U.S. Route 20 Across the U.S.: Days 7 & 8 (October 2016)

Chadron, Nebraska to Cody, Wyoming (~400 miles)

The day got off to somewhat of a clear start – just some high, thin clouds – as we went west from Chadron.  Just beyond Chadron is Fort Robinson State Park, an historic cavalry fort that we’d visited before but we got to too early to visit this time.  After traversing miles of grassland dotted with cows, we crossed the Wyoming border at Van Tassell and joined I-25 at Orin, Wyoming.  We could finally see real mountains – the southern end of the Wind River Range – on the far horizon.  We took I-25 into Casper, Wyoming, along the route of four trails that fueled the westward expansion: Pony Express, Oregon Trail, California Trail, and Mormon Pioneer Trail.  The speed limit on I-25 is 80 miles per hour (not that anyone felt they had to go THAT slow…), so we reached historic downtown Casper in time for a large, amazing breakfast at Sherrie’s Place.

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