Day 4 – Lonely Tree and Lincoln

More driving. 1000+ km goal for today and we made it shortly after dark. Trying to not drive after dark because the whole point of traveling by land is to see the different places and experience the environments but sometimes you just have to do it to get to a suitable sleeping spot.

Today we finished off Nebraska and climbed into Wyoming past all of the refineries and cattle. During the climb to Laramie the transmission started to run hot so we pulled over at the Tree Rock/Lone Tree to let it cool a little and so Chuck could see the tree and it’s story (see the attached pictures for details). Then a short while later we arrived at the highest point on the I-80 aka the Lincoln Highway at 8,640 feet (2,630 m) above sea level. Fun activity for your road trip, bring some bags of chips from our sea level provinces along to experience the puffiness the change in the air pressure causes. We had 2 of the 5 bags pop from the pressure. At the highest point there is a rest stop with a monument for President Lincoln where we took another break and enjoyed the mountains.

We finished the rest of Wyoming enjoying the rock formations especially around Rock Springs, Wyoming. Then the descent into Utah ending up in Salt Lake (avg elevation 4327 ft.) for the end of this leg of the trip. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we head into the salty goodness of Utah and should get to Reno tonight. See you all then.

About roycrawford

I'm a photographer working as an IT manager for Computers for Schools NB, a non-profit computer refurbishing organization.
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