We left Evanston WY heading West on the Old Lincoln, now known as Wasatach Road. A short distance out of town we could see an old bridge out in the middle of a field. I suspect it is left over from an earlier alignment of the Lincoln.
This road ended at I 80. We are now in Utah and we were forced onto the Interstate. The original Lincoln Highway is underneath I 80
The scenery through here is amazing as we climb and descend through the mountains. We drove past Castle Rock UT.
More fabulous scenery between Castle Rock and Echo Utah.
We stopped at the I 80 Echo UT Information Center and hiked up a trail for a view of the Interstate and the train tracks below. A train passes through here every 20 minutes or so.
We got off the Interstate for a short while and went in search of the Devil’s Slide. We weren't sure quite where this was, google maps said it was in one location, streets and trips said it was somewhere else. We had the co-ordinates so after some driving around, I punched the co-ordinates into the Garmin GPS and it took us right there. This was worth finding. The slide is several hundred feet in length. The sides are granite and whatever rock was down the middle was a softer rock and it has eroded away creating what looks like a slide.
After the Devil’s Slide we headed for the Lincoln Highway town of Coalville UT
There are several old buildings of note in this town. The Summit Mercantile, The old Court House and The Boyden Block.
As we left Coalville UT heading West we found a Lincoln Highway sign marking the road.
It wasn’t to long before we had no option but to get back onto the Interstate. I will say that the drive from Coalville through Wanship and Kimball Junction and on into Salt Lake City was a very scenic mountain experience. The Interstate twist and turns as it hugs the mountain slopes and drops dramatically down into Salt Lake City. Here are a few photos, but I will publish them all on my Flickr site.
When we arrived in Salt Lake City, the first thing we had to do was find the nearest Baskin Robbins. Karen has been on a mission since we left Ontario 12 days ago to find a Baskin Robbins that serves her favourite flavour Chocolate Fudge. None of the Baskin Robbins we have stopped at along the way have had this flavour, until now. Finally after 4030 KM of driving and a dozen or so Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Shops, we have finally arrived at one that does serve Chocolate Fudge. Here is Karen with her ice cream. Two cups, one for her and one for me.
We got checked into our hotel, and then we walked 3 blocks to Temple Square. Brigham Young and his followers left Illinois sometime in the mid 1800’s and trekked across the country to this location in Salt Lake City and this is where the Mormon’s settled. We just drove here from Illinois and it took us 11 days in a car, I kind of get a sense of how easy a trip we had compared to what they must have experienced. It is 100 degrees outside and walking the three blocks from our hotel to Temple Square was nothing compared to what they had to endure day after day probably month after month with only what they could cart in their wagons. Here are a few photos of The Salt Lake Temple, the rest of the photos are on my Flickr Site.
Tomorrow we are heading for Wendover Utah.
To see all of our photos from today you can click on the link to my FLICKR Site.