Grand Tetons to Cheyenne, WY
08.16.2010 - 08.16.2010 78 °F
Hey Dudes and Dudettes!
Well we left the Tetons around 7:45 AM (MST) and headed southeast to Cheyenne, WY. A distance of 413 miles. I will tell that without a doubt the biggest expense on this trip is the fuel. We are getting about 13 miles per gallon and so far have traveled 3600 plus miles. The average cost of fuel is around $2.76. You can do the math. It adds up really quickly and is not over yet.
We arrived at our stopover (F.E. Warren Air Force Base) at around 4:30 P.M. (MST) and got our camper setup just in time before a thunderstorm hit big time. This storm has been chasing us since Rawlings, WY. This is actually the first rain we have seen during the day since leaving Dryden on July 31st. We have been very lucky. We've had rain during the night on 2 occassions. The first was in Dayton, OH. That night a extreme thunderstorm surprized us during the night with a lightening show to beat the band. My wife, the lovely Diane, was scared, so scared she jumped out of our little bed and went to stand over by the bathroom door. A total distance of about 6 feet away from the bed. I was laughing so hard looking at her and wondering what the difference 6 feet was going to do if a lighening bolt had stuck our bed. She evens laughs about now, but then it wasn't funny for her at all. Just one of the little stories that happened on our trip.
The trip today started with a disappearing view of the Grand Tetons and took us through the Wind River Canyon again, but then turn us down Rt 287 (WY) which is the Chief Washaki Trail. This road takes us through the Wind River reservation and is the seventh largest indian reservation consisting 2.2 million acres and is the home of Eastern Shoshone & Northern Arapaho Indians. The view is of rolling hills, some mountains, but virtually no trees. The land is covered with scrub grass and priare grasses. Once we reached Rawlings, WY the ground flatten out and you could see for miles and miles. We have been told that our trip tomorrow will be basically flat all the way to Omaha, NE. There we will begin to see dairy lands with cows grazing.
Today we had a black black cross our road in the Wind River Canyon and a few miles down the road we saw a Momma bear and 2 cubs playing out in the field.
I will post a few last pictures of the Grand tetons and some of the trip today.