Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Day 34: Rawlins, Wyoming to Ogallala, Nebraska

Depart Rawlins at 06:10 eastbound on I-80. We struggle in the sunrise negotiating lengthy roadworks. We stop at the Wagonhound rest area in the Medicine Bow Mountains. We reach Laramie and take coffee at The Grounds, a newly-opened shop downtown, free wi-fi. Back on the highway we climb to Sherman Hill Summit at an elevation of 8,640 feet, the highest point on the Interstate system.
In Cheyenne we shop at three thrift stores before crossing the border into Nebraska. We reach Kimball for lunch at Greg's Grub and I choose Chicken Hobo Pocket, chicken and veggies cooked in foil with salad, which turns out to be the best meal of the tour at $6. We take Hwy 30, the old Lincoln Highway, a two-lane road that runs through the small towns alongside the Union Pacific railroad. We check out the antique store at Potter, and other shops along the highway at Lodgepole and Chappell.
We reach Ogallala and shop for grocery at Sunmart at 17:15. We check in at the Best Western Stagecoach off I-80.

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