Get water where you can. This was the only one we could reach
The morning starts off well enough. Dump stations and fresh water are always a welcome site when every fluid you use or expel is carried with your home. This becomes exceptionally lucky when it strikes for free. Our route carries us further westward as we roll into the tiny town of Pine Bluff. There stands mother Mary in all of her glory. Penny swings left and we give this statue a moment of our time. Her crisp white figure contrasts against the Wyoming sky.
Back to the interstate as the freight train travels west. I see the speed limit raise to 80mph and I crack a smile at Katie. “Let’s she what she’s got” is the phrase I let roll off my tongue while simultaneously pushing down on the loud pedal. “It’s not safe. Nobody needs to do 80 mph” is the reply I get. Not even a mile passes and we see the burnt carnage of a rolled semi on the opposite side. Okay… I’ll give her this one.
Cheyenne lies in the path of our destination. Some quick google searches show us that there are a few cool things to be seen here. There is the governor's mansion that was built at the turn of the 20th century, and the Wyoming State Museum.
Historic governor's mansion circa 1904
Wyoming State museum. More free awesomness
Penny is raring to go as we hit I-80 west. This is the big moment I have been anticipating with trepidation. Our gas RV has proven itself up to the challenge so far, but this my friends, this is the first real test. Cheyenne is at just over 6,000 ft in elevation and only 20 miles down the road we need to crest Sherman’s summit. It’s blowing a steady 23 mph headwind/ crosswind with gusts up to 28. Penny downshifts out of overdrive as I flip the toggle switch to let her keep the revs up. We cruise along at 3,200 rpm and 60 mph with only a few dips in speed. Just shy of the summit I have a break down. I don’t mean Penny. I mean me. This body isn’t made for dry climates and altitude. Blood starts dripping from my nose as we near 8,600 feet and the trip downhill is nearly in site.
With all the excitement out of the way we still need to find home. It’s getting late and there is no time to lose. This time freecampsites.net takes us out to Dugway Rec area. A beautiful piece of BLM land that is just begging for people to enjoy. What a way to end our first day back in Wyoming. This picturesque place is what traveling dreams are made of.