Eric White

Joined April 2018
  • Day18

    Continental Divide II (?)

    May 8, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 68 °F

    We were both super confused when hundreds of miles further along we passed another continental divide sign. What is going on? Divide means two parts, right? How can there be two divides and three sections?

    We had to look it up-turns out we just passed through a large elevated desert basin between Rawlins and Rock Springs, where all the water collects and none runs out to the west or east (it all pools into ponds and evaporates). Because of this, the Continental Divide is considered to split into two sections and run around this basin. Weird!Read more

  • Day18

    Continental Divide

    May 8, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Here outside of Rawlins, WY we passed the Continental Divide. From here on out all rivers run to the west! Lots of free roaming cattle and horses here, and we’ve seen some sheep herds too. Wyoming used to be primarily sheep ranching but now the cattle outnumbers them by a ton.

  • Day18

    Heading West

    May 8, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 61 °F

    Today is a big driving day for us! We’ve got to drive all the way through Wyoming, across the northern part of Utah, and into Nevada. Leaving out of the Cheyenne/Laramie area we were excited to see a friendly motor home! It was the same manufacturer and model as ours, just a couple feet shorter. We haven’t seen many like our so that was fun!

    So far Wyoming is a beautiful & rustic cowboy state with rolling hills, sagebrush, free range cattle and tons of wild pronghorn antelope herds.
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  • Day17

    Laramie

    May 7, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 66 °F

    We spent our time in Laramie cruising the historic district (smaller than Cheyenne but cute), driving the University of Wyoming campus, and looking at the wealthy neighborhoods with newer homes. We pulled over to go into War Memorial stadium, which holds 29,000 visitors. This would be a fun place to watch a football game!Read more

  • Day17

    Driving to Laramie

    May 7, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 64 °F

    After our trolley tour we took our truck and drove out to see Laramie. On the way we took a couple detours.

    We love watching this show called Aerial America, which shows different states and regions and their local attractions and natural wonder from an aerial view. We watched several episodes before this trip to get ideas of what would be fun to see! One of the sights was the Ames monument, a fantastically expensive monument that was build by the Union Pacific railroad to memorialize the contribution that the Ames brothers made to planning and funding the transcontinental railroad. No mention was made that on many accounts they are considered to have swindled the American people out of tons of money. The monument once sat alongside the railroad, but the tracks were moved and now it’s on a dirt road.

    Next we drove through Buford, smallest town in the country (population 1). It is also the highest town situated on I-80 (8,000 feet).

    Next up was the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Monument, situated at the highest point that I80 traverses across the country (8,640 feet). The location also holds a tribute to Henry Joy, President of the Packard Motor Company. Together these two men created the first road that united our country, the Lincoln Highway (opened 1913).
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  • Day17

    Trolley Tour

    May 7, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    Spontaneously we decided to buy tickets for the historic trolley tour (first open day of the year) and we were definitely glad we did! Our tour guide did a great job of outlining the historic roots of the town and the evolution through the years. The tour read like a good book detailing the escapades of cowboys, lawmen, cattle rustlers, and more. The town has done a great job preserving and restoring many historic buildings (although its shocking how frequently severe fires ripped through these old towns taking out many buildings).

    In July the town holds Frontier Days, an annual rodeo and Wild West celebration held in July. The rodeo itself sounds epic, and the town holds special tours, staged shoot-em-ups in town, and an old frontier town. As you can imagine, the celebration draws in 200,000 people! It must be absolutely crazy to see.
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  • Day17

    Cheyenne

    May 7, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 72 °F

    We pulled into Cheyenne last night and found our RV Park. We plan on exploring Cheyenne and Laramie today and get back on the freeway tomorrow.

    Cheyenne is a cute town of about 60,000 that was founded when the Union Pacific started building the railroad through the area. Next the cattle barons moved into town and started ranching. It sounds like it definitely deserves its Wild West reputation!

    We ate brunch at the R&B cafe which is decorated throughout with Elvis memorabilia. Best breakfast burrito I think I’ve ever had!
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  • Day16

    I80 in Nebraska

    May 6, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    The interstate in Nebraska is not the most interesting view. It’s pretty with fields of greens and red barns, but not a lot of variety. This huge arch was advertising a Visitor’s Center in some little town.

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