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Published: December 19th 2007
Beartooth Scenic Highway
US 212 rising to the Beartooth Plateau
Not far out of Red Lodge you are quickly on The Beartooth Scenic Highway, which is without doubt very scenic. It reminds David of Trollstigen near Andalsnes in Norway, apart from the Fjords that is.
The road’s a bit pock marked at high altitude but that’s a relatively minor quibble. We go over the top, across the plateau, over the Beartooth Pass, through Coulter Pass and Cooke City, and into Yellowstone National Park via the North East Entrance. Not much else to say, except it blows your mind for most of the journey and then there’s our return tour and split right over the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway to Cody. It’s just awesome all the way - providing the weather’s good of course - and it was!
At Dead Indian Pass on the Chief Joseph Highway, the view’s fantastic but there’s the heart-rending story of the US Military’s harassment of the Nez Perce (pronounced Nay Persay) Native American Nation. It’ll have you in tears - got a lump in our throats right now. Much of the route is in the Shoshone National Forest. It’s a scenic splendour. Then there’s the awesome but basic Sunlight Bridge above the Creek and
The Beartooth Scenic Highway
US 212 looking back towards Red Lodge
Gorge of the same name. The gorge is so narrow and deep, we couldn’t do photographic justice to the scene.
Cody on a Sunday is a little quiet but our host at the Cody Cowboy Village is boisterous and good fun. He and his partner wax lyrically about their visits to Edinburgh and the lively Hogmanay they’ve experienced. The free internet enables David to keep up with news of Newcastle United so he’s well satisfied. Our host recommends an Italian restaurant in Cody but it’s closed when we arrive. Another recommended restaurant has one hour waiting so we sample Wendy’s avant-garde fare! It fills a hole.
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