Hank and Marilyn Coast to Coast 2017 travel blog

Today was a day of transition and preparation. The first stage of our Fantastic Journey is completed. We have left the Oregon Trail. After Fort Laramie and the Gurnsey Ruts, the Trail continues up across Wyoming and lower Idaho. We covered only a third of the Trail, the 'easy' part. Ahead were mountain rivers and high passes, with the threat of early snows and freezing cold. But that part of the journey will be for another time. We have left the Trail for another time of discovery.

We now begin a month of visiting the great National Parks in this part of our country. Tomorrow we will enter Rocky Mountain National Park, and beyond that is Arches, Mesa Verde, Bryce, Zion, Death Valley, Yosemite, Sequoia, and finally the great Grand Canyon. We expect to be overwhelmed by the grandeur.

Travel today was swift (80 mph) and short (100 miles). The mountains are not far away, but the haze is terrible. Visibility was only 1-3 miles most of the time. Wyoming has lots of open spaces, with cattle and horse ranches as far as the eye could see. Road traffic increased as we entered Colorado. We crossed I-80 and US 30 (the Lincoln Highway) north of Fort Collins. We hear on The Weather Channel of these great highways being closed due to snow storms. Here at every interchange there are gates to close when the road is impassible.

We have been warned of night time temperatures in the 40s in RMNP. We have our tent. We also have warm clothes (we came prepared). And we bought cold-weather sleeping bags, and have a blanket and a comforter. Bring it on!! We are ready (we think). We expect warm and pleasant days (no rain in the forecast) and cool nights. We have a camp stove for hot meals and we have plenty of food. And – civilization is just down the hill. We are not hiking the back country.

So today we are in Fort Collins, getting hair cuts, buying food, washing clothes, organizing our suitcases and supplies and preparing our hearts and souls. Thank you for supporting us on this adventure.

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