Day 3 – Fort Lupton (CO) to Sheridan (WY)

Miles Today – Roughly 400

Total Miles – Roughly 1300

Today I saw some new parts of the country.  Instead of traveling I-25 the entire way, I took US-287 from Dacono (just west of Fort Lupton) to Laramie, Wyoming and then continued from Laramie on US-287 to Medicine Bow, Wyoming.  In Medicine Bow, I turned onto Wyoming State Highway 487 for approximately 80 miles until it
deadends into Wyoming State Highway 220.  WSH220 brought me to Casper.

 

If your interested in big country,
this is a trip for you.  US287 from Fort Collins, CO to Laramie, WY hits the “Flat Irons” part of Colorado and, not the Rockies, but to me, just as scenic.  The trip to Casper from Laramie traverses very wide open spaces and I was amazed at the grass and the semi-mountainous terrain. 
Lots of cattle and very few people, but, every once in a while, you could see a ranch
bunkhouse or central house in the distance.  The problem is that, “in the distance” is often 5 to 10 miles away!

 

Casper is about halfway and where I had no choice but to take I-25 north.  Surprisingly, there was VERY little traffic until I got to Buffalo, WY and I-90/25.  40 more miles and I was in Sheridan.

Sheridan is at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains and I managed to find a road that dead-ended into a atv/bike trail.  Turned around and then drove through the little town of Big Horn.  Had a great meal at the Wyoming Rib & Chop House in downtown and then avoided all the folks in town for the annual horse sale.

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