and winding roads. We have discovered, we really don’t enjoy much at the end of a day of driving. It is demanding whether you are driving or navigating.

Day 17: Yellowstone Park. We were here on the 2011 Trans-American challenge so we didn’t stop this time at Old Faithful. The drive through the park is slow and we did stop when Stewball confronted a bison. (I’m still not sure what the difference is in a buffalo and a bison. Most look that up.) Stewball stared him down and he gave up the road. DSCN4387

Skipping forward to Reno. Day 20. I was sick. Several others had this chest congestion and cough, but I ended up with the whole head thing too.) So by this time I was miserable. The hot dry weather (It was 99 degrees at our lunch stop in Fallon, NV.) didn’t help so we opted out of the dinner to the National Car Museum (Aka, Harrad Car Museum) which is home to the Thomas IMG_2590Flyer that won the world race in 1908. We had been to the museum before and these photos our from our world rally in IMG_26042011 when the Flyer was brought out of the museum and led us around Reno.

From Duluth on, Stewball ran without another hiccup. Unfortunately, it all came undone on the last day. I will post another blog of our last day into San Francisco. It was a bad day for Stewball and the longest day of all!

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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1 Response to From Rapid City Westward

  1. IreneC says:

    I agree about the rodeo. It is way to long. We just got back from a two week cruise to Alaska and came down with the same chest congestion, cough thing. I thought it was from the ship, but I guess it’s going around. Looking forward to hearing the last episode.

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