Idaho Flying Trip September 2, 2016

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I left McCall ID for home this morning. There was a frost overnight and I had to wait for it to melt off the airplane before I could take off. I flew north and then east near Missoula MT. Very pretty but rugged country.

Once I got to Billings I was out of the big mountains. Then it was on to Sheridan WY where I planned to stay the night.

Tomorrow should be interesting since I plan to fly by Devil's Tower (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) and Mount Rushmore before heading to Red Oak Iowa where I'll spend the night at the Red Coach Inn and Restaurant. My daughter asked if I meant the Red Roach Inn and Restaurant. Since it will be Sunday a lot of small airports and towns are closed down so I had to search for a place that was open with ground transportation to and from the airport. My planned route tomorrow is shown below.

Out of McCall heading North toward Missoula MTI followed a road in case I had to make a forced landing. There weren't any airports or even farmers' fields.
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Missoula MTI followed the Interstate southeast from Missoula to Helena MT where I stopped for fuel.
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From Helena I headed southeast toward Billings MT. I had to cross the "Crazy Mountains" at 10,000 to avoid the worst of the turbulence. They were tall, rugged and forbidding.Here's a view to the left going through them. I think this one was Loco Mountain.
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Once I got to Billings I was out of the big mountains. Then it was on to Sheridan WY where I planned to stay the night. I didn't know there was a big rodeo in town. Every hotel was sold out except Motel 6. The FBO had no courtesy or rental cars left so I caught a cab to the hotel and had dinner delivered by Jimmy Johns.Tomorrow should be interesting since I plan to fly by Devil's Tower (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) and Mount Rushmore before heading to Red Oak Iowa where I'll spend the night at the Red Coach Inn and Restaurant. My daughter asked if I meant the Red Roach Inn and Restaurant. Since it will be Sunday a lot of small airports and towns are closed down so I had to search for a place that was open with ground transportation to and from the airport. Here's my planned route tomorrow.
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