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Road Trip to Cali: Day Two (Pt.2)

Part Two: Wyoming/Utah – Arguably Better than Nebraska

(Continued from Day Two, Pt.1)

After a haul through Nebraksa, we finally hit Wyoming.

Proof: Wyoming welcome sign

Proof: Wyoming welcome sign

Shortly after entering Wyoming we also hit our halfway point – a relief.

Halfway!

Halfway!

And shortly after the halfway point we also started seeing some really awesome mountains in the distance. A lot happened in a short amount of time for us, which was a welcome change.

Distant mountains in Wyoming.

Distant mountains in Wyoming.

Trucks for scale?

Trucks for scale?

Forty-five minutes into Wyoming and we topped out our altitude at something like 8500 feet above sea level. While we were up in the air, we stopped for some Arby’s in Cheyenne. It gave us a chance to stretch our legs, check on the cats, and get gas in the sparcest air either of us had been it. (To be honest, we didn’t notice anything amiss.) We switched so D could drive.

"The Big D"

“The Big D”…Aha, there it is.

Then we started to hit the good stuff. Scenery kind of just exploded.

Or horses for scale?

Horses for scale?

Some huge mountain

Some huge mountain

'Murica, you so beautiful

‘Murica, you so beautiful

Pretty awesome

Pretty awesome

Things started getting more sandy/less snowy at one point.

Things started getting more sandy/less snowy at some point.

It was a welcome change after all the plains. You know what wasn’t a welcome change?

Grrreeeeaaattt...

Grrreeeeaaattt…

Yeah, we get it.

“Strong Wind Possible”. Yeah, we get it.

35+ MPH winds were eating all our gas mileage and making vehicle control pretty difficult. Since the speed limits out there are all 75/80MPH, controlling your fully laden, speeding car while wind blasts it from pretty much every angle got a bit tiring. This went on for the remainder of our trip through Wyoming (and got worse in Utah where they upped it to a 50+ MPH wind advisory.) It appeared that Wyomingites were taking full advantage of all of the wind advisories, though. There were windmills everywhere that went on for MILES.

Lemme get dat power, tho.

Lemme get dat power, tho.

A brief respite from the wind was also one of the coolest parts of the trip: I got to drive through a tunnel in a mountain!

Ohhh my gosh, here it comes!

Ohhh my gosh, here it comes!

It was the highlight of my day, for sure. The highlight of Darin’s, however, was probably our rapid decent into Salt Lake City. We switched drivers towards the border, where I got a horribly-timed and incredibly-blurry shot of the Utah welcome sign.

Welcobewklgnwl to Uthghghhh

Welcobewklgnwl to Uthghghhh

We entered Utah at roughly 6500 feet elevation, and spent the next half hour rapidly dropping about 2200 feet towards Salt Lake City…in the dark. Darin wasn’t thrilled, although I was able to get a neat shot of another beautiful sunset before we went spiraling down Utah’s maw.

Utah sunsets are nice, too.

Utah sunsets are nice, too.

We passed through Park City on our way down, and it was the most adorable little chalet town (from what we could tell – it was pretty dark). We both decided it was the cutest part of Day Two. Then we arrived in Salt Lake City, which was way bigger than either of us imagined, and we settled in at a Holiday Inn Express. (By the way, if you’re travelling with animals I cannot recommend PetsWelcome.com enough.) The cats got crazy for a bit, we checked some emails, then we passed out, ready for our trip to be over the next day.

Scenery Rating: 10 (Points for mountains, Dix, Park City, and DRIVING THROUGH A MOUNTAIN.)
Driveability Rating: 8 (Score reduced for wind, omg.)

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Road Trip to Cali: Day Two (Pt.1)

Part One: Nebraska – Full of Dix
(Note: Apologies for the late updates. We’re drowning in boxes and have been super busy!)

Day two of our road trip began in Nebraska (at Grand Island, if you remember) and had us travelling the remainder of Nebraska and all of Wyoming, ending in Salt Lake City, Utah. According to our GPS, it was going to be an exciting day travelling on a single road for 771 miles.

Take the I-80 until your eyes bleed!

Take the I-80 until your eyes bleed!

After a quick buffet breakfast at the hotel we set off into the Nebraksa morning. Nothing happened for a long time. We did pass underneath this exotic archway, though, which commemorated the pioneers who first “went west”. It was The Great Platte River Road Archway. Pretty cool stuff. (As with any of the pics on here, click to see it bigger.)

From 1843 to 1869, nearly half a million men, women and children rode and walked the trails to the West Coast.

From 1843 to 1869, nearly half a million men, women and children rode and walked the trails to the West Coast.

After the archway there again were great stretches of nothing, and we eventually ran low on gas. Luckily, in the expanse of the great plains lay an oasis of Dix.

Getting off at Dix.

Getting off at Dix.

We drove hard into Dix and to find their gas station. (It wasn’t difficult – there were like 10 buildings.) Then we got to pumping in Dix.

Dix doesn't accept credit cards, but they're working on it.

Dix doesn’t accept credit cards, but they’re working on it.

Pumping

Pumping

Derping in Dix

Derping in Dix

A little bit more of Dix

A little bit more of Dix

The temperature of Dix

The temperature of Dix


The road back to I-80

The road back to I-80

Once we’d had our fill of Dix jokes we headed back to the I-80 for more and more and more miles.

One thing we noticed while on our trip west was a LOT of trains. Really, really long trains. (One of them ran through Dix while we were there.)

One train out of many.

One train out of many.

Another thing of note: In case you’ve ever wondered where the Cabela’s World Headquarters was or what it looked like – suprise! It’s in Nebraska and looks like this:

Cabela's World Headquarters (Nebraska?! Really?)

Cabela’s World Headquarters (Nebraska?! Really?)

Until we were nearing the border with Wyoming, nothing else was interesting. Then there was a bit of scenery. This seems to be the case – most states only get cool at the edges. It resulted in many “Wow, this state is going to be awesome!” comments followed an hour or two later by “Jesus, who would live here?”.

The nicest part of Nebraksa?

The nicest part of Nebraksa?

The happiest I looked in Nebraska (except for when I saw Dix).

The happiest I looked in Nebraska (except for when I saw Dix).

After a long haul through Nebraska and a brief respite with Dix, we hit the Nebraska/Wyoming border. Post incoming shortly.

(To be continued…in Day Two, Pt.2 later today.)

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