Thursday, April 4, 2024

2024 Road Trip - Day 24 SLC UT to Cheyenne WY

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Departure 7:45
Weather lots of sunshine SLC 8C dropped to -1C and then was 13C in Cheyenne
Arrival 3:30 after picking up groceries
States Utah - Wyoming

2 gas/bathroom breaks and groceries in Laramie

Today is a long driving day, 7 hours, they get shorter after that. This is also a boring drive with lots of ups and downs, changing elevation constantly.

In Wyoming, I-80 reaches its maximum elevation of 8,640 feet (2,630 m) above sea level at Sherman Summit, near Buford, which, at 8,000 feet (2,400 m), is the highest community on I-80. Farther west in Wyoming, the Interstate passes through the dry Red Desert and over the Continental Divide. In a way, the highway crosses the Divide twice, since two ridges of the Rocky Mountains split in Wyoming, forming the endorheic Great Divide Basin, from which surface water cannot drain but can only evaporate.

Interstate 80 (I-80) is an east–west transcontinental freeway that crosses the United States from downtown San Francisco, California, to Teaneck, New Jersey, in the New York metropolitan area. The highway was designated in 1956 as one of the original routes of the Interstate Highway System; its final segment was opened in 1986. The second-longest Interstate Highway in the United States after I-90, it runs through many major cities, including Oakland, Sacramento, Reno, Salt Lake City, Omaha, Des Moines, and Toledo and passes within 10 miles (16 km) of Chicago, Cleveland, and New York City.I-80 is the Interstate Highway that most closely approximates the route of the historic Lincoln Highway, the first road across the United States. The highway roughly traces other historically significant travel routes in the Western United States: the Oregon Trail across Wyoming and Nebraska, the California Trail across most of Nevada and California, the first transcontinental airmail route, and the route of the first transcontinental railroad, except for the vicinity of the Great Salt Lake.

Traffic was heavy leaving SLC and through Park City, It doesn't help that you are driving into the sun as you go east.

Not much radio choice, but funny enough, the religious stations come through.

Welcome to Wyoming. 

Little America for a bathroom and breakfast break, we've never seen these before. They are all inclusive, gas, food, shopping, motel stops. It was spotless!

Knives for sale.

The Green River Tunnel is a 1,138.2-foot (346.9 m) vehicular tunnel that carries Interstate 80 (Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway)/U.S. Route 30 through a rock ridge in Green River, Wyoming.

Flipped over on side road.

We stopped in Laramie for groceries before reaching Cheyenne.

The Lincoln Monument is a bust of Abraham Lincoln by Robert Russin, 12+1⁄2 feet (3.8 m) high and resting on a 30-foot-tall (9.1 m) granite pedestal, at the Summit Rest Area on Interstate 80 east of Laramie, Wyoming. Russin originally erected the sculpture in 1959 nearby on Sherman Hill, overlooking the old U.S. Highway 30 (Lincoln Highway). In 1969, after Interstate 80 was built, state officials moved the monument to become a centerpiece at the Summit Rest Area and Visitor Center between the cities of Cheyenne and Laramie.

Checked in and put our feet up, dinner was cheeses, meats and crackers.


  1. So different to our road trips in Australia, but very interesting, too! Dinner sounds familiar ;-)


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