Here is our route for today.
Today we will start off the day by driving on I 80. I know… this is not the original Lincoln Highway, but just West of Rock Springs on the Interstate is a double tunnel running through the mountain. That should be worth seeing. Before arriving at the tunnels, we saw some very interesting rock formations. Karen was kept busy photographing while I drove. There is no stopping on the Interstate to get out and take photos.
Here are the I 80 Twin Tunnels at Green River Wyoming.
After the twin tunnels, we got off the Interstate and found what is known as the second generation 1940’s Lincoln Highway. First stop was Toll Gate Rock, a very interesting rock.
Further West of Green River, along the Lincoln Highway we found this old abandoned gas station.
What happened next was very startling as a pronghorn suddenly came up out of the ditch and ran across the road about 10 feet in front of our car. I hit the brakes and managed to avoid slamming into the beast. It all happened so quick, and it ended well, but it could have put a damper on our vacation. About 100 yards further along the road we came to this sign… maybe it should have been posted back down the road so that we would have had fair warning.
Of course there is no photo of the actual pronghorn encounter, it all happened so quick, but this is the photo that was taken just prior to the pronghorn encounter, and we were driving along at about 50 mph.
Here is the sign that we saw 100 yards past where we met the pronghorn.
Ya, ok, we will start watching….
Next up was the ghost town of Bryan Wyoming. Nothing here but ghosts. There was quite a settlement of 5000 inhabitants back in the mid to late 1800’s I can’t see anything remaining today. The train tracks still remain and by coincidence a train was heading Westward while I was taking these photos.
As we were approaching Lyman Wyoming, we could see snow capped mountains off in the distance. Something about 29 C temperatures outside the car and snow off in the distance is luring me to take photos.
In Lyman WY on the Lincoln Highway we found John’s Diamond Bar, however there is a small sign over the door proclaiming this place to be Ted’s Bar. Before this was ever John’s Diamond Bar, this used to be a service station on the Lincoln.
We found a Lincoln Highway Concrete Marker just West of Lyman WY and then we pulled into the Fort Bridger Museum. They have a small Lincoln Highway display that we will check out.
There are too many photos of the Museum both inside and outside to post here on the blog, so if you are interested head over to my FLICKR site where I have all of the photos posted.
After leaving the Museum, we continued along the 1940’s Lincoln Highway, it is now a dirt and gravel road. We pass through another wind generation plant. This is the Mountain Wind Project of Fort Bridger Wyoming. We enjoy stopping and watching the blades turning and I think they make good photo subjects. Here I was able to combine two photo subjects, the wind turbines and the snow capped mountains in the background.
One of the arguments against these wind turbines in someones backyard has been that they disturb the wildlife. These sheep don’t seem to be disturbed at all.
I think a couple of the sheep must have escaped because we found these two further West along the road.
The Lincoln Highway came to an end and we were forced back onto the Interstate to continue our drive to our hotel this evening in Evanston Wyoming.
Evanston WY is proud of its Lincoln Highway roots and they have banners along the sides of the road. Also there are 2 Lincoln Highway Concrete Markers in town that we found.
We also found the Evanston Hotel, The Sunset Camp Cabins and The Prairie Inn.
It took a bit of searching but we eventually found Pete’s Rock & Rye Club. Long abandoned and really starting to be overgrown. A great Ghost Sign.
We had dinner this evening at the Bear Town Restaurant. After dinner there was Cherry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream for me and Pecan Pie for Karen. She really wanted to have the Chocolate Mint cake, but they were all out.
Tomorrow we are going to cross over into Utah where we will spend a night in Salt Lake City Utah.
To see all of our photos from today you can click on this link to my FLICKR site.