I'm planning on 19 days for this trip. I'll be taking I-80 west, stopping in Iowa to do some genealogy research (3 or 4 days), then to Minden Nebraska Pioneer Village (1 day) west to US-385 north to the Badlands area & Deadwood (3 or 4 days) picking up I-90 through SD, WY and MT (Cody,WY?) connecting with US-89 at Livingston, MT down to Gardiner, MT and the North entrance to Yellowstone.
I'm a 60 year old woman doing this solo. This isn't my first long trek as I did all the major paved roads in Alaska in 2011.
1) I love to have your input on CHEAP places to camp, eat and sights that shouldn't be missed. I'll be on an extremely limited budget so an emphasis on FREE is appreciated.
2) If I go to Cody, WY is it better to get off I-90 at Sullivan and go west or is it better to go all the way to Billings, MT on I-90 and approach from the south?
3) What is US-89 like from Livingston, MT to Gardiner? Lots of switchbacks or relatively straight?
4)Do you think I've planned enough time at 19 days?
5) Do truck stops along the way offer public showers to tourists or are the reserved for the truckers?
Thanks to all of you in advance for taking the time to answer my questions. Robin