3,700, 3,750, 3,800, feet... WAAAAAAA! Dowshift into 3rd gear as the engine wals up to 4,000 rpm's. Penny's gas motor is screaming up the hill at a blistering 50 mph. There is about 24,000 pounds of mass that this GM Vortec is pushing up a 7% grade at 4,000 feet in elevation and it's not complaining at all. Temperatures all stay within normal and the big block is singing beneath our feet. The floor is getting hot from the headers and Katie looks uneasy from the sound bellowing out of the floor. "Relax." I tell her. "This is what it's made to do" The 8100 Vortec is notorious for being a gas workhorse monster, and what a monster she is.
We arrive at the foot of Scott's Bluff and pull over into the RV parking lot to let the big girl catch her breath. This is the first hike on our trip and we're both excited to bust out the Camelbacks (fancy backpack with built in water bag) and hit the trail. The trail map has it marked as strenuous and we can't wait. Is that pavement I see? Strenuous my ass.
Scott's Bluff was a quick 3.2 mile round trip hike with only 800 feet of elevation gain. We wrapped it up in about an hour and a half and got back to the road. It's not getting any warmer in Yellowstone so this freight train of vehicles needs to keep hustling across the country.
We lean on our beloved website of freecampsites.net to find our new home for the night. Oliver Resevoir State Recreation allows people to park their junk for 14 days for free and we took full advantage of it. One more night of no money spent always puts smiles on our faces.