As I exited the coach around 5:30 I could already feel that warmness in the early morning air portending a hot day. It has only been recently that we have experienced a couple of days in the low 90's. When you've been used to mostly 60's and 70's for a long, long time it takes a bit to re-acclimate yourself to hot and dry weather. We didn't take much out on our arrival, so putting away what we did get out took little time, and we were able to pull out of the park exactly at 8:30. Our 4 traveling companions, the McCloud's and Olivier's, were going to leave a little later in the morning.....the McCloud's were going to attend church, and the Olivier's were only heading to Billings for the day, while the rest of us would meet in Columbus, MT....about 42 miles west of Billings.
Of course our initial destination was Billings where Chris and Cherie are currently domiciled. We had also located a Flying J with propane and diesel, both at decent prices. We're getting a little low on propane, although if we don't use the generator for A/C we could probably be good for several weeks, and we were down to 1/3 tank on the diesel side. Our goal is to enter Canada with close to a full tank of diesel to avoid having to fuel up there....diesel is close to $4.50 per gallon. If we fill up north of Great Falls we can get into and out of Canada without having to buy diesel....at least that's our plan, right?
The drive west on I-90 continued to be beautiful....the vistas are so big. The terrain was more hilly, and we went up in down several hundred feet in elevation several times, but the 6V92 performed well, and the temps stayed in line getting to 200 degrees on a couple of steep climbs.
Billings was only 130 miles from Sheridan, so on the way we stopped off at the historic site of Little Big Horn, the scene of Custer's famous "last stand". The parking lot was jammed with visitors, and we had a difficult time finding 62' to park in, but we finally succeeded after a couple of failed attempts.