Oregon Bound and Down... travel blog

Early morning leaving Green River

Up and over Sherman Pass at Laramie, WY; 8640'


Date: September 17, 2012

Tonight’s Location: Sidney, Nebraska

Mileage: End - 116838

Start - 116451

Total Miles for the day: 387

Weather: partly cloudy

Temperature: start 43º

High 63º

Wildlife count: Pronghorn Antelope, Prairie Dogs

Birds: Raven, Magpie, Meadowlark, Red-tail Hawk, American Robin, Canada Geese, Mourning Dove, Killdeer, House Sparrows, Mallard

We left Green River, WY around 8, driving through mostly flat southern Wyoming on I-80. One item of note was a steam engine, pulling a passenger train, which had several huge wheels turning. We wondered if it were some type of excursion – maybe Nan is on that train!

From experience, we remembered Sherman Pass just east of Laramie, a 1000+ climb to over 8640’. The amazing thing is that the land is flat once you arrive at the top, and there is almost no descent – it must be so gradual that we didn’t notice it. We HAD to descend, because here at Sidney, we are at 4300’!

We arrived here at 2:30 – we didn’t lose any time crossing a time zone today, and we are parked at the Cabela’s campground. It is quite nice and quiet. However, I think we can sleep just about anywhere!

We walked over to Cabela’s and browsed the store, and then drove into town to get fuel. At $4.04, we are the lowest diesel price since last spring, paying up to $4.45 on the coast. When we got back, we enjoyed happy hour and then walked around the Cabela’s pond to Perkin’s, for dinner. The pond held lots of Canada Geese, Mallards and some Killdeer. It is a very pleasant evening.

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