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Posted April 24, 2015 - 16:55

Re: Wyoming - I found the lack of exit ramps on some of the interstate exits to be interesting. So desolate that you could just slow down and turn right onto a road, straight from the interstate.

Nice scenery. It was nothingness, but enjoyable and very much what I expected from northeast Wyoming.

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Posted April 24, 2015 - 17:19

^ Which tells me you traversed I-90 from Rapid City SD through Gillette (where I actually once spent a 34-hour reset...talk about the middle of nowhere), past Buffalo and on up towards Billings MT...sound about right? :P

Now if you really wanna see some of the Wyo nothingness, take it down the I-25 and look for a place called Douglas--I once hauled a full deck of hay from out of there--or better yet backtrack the 25 toward Casper (where I was once stranded for almost a whole week...talk about "fun"), jump off to US-20 west and on up to US-16/360 up to a place called Lovell....

(I should also tell you that I managed to survive all that without the benefit of phone reception...because Sprint. :cursing: )

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Posted April 24, 2015 - 17:20

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Posted April 24, 2015 - 19:01

^ Which tells me you traversed I-90 from Rapid City SD through Gillette (where I actually once spent a 34-hour reset...talk about the middle of nowhere), past Buffalo and on up towards Billings MT...sound about right? :P


Nailed it! Except it was the other way around - this was on Alaska to South Carolina Road Trip #2. I believe we started the day in Calgary, AB and made it to Sheridan, WY that night and then Sioux City, IA the next.

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Posted April 24, 2015 - 21:58

Haven't had the displeasure of traversing through Wyoming, but is it much worse than the nothingness on I-70 between Kansas City and Denver?

 

At least Wyoming has mountains and hills for scenery.  Kansas and eastern Colorado is devoid of trees and mountains and hills.  It's just....grass.  Tall grass, short grass, wheats, and billboards.  I at least expected little scenery in Kansas.  But crossing the Colorado border and seeing the same crap was a bit disheartening.  I don't know if it was my affinity for Dumb & Dumber or just my limited sights of the state beforehand....but not seeing any towering mountains for a couple hours was weird.  I was expecting the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this....


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 23:43

The last high school baseball game I covered went 12 innings and took 3 hours, 30 minutes. It even started a half hour later than it was scheduled to. When it ended, I had 15 minutes to put a final score on the story, find some wi-fi, and send it on deadline.

 

The game I covered today went the regular seven innings and ended in one hour, 15 minutes. I had 4 hours until my deadline.

 

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Posted April 25, 2015 - 10:18

Haven't had the displeasure of traversing through Wyoming, but is it much worse than the nothingness on I-70 between Kansas City and Denver?

 

At least Wyoming has mountains and hills for scenery.  Kansas and eastern Colorado is devoid of trees and mountains and hills.  It's just....grass.  Tall grass, short grass, wheats, and billboards.  I at least expected little scenery in Kansas.  But crossing the Colorado border and seeing the same crap was a bit disheartening.  I don't know if it was my affinity for Dumb & Dumber or just my limited sights of the state beforehand....but not seeing any towering mountains for a couple hours was weird.  I was expecting the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this....

 

You're not alone in that.  All that most who've never been through Colorado know of the state is the Rocky Mountains...they think the whole state is like that.  As you--and I, and plenty others--found out, the entire eastern half of that state, and a good chunk of the western third, is straight desert prairie.  (I'm told the state of Oregon is the same way..but then I've never been through there to know for myself.)  Even the city of Denver is mostly flat.  It's not until one takes either I-70 west, or US-6 to US-160 west from down southwest of Denver that you really begin to experience the mountains.  My first time through there, I had a three-stop drop--the first in Aurora, the second in Denver, and the final drop in a place called Durango, way down in the extreme southwest corner of the state...meaning I got to take the back roads all through the mountains.  Blew my mind to see what I saw--prior to that, my "mountain experience" consisted solely of the Allegheny and Appalachians out east, which was a bunch of up and down, up and down.  Then you go out west, and it's one loooooooooonnnnnnnggggg climb up, then you get up there and realize there's a bunch of plainslands way up there...and then you get one loooooooooooonnnnnnggggggg grade down.  Suffice it to say I grew up real quick as a truck driver my first trip through Colorado...and afterwards I realized that what people consider mountains out east are really nothing more than tall hills.  Out west...THOSE are mountains.

 

As far as Wyoming...the chief difference between Colorado and Wyoming is the noticeable lack of trees/green in Wyoming, aside from the northwest corner of the state. Sure, there's mountains...there's also a LOT of arid vegetation up there, so in that vein, it's pretty much exactly like the nothingness of Kansas, just with more rises in topography. (The Badlands of South Dakota might've been more interesting scenery than anything I saw along either I-25--which I've traversed both ways more times than I care to remember--or I-80 through Wyoming.) That said, US-16 going up towards the northwest, where Yellowstone is...absolutely beautiful.  The world's largest mineral is stuck into a hillside up there. I may have to go dig up my photo album from my road travels and post up some pictures.


