29 Days – 6,500 Miles – 19 States
7 National Parks
Several State Parks – 6,000+ Photos
1 Trillion Insects Squished by Car Windshield
From 108 Degrees to Snow
From 282 Feet Below Sea Level to 12,000+ Feet
Bison, Elk, Prairie Dogs, Lizards, Wild Horses
Elvis, Aliens, John Wayne Westerns
Walking In The Footsteps of Forrest Gump
LOVELAND, COLORADO TO NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA
PINE BLUFFS, WYOMING
At the last exit eastbound in Wyoming, we got off at Pine Bluffs to get on the Lincoln Highway (Rt 30).
We much prefer taking the 2-lane back roads rather than the interstates.
Mmmmm…… Tetraethyl Lead. (Not sold since 1976)
Final sale: $9.00 for 34 gallons. Those were the days!
There were other items lying around, like this old sewing machine.
And this old wringer washing machine.
Close-up of the wringer washer.
I’m going to have to drive out to Wyoming sometime so I can spend a day here looking through “stuff”.
In the meantime, we still have quite a way to go, so it’s back in the car. For now.
LINCOLN HIGHWAY – Rt 30
We pulled out of town and were now on the Lincoln Highway (Rt 30).
The Lincoln Highway is one the oldest transcontinental highways in the US. It opened in 1913 and runs 3,389 miles from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, California. It was America’s first national memorial to President Lincoln, predating the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. by 9 years.
It’s interesting to note that this road (along with other cross-country routes like the National Road Rt 40) was built in part on old wagon trails that became obsolete when the railroads offered much quicker transportation to the west. Then, 60-70 years later, many parts of these roads are nearly abandoned and used very little because the interstates supplanted them. Yet, some sections are still very busy.
Read more about the Lincoln Highway Rt 30 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Highway
We stopped at this roadside marker and found an interesting bit of history.
In the 2nd photo, you can see the trail going over the hill in the distance.
NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA
Tonight, we are staying at North Platte, located near the center of Nebraska.
From there, we checked into our hotel for the night. Tired, but our tummies were full.
Hope you enjoyed riding with us today. Please join us tomorrow as we visit our old home near Offutt AFB (1996-1999).
Mileage Today: 284 Miles
Trip Total: 5,063 Miles