Sunday, August 7
Trip Start Jun 12, 2005
41Trip End Aug 2005
What a day this has been - it is so good to be back in the heartland! This morning we participated in 8am Mass at St Margaret's in Riverton, Wyoming. What an experience! It was very obviously a predominately Irish community and the visiting priest was on vacation - from where else, Ireland! It was a memorable experience. After Mass we (several couples from church) adjourned to the Trailhead Family Restaurant where we not only enjoyed a good meal, it was reasonably priced. This was about the first since we left home just over eight weeks ago. Did you know we began our journey on Saturday, June 11 and it is now eight weeks and two days later?
After breakfast we filled the truck with gas and headed east on highway 26. Once again the Wyoming scenery was outstanding. What a beautiful country we live in! The prairie was barren but it was magnificent. The buttes were beyond description and the clouds and the distant mountains were once again (what else) magnificent. As we continued east we passed ranches and even open range, but from time to time we saw more irrigation of grasslands and as we got further east even some beet fields and at least one or two bean fields.
After about two hours we were on I-25 but with the increased traffic our travel speed did not increase much. For a while we circled around some weather until, about the time we left I-25 and turned east on US highway 26, we caught a couple of good wind gusts and a few rain showers. I soon outran the weather and we were on our way to our personal milestone - Nebraska! We were back in our "home" state (and one of our favorite areas) the panhandle of western Nebraska. We quickly covered the 35 miles or so to Scottsbluff (actually Gering, a small community to the south of Scottsbluff) where Pat spent several summers as a young girl, visiting her uncle Will and aunt Lucy.
We found a very good RV park, perhaps one of the best yet, on the fringe of Gering, just a mile or two from the Scottsbluff National Monument. When we checked in we were given a grocery sack full of brochures on the area and after looking at a few of them we decided that we would spend the morning seeing the local historical sights. The Oregon Trail is only a stones throw from here and they say the wagon ruts are still visible!
I will tell you what we decided to see in tomorrows report. I think that we will try to make it to Sidney (and Cabela's National Headquarters) tomorrow afternoon.