On the Oregon Trail...
Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
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Before I left Douglas, I had visited a charming museum, Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum, worth every minute of your time. This is where the tipi from 'Dancing with Wolves' is exhibited (I'll post a photo although it didn't turn out too good). Almost next door is the 'Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center'
Actually, driving on the interstate in this part of the country with limited traffic volumes is not too bad. But I soon got off I-25 and headed west towards Lusk. A thundershower was looming around Manville, and I drove right through it. Heading south along county 270 I suddenly saw a sign 'Guernsey State Park' and decided to go in. State parks are located in scenic areas and have the fundamental facilities for a camper. I drove six-seven miles and found an excellent site to set up camp. It had a little 'No Tents'-sign which I chose to ignore. The long arm of the law probably did not reach that far out. And, besides, there was no one else besides me in the huge park. There was enough firewood for another night of looking into the cloudless sky and admiring the total silence around me.
The next morning as I ate breakfast at the site ONE car passed on the road above. Miss GPS told me to go in the same direction, although there had been a sign at the park entrance that the road was closed. I decided to follow the car and Miss GPS and ended up in front of a big 'ROAD CLOSED'-sign at the Guernsey Dam
I stopped at Fort Laramie, had a root beer and a birch beer (both non-alcoholic) in the fort's original soldiers' bar, so I was well equipped for the drive to Cheyenne in 105 F sunshine. In Cheyenne, after several attempts in vain, I managed to find a good campground, reasonably far away from highway noise. I now look forward to experiencing what Cheyenne has to offer the weary traveller.