The third leg of the trip should take us out of the mountains and into the Great Plains. Throughout Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, both Dakotas, and into Iowa there will be days without major populations centers but some pretty decent flatlands. This will take some preparation to make sure we have the food and water necessary for each day but I am confident we can handle it. Overall we are looking at 2100 miles and about 40 days… but all plans are tentative and depend on the awesomeness that may come our way. Some highlights include:
- The awesomeness of Denver
- Kat Humphries
- Mount Rushmore
- Cuddle Shop
- Jubilee Days in Laramie, Wyoming
- Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
- Beaver Lake State Park
- Crazy Horse Memorial
- Being half the population of the state of North Dakota for a few days
If you have recommendations for this approximate route I’d love to hear them… or if you want to host or know someone with a soft couch we are also always looking for new friends and family.
May I recommend two highways along the Missouri River — 1804 and 1806. Named for the years that the Corps of Discovery traveled the region. Pick it up at Mobridge and head north to Bismarck on either side. The west highway, 1806 is just a tad bit more scenic and goes through the Standing Rock Reservation. The east route, 1804 flirts with the Missouri on every hill top.
Awesome! Thanks for the recommendations. We are definitely taking our time and having adventures/seeing sites so 1806 sounds wonderful.