Abiquiu, NM

Abiquiu, NM
36.228336 -106.395991

8.31.2013

Like a Horse to the Barn

After another Walmart night in Rock Springs, WY, I am headed west with the rising sun.

What are the white things on the horizon?


Along with all the well heads littered across the landscape, Wyoming has many wind farms. Wyoming has 1,412 megawatts of wind generating capacity. 

849 miles to San Jose.


The long long road home


Bonneville Salt Flats

646 miles to home

mile after mile of construction.

Tonight I am at my friend Cliff's place in Carson City, NV


8.28.2013

Laramie

I made it to Laramie today.


It is so exciting to see real mountains on the horizon.


Camped at  beautiful La Bonte park. (41.32197, -105.58812)

Wyoming Territorial Prison

Three years after Wyoming became a territory in 1869, the territorial prison began incarcerating the men and women of the Wyoming Territory. Butch Cassidy was a guest. It was closed in 1903 when a new prison opened in Rawlins. During these years, 1,063 malicious and desperate convicts walked through the iron doors and occupied the cells.


The warden's 6 room house




I didn't do it! I'm innocent.



The warden's office





The cells in the south cell block are smaller, so hammocks were used to save space.

The larger cells in the north cell block had bunk beds. 



For most of the prisoners, prison ment having regular baths and clean cloths for the first time in their life.


The guards observation bay.


The guards quarters and some tools of the trade




Medical care.



8.27.2013

Westward Ho


Hwy 80 across Nebraska. My heading 270 degrees true


:)  Something familiar, print trees.

Definitely in the west now.  1245 miles to San Jose

 Cheyenne



The Cheyenne Train Depot completed in 1887 was self proclaimed to be the most beautiful train depot in America. It is now the visitor's center.


End of the trail. I have had a wonderful time traveling with Adelle and Paul for the past 10 months.  Adelle will head home to Idaho and Paul to Reno. 

The cowboy boots are Cheyenne's civic art project. They are all over town. 


We are taking a free carriage ride around historic Cheyenne. 


Our driver is a life long resident of Cheyenne.


The First Methodist Church was dedicated in 1871

This mansion was built in 1888 by Erasmus Nagle for $50,000. Carpenters working on the house earned $0.25 per day. It is now a lovely bed and breakfast.





Camped at the VFW in Cheyenne. (41.13141, -104.78343)  Looks like rain.


Yep, rain. It really cooled things down.

and a rainbow


8.23.2013

Nebraska

The pictures say it all. Thank God for my audio books. 


It's a long long road. My compass is frozen on west.


Playing nice with the 18 wheelers


Four more states to cross. 1697 miles to go.



Another Walmart tonight. (40.85923, -96.68006)