Wild Horses and Banana Cream Pie . . .

After an easy morning we pulled out of Yellowstone Valley Inn & RV Park about 9:30 heading for Billings Trailer Village RV Park in Billings, MT about 120 miles away. But our first stop was at the Wild Horse Café about 15 miles away on the western outskirts of Cody.

We were meeting our friends Al & Adrienne for one last get-together breakfast before we headed out. We decide to wait to hook up the toad until we left the restaurant so Jan followed me in the truck and we park the rig right down the street and across the road in the parking lot of a microbrewery that didn’t open until 5pm.

Wild Horse Cafe 1

Wild Horse Café was a two’fer. Our breakfasts were delicious, especially the Huevos Rancheros. And for Jan, it even had a gift shop where she found a moose necklace that she just had to have.

Wild Horse Cafe 2

Wild Horse Cafe 3

By the time we finally said multiple good-byes, it was after noon before we got hitched up and back on the road. But it was worth it to spend some more time with them.

Back on the road we came to the town of Belfry about 10 miles inside Montana and ran into a problem, or at least a detour. The road ahead was block, and I could go right or left. But this was a detour without being told which way to go. And I went left, which turned out to be the wrong way, but turned out to be the right way.

We ended up heading west toward Bearcreek and Red Lodge with no way to turn around. on the two lane road.  Coming into Bearcreek about 8 miles after our wrong turn, we saw signs for The World Famous Banana Cream Pie served at the Hungry Bear Café. So I stopped.

Turns out I’m wasn’t the first person to show up lost. The husband and wife owners said I would be able get turned around by taking one of the dirt roads around the block in town. But if I continue on to Red Lodge and then turned north on US212, it would only be about 2 miles farther to get to Billings then if we hadn’t had to detour at Belfry.

So I not only left the Hungry Bear Café in Bearcreek with good directions, but also with a couple of slices of their World Famous Banana Cream Pie. So it was all good.

We pulled into the Billings Trailer Village RV Park about 3pm and got set up. We’ve stayed here 5 or 6 times and this is the fullest we’ve ever seen it. Glad we had reservations.

We both ended up napping for awhile before heading out for dinner. Neither one of us really had any place in mind, but then we came across Café Rio and decided to give it a try.

Cafe Rio

It turns out that the place is kind of like a Chipotle Mexican Grill, where you chose what you want, i.e. taco, enchilada, burrito, salad, etc, then you chose what what meat, and what other fillings you want.

And it turned out to be very, very, good. They advertise that they make everything by hand, fresh every day, including their tortillas. We both agreed that we’d eat at one of these again.

On the way home we stopped off at a CVS Drugs and a NAPA Auto Parts before getting back to the rig for the night.

Tomorrow we’ll be having dinner with our friend Linda who lives here now. Jan and Linda used to work at the same hospital back in the Houston area before Linda moved up here to Billings.

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Thought for the Day:

"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it." — Samuel Johnson

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2 Responses

  1. I would say you had a very fortuitous day The pie find was just meant to be. Nick missed out on that one. And don’t you just love getting onto a detour and finding out it is the wrong way and then you start to wonder where you will turn your rig around. But that is part of the adventure. Have a great week.

  2. George,

    After I realized I was going the wrong way I was afraid I was going to have to unhook the toad to get turned around, but then looking it quickly became obvious that even unhooked, the road was so narrow and the 6 inches of shoulder dropped off into ditches on both sides, that I wouldn’t be able to turn around anyway.

    So I just had to press on.

    But the pie was really good!

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