After leaving Little Bighorn we continued east on US 212, going through the Crow and the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations. We filled up on diesel in Lame Deer on the Cheyenne reservation. It was a good price at 2.39 9/10 per gallon. Once we left the reservation we looked for a camping spot. We passed Red Shale looking for another, but soon realized we had gone too far. We turned around and went to the Red Shale Campground which was another Forest Service site. It is quite basic. No water but with a pit toilet (sans toilet paper). Must be getting late in the season.
There were three other campers, and the very best spot was taken , but ours worked out fine. We tested the new rain shelter using the equipment we bought at Lowe’s in Billings. You might say we made a dry run. The open forest setting is very appealing to me. Trees, but not so many you can’t see the landscape.
There was a nice little meadow where the dogs were allowed to run free for a bit. We also had our first fire. The ground was a bit damp but there was plenty of dry wood to be had from long ago fallen trees