Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lander to Laramie to Cheyenne!!!

The Wyoming State HOG Rally was over so I departed Lander on Sunday morning. But first I stopped for fuel. I bought 14.43 gallons for $4.67 per gallon, for a total of $67.55. I averaged 13.0 MPG. Not too bad. I had added a fuel additive, and continued to drive at 55MPH.

The drive from Lander, WY east on HWY 287 was soooooo boring!!! It was hard to stay at 55MPH and hard to stay awake. I kept creeping up to 60 MPH!!! I was planning on stopping in Rawlins, but it looked as boring as the Highway had been, so I continued on. I stopped at two rest stops between Rawlins and Laramie, but the rest stops didn't impress me very much either. So, I continued on to Laramie. I found the very RV friendly Wal-Mart, then settled into a cozy spot until the next morning. There were quite a few RVs in the parking lot when I awoke Monday morning. I did a little shopping, then headed out in search of the lowest priced diesel in town. I passed up an EXXON which had diesel for $4.55 per gallon, thinking I saw something cheaper when I rolled into to town Sunday afternoon. In addition to my diesel search, I was also looking for the Laramie Harley Shop. I found the H-D shop, purchased some special Harley motor oil, then continued my quest for cheap diesel. Well, I ended back at the EXXON and purchased 21.63 gallons for a total of $98.66. I had to swipe my card twice. I averaged 14.3 MPG. It's getting better!! Maybe my new tires are wearing down.

I then traveled about 10 miles to one of the nicest, if not THE nicest, rest stops I've every come upon. Well, it has to be a bit more special because it boasts the Highest Point on Transcontinental I-80. There's a Monument honoring Abraham Lincoln because of the highway being named for him.

I liked the rest stop so much I stayed there two nights. One of the nicest things about it, there are separate RV parking areas and Semi-truck areas. That makes for quiet nights, and good sleeping. And at 8640 feet the temperatures were very pleasant. I was sort of in a holding pattern, waiting to enter Cheyenne for the Cheyenne Frontier Days WIN Gathering. I didn't want to arrive at the gathering spot too early and wear out my welcome, but I was anxious to get there, get parked and set up and take care of some much needed stuff.

One of the more unusual vehicles to stop at the Rest Stop.

I hung out at the cool, high altitude rest stop until about 5 PM Wednesday afternoon then drove the 50 or so miles, taking the back road, HWY 210, to Cheyenne. A few WINs had already arrived at the Cheyenne VFW Lodge parking area. I found a pretty good spot to park with a good view of the refinery and the train, then battened down the hatches for the impending storms heading our way.


At 3:16 PM, Blogger Diana said...

I'm going to make a note on that rest area-- it sounds like heaven! I really loved Cheyenne Days when I was there 3 years ago. All those cowboys!!! Have fun.

At 10:56 AM, Blogger Barbara and Ron said...

That rest stop does sound perfect - up there in the cool and quiet. You really are getting some good fuel mileage too.


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