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02 September 2007

Tell me WY...(can't we get a decent cup of coffee?)

Near Fort Laramie, WY

DAY SIX: Torrington, WY to Cody, Wyoming (50 miles east of Yellowstone NP). Well. We are back in the West. Cowboy country. The true frontier. Boots 'n sh*t kickin'. And it feels DAMN FINE! Plus, there is something very comforting about being back in a region where having Washington State plates is not exotic. See, from here on out, the Seattle area is not far off (that whole still-hundreds-of-miles-through-Montana-and-Idaho thing is a mere triffle). We plan to treat ourselves to some of Yellowstone tomorrow to soak in the majesty of nature and then will head up to Montana. Madge has seemed to handle the ascents in elevation quite well (4,000+ feet) and we'll take it easy as we ascend even further and hit mountain passes.

A few pics from the road--I'm writing from our motel room in Cody, WY and our pepperoni pizza from 'Pizza on the Run' just arrived. "K" is outside the motel door sharing road stories with our neighbors in the next room. They are on a motorcyle trip cross-country and now seem to be enjoying their stogies on the stoop. Plus, it's time for some Crown Royal on the rocks and/or with Sprite.

Keep on commenting on the blog and we will do the same!

Somewhere crossing Nebraska, yesterday (Day Five): "Hey, does anyone know where I can get a thinga UDON NOODLES?"

This morning, in Torrington, WY: For Shannon--see, we DID find the chicken shack. They were closed last night but we couldn't leave town without getting a pic for you. And you were right, they did have the giant ice cream cone on top, sweet:

Road victims:

At the Fort Laramie National Historic Site (southeastern Wyoming)

Ladies and gentlemen, we have MOUNTAINS, and they are only the beginning (on US-26W)

Wyoming is full of quirkly things. I mean, what is NOT to love?

We happened upon the above his 'n hers (his 'n his? hers 'n hers?) biffy at the "Plains Motel and Trading Post"...Here, I ordered a 'steak sandwich', not realizing that it would be...

...a freaking SIDE of BEEF. I neither finished nor doggie-bagged it.

But you gotta love summer scenes like two kids over an ice cream (and then later taking off for who knows what adventure on their bikes)

Today's drive through Wyoming was HOT and therefore quite tiring. But I must say that the scents and silence of the land is truly something to be experienced. We crossed Oregon trail markers and scanned historical sites and areas of journeys past--and you just wonder how it was back in the day, with life on the plains for natives and newcomers alike. (Heck, I wonder what life out here in this godforesaken area is like NOW...)

Malt break in Shoshoni, WY. We then opted to take the northern route up towards Cody to get to Yellowstone tomorrow. The route was advertised as "THE FUN ROUTE" so what's not to love?

"Wait, don't put that one in--then they'll know we went to a CHAIN!" (or: it's kinda sad that McDonald's has the best coffee around. I think it is safe to say that we will be mainling espresso drinks once we get back to the land of too much good, strong coffee, where you can't swing a salmon without whacking a barista and/or coffee stand...

Our tractor antenna ornament purchased in Illinois is still going strong. Made in China, but it's QUALITY, oh yeah.

No work tomorrow and Meeteetse, WY was totally hoppin' at the country bar. And this was a real country bar-maybe there was a rodeo in town? Who cares. A man in Wranglers, boots and hat is always a welcome sight for the weary traveller, no?

See why we take the back roads? It's KINDA gorgeous out here.



At 03 September, 2007 09:11, Blogger psuacoustician said...

Fort Laramie... Oregon Trail... !!!!

At 03 September, 2007 14:25, Anonymous Kevin said...

Enjoy Yellowstone! I'm getting ahead of myself but if while in Montana you get the chance to visit Glacier National Park, it's amazing, though it would be pretty white knuckle taking a trailer up the Going to the Sun Road. It's probably too far north for you anyway. However, Bozeman isn't far off course from what I can tell, and you can probably get some pretty decent coffee there, it's an oasis of a university town. Home of Montana State, where Robert Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) taught, and some top-end audio shops (Headroom and Todd the Vinyl Junkie). Good luck crossing the divide!

At 04 September, 2007 01:01, Anonymous anne said...

Where were you standing when you took that amazing sunset picture? Holy cow. The summer sun lighting is so so nice and I'm digging the range of up close (RIP bugs!) and far away shots. This is a frigging treat to see. Can't wait to hear what music you put with it for a wee slideshow, and...I vote for making real slides so people can watch this with the lights out vs. standing around the computer. I'll provide the treats.

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At 04 September, 2007 07:36, Blogger tz said...

Holy cow those are some big bugs...DH and the kiddos thought it was pretty cool, I'm now itchy!


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