Today I started in Evanston WY which is the farthest western part of the state (about 4 miles from the Utah border) and tonight I am in Gothenburg Nebraska.
The day started out with temperatures in the teens at sunrise as I got on the road and stayed in the twenties pretty much all through the trip across Wyoming. There has been a LOT of new resource extraction activities that have come in since the last time I was through here (admittedly back in 1985). I passed at least a half dozen refineries along the highway – big ones. They looked like they were converting coal into oil? I also passed a big mine that had a lot of these trucks zooming around
Additional things – I managed to cross the Continental Divide TWICE. I am not totally clear how I managed that one as I was heading east the whole time. Seems like a bit of an oxymoron? The signs quoted an altitude of about 4900 and 6000 feet independently of each other – weird.
I stopped at the Wagonhound Rest Area in Wyoming since I was having a hard time finding a place to get some good photos – turns out it is a very interesting area (double click the photos below to read the signs). Very scenic too and evocative of the far west in winter!
A panoramic photo of the same area – note the snow fences
The rest stop had a fair amount of people when I was there but from the amount of snow in the parking lot, that was not typical
Crossed into Nebraska without problems and cruised along nicely – then I looked down and noticed it was 60 degrees. This was about when I crossed the time zone from Mountain to Central time. The temperatures have leveled out in central Nebraska to about 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Very different from Wyoming which was stubbornly cold all day. The jetstream must be blasting hard and doing a full push up from the Gulf of Mexico?
While I was unloading the car today at the hotel, several hundred, if not a thousand, Snowy Canada geese flew overhead. Lots of mixed V formations and a bit of confusion on their part. I wonder if we are on part of their ‘fly way” ?
Pretty much it for today – enjoy the call of the wild below!