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VIDEO | Eating on the range – A Chuckwagon experience

August 23, 2023 – Cody, WI – There’s nothing like pushing cattle for miles and then hearing the ring of the triangle to come and get a belly full of beans, biscuits and coffee. Ray Nardini, a lifelong foodie and camp cook, served up a traditional cowboy meal out front of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Museum in Cody, WY.

Some of Chuckwagon highlights:

– Nardini said cowboys ate until they were satisfied.

-The job as camp cook started at 2 a.m. and ended at 8 p.m.

-The secret of the coffee was to bring it to a rolling boil, add coffee, boil again and then pour on cold water to sink the grounds.

-Sourdough biscuits because a chuckwagon couldn’t transport dairy for buttermilk biscuits.

-The camp cook was the second highest paid on the wagon train right behind the trail boss.

-There was bacon in the beans.

-Pies were also made on the range in a cast iron pot using dried fruit.

-The cook’s helper was always called “Little Mary.” Even if he was 6’8 and 350 pounds.

-Logged 18 miles on Tuesday pedaling Cody, WY. Museums, thrift stores, Irma Hotel, churches, Post Office, and The famous Cody Rodeo.

-Headed east to Graybull, WY about 51 miles on Hwy 14/16. Paved.

Had a great tailwind and clocked 17 mph. Landed just after noon. Resupplied and doing the first stage of the climb over the mountains today with 16 mi to Shell, WY.


“Have I not commanded you? …  Be strong and courageous. … Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9


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