Rock Springs, Wyoming: My Driver was
determined to make it all the way to Rock Springs, Wyoming today, as he wants to
explore the surrounding area and we were delayed a day due to weather in the
Denver area. It meant driving all day (about 375 miles) and we just hate driving
all day. With just a few short stops, David drove eight solid hours today.
Though the snow had mostly melted in the greater Denver
area, we found snow along our route (I-25 north to Cheyenne, Wyoming... then
a left/west on I-80) much of the day.
Our lunch stop was to a rest area - just east of Laramie, exit 323 - on
I-80. This is the highest point on I-80, the Lincoln Highway:
The reading from my iPhone app
I-80 (The Lincoln Highway) was the first transcontinental
auto road. Envisioned in 1912 by Henry Bourne Joy, President of the Packard
Motor Car Company, and leader of the privately organized
Highway Association. Joy developed the idea of a nation-crossing highway
as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln. I-80 travels 3,389 miles between Times
Square in New York City and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco,
The rest area is host to a 4,500 pound bronze
sculpture of Lincoln's head, made by Robert I. Russin in 1959 in Mexico City to
commemorate Lincoln's 150th birthday.
We forged on. Fighting a headwind all day.
The skies were filled with rain clouds, and rain was falling, but evaporated
before reaching earth. Never used our wipers all day.
How he can drive this monster for eight hours? I am exhausted and I just sat
on my toches.
Over the day, we must have seen hundreds of Pronghorn Sheep (American
Antelope). Beautiful animals!
After securing a campsite for the night, we decided to just
relax and watch basketball on television. Happily, dinner was ready. I had
prepared version #3 of the green chile, corn and chicken stew recipe I am
developing before we left Golden this morning - this time in the slow
cooker. It was, as usual, torture to smell dinner stewing all day while
driving down the road. (Don't worry, the crockpot is nestled in the kitchen
sink, secured with a plastic strap.) Version #3, via the slow cooker, is the
winner so far... and the potatoes actually cooked through, though we were at
extremely high elevations all day.
Until my next update, I remain, your high-mileage correspondent.
River KOA - Checked-in too late to really explore the park. Will update
tomorrow with photos. We have a 50 amp gravel pull-through and paid $43.
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