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Red Grade Road (Day 46)

September 3rd, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Once at my brother’s house in Sheridan, the key thing was to sleep in. That accomplished…

I should just start with the second paragraph.

There’s this road, “Red Grade Road”, that’s not far from my bro’s house (in Sheridan), which is “in the sticks” (according to my niece), but not as in the sticks as the road. The road turns to dirt quickly and then heads up the hills. It’d probably be a great place to camp on the weekends or snowmobile or fish. Here are some photos:

sheridan_black-tooth-mountainBlacktooth Mountain — supposedly my brother’s going to hike to the top one day.

sheridan_red-grade-roadDirty Truck = Happy Truck. At least, that’s my current working theory.

sheridan_red-grade-cloudsThey have clouds in Wyoming also.

The cool thing about Sheridan and the whole area around it is that it looks (to me) exactly like you expect Wyoming to look. Rugged high-country, grassy hills broken up by stands of trees and, in the distance, snow-capped peaks. I’ve heard it said (or maybe read) that when people are thinking of Wyoming, they really mean Montana. Not so true as it turns out. It would not have been hard to imagine that Big Whiskey was going to be the next town up the road at any point (although I think the movie was probably filmed in Alberta). Anyway — it’s a landscape that looks like it needs cowpokes, outlaws-turned-sheriff, saloons, brothels, five-cent whiskey shots, etc., etc. Feels like the West, and not the overrun one like we got in California.

IMHO.

bkd

PS, Sheridan is also cool b/c my brother lives there.

PPS, I enjoyed getting to sign my nieces’ permission slips for their first (actually second) days of school.

  1. Scott Brown
    October 25th, 2009 at 01:08 | #1

    Great pictures and info on the Red Grade Rd.

    I am planning a road trip for May 2010. I will be going from Rapid City, SD to Cody, WY and thought a side-trip over the Red Grade would be nice.

    Can this road be done in a car or is a high clearence vehicle a must?

    I’ve read it is steep gravel and washboard. I imagine it won’t be a problem, but having never been out west, I am afraid a rough steep gravel road in the appalachian mountains may be a bit different from one in Wyoming.

    Any info would be super.

    Thanks,
    Scott

  2. October 25th, 2009 at 05:57 | #2

    Would not have been a problem when I was there (I saw some regular passenger cars doing it). There are some spurs that might be challenging, but the main road should be just fine. Have fun!

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