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Old 05-17-2014, 02:01 AM   #1
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Day Trippin the West

I will be periodically adding daily trip reports to this thread.

I am starting with a recent trip I took from my home in Boulder County Colorado (stuckupville) to Wyoming. I went as farth North as Guernsey, WY. The whole purpose of the trip was to visit some Oregon Trail historical site. I really shouldn't say just Oregon Trail. The area I was visiting was shared by the Mormon, California, and Pony Express trails as well.

I love History, and was tired of the wife's honey do list, so I decided to take a break and go North to see some of the Oregon Trail. I won't go into great detail about the Oregon Trail. If you attended a school overrun with unionized lazy educators, who didn't give a crap about your education, join the crowd. If you need to learn a little about the Oregon Trail, you can always look at Wikipedia, or other internet resources. Hopefully, reading this and looking at videos and pics can peak your interest a little bit.

May 5th, 2014, I left my home on my trusty WR250R and headed North. Left pretty early in the morning, about 7am. It was way cooler than the weather entities had predicted and I was pretty chilly. After stopping numerous times to drink coffee, warm up, and take silly video of me crossing the border into Wyoming, I finally needed gas when I got to Cheyenne. I continued to head up hwy 87 all the way to Fort Laramie. I stopped in Fort Laramie for a bite to eat at the American Grill. My server looked to be in his 80's. He moved slow, but was a way better server than most that I usually have. The food there was excellent. I highly recommend eating there. Don't let the appearance of the place fool you. The food is very good.
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I left the grill and it was already pushing 1230 in the afternoon. It was just a few short miles to the Fort Laramie Historic site. I stopped first to take some pictures of the old military bridge over the Platte River. The bridge has spanned the river since 1875.
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Here is a photo of the placard about the bridge. Note the bridge in the background of this pic is not the old military bridge.
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Here is another pic of the bridge..
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I stood and watched a few carp swimming in the North Platte River flowing under the bridge and snapped a picture of the river.
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Then it was onto Fort Laramie Historic site, but first took a picture of the Fort Platte memorial. There was not a trace of the original Fort which was once but a few yards away from where I took the picture. Nothing there but a few cows.
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Next memorial was to a rider, or maybe to his horse. The greatest ride in history it was called. The soldier, John "Portugee"Phillips, rode his horse 256 miles in a blizzard to try to get help for the ill fated soldiers at Fort Phil Kearney. 81 soldiers where massacred by the Lakota Sioux at the Fort, so the trip was for nothing really. Anyway, the horse the soldier was riding died a short time after arriving at Fort Larami.
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A few Fort Laramie pictures
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After Fort Laramie I took Gray Rocks Road to the Old Bedlam Ruts site. It was there I had a mild case of stupidity, and failed to take any still pictures. However, I did take some video which I will share later
After the Old Bedlam ruts I proceeded to Register Cliffs. Hundreds of people have carved their names into this soft limestone cliffs over the years. Some of the immigrants of the Oregon Trail era have left their mark, but mostly people from the past 100 years or so.
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Here is a carving from a wagon master named Tex, supposedly in 1888. I seriously doubt its authenticity. The Oregon Trail had already passed its heyday by 1888. Could it be this person had the same unionized educators I did? hmmm.
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I will finish the rest of the RR tomorrow.
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:19 PM   #2
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On with the show

Here are some pictures from Oregon Trail Ruts Park, near Guernsey, WY. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. This is what I wanted to see most on this beautiful Spring day.
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So, now for some of the pictures of some of the ruts that were cut into the soft limestone at the park by untold thousands of wagons over about a thirty year period. It was a little bit overwhelming standing in the actual ruts that were cut by thousands of miners, immigrants, and stage coaches. I was also surprised just how narrow the wagons were. They were much narrower than the automobiles we drive. Enjoy the pictures..
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Here are some ruts or swales if you will, pretty near to the limestone ruts.
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After leaving the ruts, I headed back south to Colorado. I had planned on taking I-25 home. The wind had begun to really pick up, and I was being blown all over the road. Plus, with the wind blowing right towards me, the little WR couldn't get over 55mph. So, I quickly got off the Interstate and decided to take back roads. Well, I ended up going to Chugwater, Wy because I remembered a gas station being there years earlier. It was closed! I decided to keep going south on the little back roads to Cheyenne. I was really getting concerned about fuel. The road I took for over a hundred miles was absolutely gorgeous. I didn't see another human being for almost two hours! It was heavenly bliss. Just me the WR a few ranch houses, and about a million black angus cattle. I had to stop numerous times for them to get out of my way. Be very careful around cattle when passing them. I grew up around them, and they can be very unpredictable at times.
I finally got back to Cheyenne about 5pm and refueled at the same exact gas station as that morning. I only had .02 left in my 4.7 gallon tank. I had came 270 miles! Riding into a 20+mph headwind with the little motor struggling carrying my fat ass, I was very impressed. It did a lot to raise my confidence in some long trips I am planning for this fall.
I did end up getting back on I-25 and made great time getting back home to Colorado. The wind just magically ceased blowing. It was a great day of riding with about 495 miles ridden. My behind was in severe pain. Gotta get a better seat for the little moto.
Here is a short little video shot of the day. It starts with me going into Wyoming on Hwy 85 Hope you enjoyed the pics and short video. I apologize if my ribbing of educators offended anybody. I know most really do care about the kids. I like to kid around a lot. One of my sisters is a dedicated educator.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:06 AM   #3
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Nice RR on some interesting history. 500 miles is a lot for one day on the little blue beast.
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