According to Google Maps, today’s route was 379 Miles, and it should have taken us 7 hours and 12 minutes. We took our time though, with a nice stop for lunch by a river, and dinner at a park in the city of Casper. Our time was 11 hours. We were almost always on backroads today, more spectacular scenery, starting with a close up view of the Grand Tetons. The goal was to push eastward as fas as possible, and we ended up in a tiny town called Wright, Wyoming. Staying here at the local RV park, which is nothing to write home about, but serves the purpose. We would have just found a roadside spot if there were any, but this is not that kind of place, so we took the in-town option.
Route map for today
Jackson, Wyoming – Antler arch made from real elk antlers.
Are we there yet? – VIDEO
Roadside lunch by a river
Our lunch breaks have been amazing, so far
Always do a safety check before you leave – VIDEO.
Not the best overnight location we’ve had, but it works
Tomorrow we are heading up through the Black Hills National Forest, and onto I-90, the main East-West freeway on the northern route that takes us over to Chicago. After all the backroads, we’re not looking forward to the interstate freeways, but the choices become more slim in the Midwest. We’ll see what we can do.
Day 3: Wednesday July 27th, 2011
Had a fantastic night visiting Mark and Tara, followed by a hearty home made breakfast. It was an incredible, beautiful morning as we pulled out of Boise at 11:30am. Followed I-84 for a short time before taking backroads all the way (hence our own private Idaho) to Wilson, Wyoming, which is just next to Jackson Hole. Stunning scenery all day today and it just got better and better all the way. Early in the day we passed the Craters Of The Moon national park, which is a large area of lava flows that make a stark landscape. Here’s the route we took today:
Update: Here are some photos, finally uploaded from the camera.
Our hosts in Boise, Mark and Tara, check out the RV
Mark and Tara’s place
Roadside lunch with a view
Climbing into the foothills on the way to Wyoming
The road to Jackson, Wyoming. We took the less travelled route.
Goodbye Idaho, hello Wyoming
Day 2: July 26th
Arrived in Boise, ID. Late start again and a long day (8 hours) driving. We figured out we are making 6 miles per gallon, not great. Kids survived the long day and were glad to get to Boise. Great to arrive in the welcoming home of our friends Mark and Tara.
Reno downtown through a bug-splattered windshield.
Salt lake in remote Nevada.
Typical Nevada driving after leaving Reno
Clouds in south west Oregon
Lunch in Winnemucca, Nevada – VIDEO
Goodbye Nevada, Hello Oregon
Day 1: July 25th
Departed Redwood City on the scheduled day, although very late. We actually began the day in Santa Cruz, went to the Bay Area to tidy up a few loose ends and by 3pm we headed out of town on the most direct route to Reno, where we stayed with our friend Cathy.
Update: 27 July. Here’s one extra photo from this leg.
Breakfast at Cathy & Jim’s home.
Some photos from the farewell party. More to come.