Monday, February 10, 2014

Feb 10 - Burley Idaho

Weather kept us in Laramie for three nights, but our philosophy of "going with the flow" coupled with a bit of serendipity had us really liking this little college town before we left. With a population of about 35,000, it's tucked between the Laramie Mountains to the east and the Snowy Range to the west, at an elevation of a bit over 7,000 feet. The people we met were generally easy with a smile and quick to chat. We made it a point to get back here during the summer which, we're told, is "prime-time".

The forecast for the rest of the week is windy, then windier. If we didn't take advantage of today's relatively calm conditions, we might have qualified as citizens of Laramie. During the past few days the State Patrol closed I-80 through here a number of times due to wind and accidents. It happens frequently during Winter.

We were on the road by 7:20 this morning and continued our battle with headwinds. Other than that we had a good day and made good time. We stayed on I-80 all the way to I-84 at the foot of Echo Canyon, just above Salt Lake City. I-84 will be our route for the rest of our run into Portland. We're at a motel in Burley Idaho tonight and anxious to get into Portland tomorrow afternoon.

3 comments:

Rick and Kathy Rousseau said...

Traveling with a vehicle with a high center of gravity is a trick by itself. Add the high winds you're experiencing must be making it a White Knuckle Drive.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Barney, The Old Fat Man said...

From Laramie to Portland is some beautiful country. Sometimes I miss it during the summer. Be safe.

Thom Hoch said...

Rick/Kathy; I admit, the combo looks high (and is at almost 11 feet) but it's very stable to drive, even in stronger winds. My problem, being the cheap one, is the gas it sucks with a headwind. For the trip we averaged about 11 mpg. (6.2L gas) Thanks for checking in on us.

Barney; We've driven this stretch a bunch of times too, but this was the first during Winter. What a neat treat to experience it with snow and ice.

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