It's a big country...

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
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KOA campground, Douglas

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yesterday I drove back from Devils Tower to Newcastle, Wyoming.  I then decided to head first west and then south to see some of the Wyoming grassland.  Out of Newcastle Miss GPS said:  'Continue 67 miles!'  At the end of the 67 miles, and now heading south towards Douglas, Wyoming, she issued a new instruction:  'Continue 72 miles!'  Within three hours I had driven two-thirds the length of my own country and only seen grass, herds of cattle, a beautiful blue sky, and a few cars and trucks.  The 'Texas trail' went through this region.  Also the 'Pony Express' in 1861-62 which was eclipsed by the telegraph in 1862.  By the way, in addition to cattle breeding, Wyoming is also a large coal producer; 40% of the nation's electricity is produced with Wyoming coal.  
I'm currently in Douglas, the 72nd best of the 100 best small towns of America, and this morning saw the Pioneer Museum - a remarkable collection of Western items (incl. the original tipi from the movie 'Dancing with Wolves' - you will see the photo in my next column) and other stuff related to the region.  Douglas was home to a prisoner-of-war camp during WWII with 10,000 German and Italian soldiers.  Some of the expressed them opinion that they had never had it better!
The KOA WiFi did not work - at least not for me - so I've sought refuge at McDonalds, so far always a dependable provider.  When I'm finished here, I'll head to Fort Laramie and then to Cheyenne.  The 'Cheyenne Frontier Days' begin on July 19.  During a full week the old West comes alive again.  It will be interesting to see what real cowboys look like today and see them wrestle the steers.  I'll keep you posted!  
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Tanzy on

Have arrived home in Truckee, CA. It was an amazing trip and, as you say, you can go a long way through Wyoming and Montana and see lots of grassland and rolling hills. Gorgeous trip.

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