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 12:23


Haven't had the displeasure of traversing through Wyoming, but is it much worse than the nothingness on I-70 between Kansas City and Denver?
 
At least Wyoming has mountains and hills for scenery.  Kansas and eastern Colorado is devoid of trees and mountains and hills.  It's just....grass.  Tall grass, short grass, wheats, and billboards.  I at least expected little scenery in Kansas.  But crossing the Colorado border and seeing the same crap was a bit disheartening.  I don't know if it was my affinity for Dumb & Dumber or just my limited sights of the state beforehand....but not seeing any towering mountains for a couple hours was weird.  I was expecting the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this....

 
You're not alone in that.  All that most who've never been through Colorado know of the state is the Rocky Mountains...they think the whole state is like that.  As you--and I, and plenty others--found out, the entire eastern half of that state, and a good chunk of the western third, is straight desert prairie.  (I'm told the state of Oregon is the same way..but then I've never been through there to know for myself.)  Even the city of Denver is mostly flat.  It's not until one takes either I-70 west, or US-6 to US-160 west from down southwest of Denver that you really begin to experience the mountains.  My first time through there, I had a three-stop drop--the first in Aurora, the second in Denver, and the final drop in a place called Durango, way down in the extreme southwest corner of the state...meaning I got to take the back roads all through the mountains.  Blew my mind to see what I saw--prior to that, my "mountain experience" consisted solely of the Allegheny and Appalachians out east, which was a bunch of up and down, up and down.  Then you go out west, and it's one loooooooooonnnnnnnggggg climb up, then you get up there and realize there's a bunch of plainslands way up there...and then you get one loooooooooooonnnnnnggggggg grade down.  Suffice it to say I grew up real quick as a truck driver my first trip through Colorado...and afterwards I realized that what people consider mountains out east are really nothing more than tall hills.  Out west...THOSE are mountains.
And the thing about it is that the Rockies, while enormous, are actually a little bit less treacherous compared to the Sierra Nevadas. The highest peak in the lover 48 (Mount Whitney, which sits at nearly 15,000 feet) is only about 50 miles or so from the lowest point in North America (Badwater Basin in Death Valley, which is close to 300 feet BELOW sea level). And the snowstorms that the Sierras get are downright volatile in some very important trucking areas, such as along highway 80 from Reno to Sacramento. Not sure if you've ever had to stretch across that range yet, but that's an absolute truckers hell in some spots.
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Posted April 25, 2015 - 16:18


Haven't had the displeasure of traversing through Wyoming, but is it much worse than the nothingness on I-70 between Kansas City and Denver?
 
At least Wyoming has mountains and hills for scenery.  Kansas and eastern Colorado is devoid of trees and mountains and hills.  It's just....grass.  Tall grass, short grass, wheats, and billboards.  I at least expected little scenery in Kansas.  But crossing the Colorado border and seeing the same crap was a bit disheartening.  I don't know if it was my affinity for Dumb & Dumber or just my limited sights of the state beforehand....but not seeing any towering mountains for a couple hours was weird.  I was expecting the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this....

 
You're not alone in that.  All that most who've never been through Colorado know of the state is the Rocky Mountains...they think the whole state is like that.  As you--and I, and plenty others--found out, the entire eastern half of that state, and a good chunk of the western third, is straight desert prairie.  (I'm told the state of Oregon is the same way..but then I've never been through there to know for myself.)  Even the city of Denver is mostly flat.  It's not until one takes either I-70 west, or US-6 to US-160 west from down southwest of Denver that you really begin to experience the mountains.  My first time through there, I had a three-stop drop--the first in Aurora, the second in Denver, and the final drop in a place called Durango, way down in the extreme southwest corner of the state...meaning I got to take the back roads all through the mountains.  Blew my mind to see what I saw--prior to that, my "mountain experience" consisted solely of the Allegheny and Appalachians out east, which was a bunch of up and down, up and down.  Then you go out west, and it's one loooooooooonnnnnnnggggg climb up, then you get up there and realize there's a bunch of plainslands way up there...and then you get one loooooooooooonnnnnnggggggg grade down.  Suffice it to say I grew up real quick as a truck driver my first trip through Colorado...and afterwards I realized that what people consider mountains out east are really nothing more than tall hills.  Out west...THOSE are mountains.
And the thing about it is that the Rockies, while enormous, are actually a little bit less treacherous compared to the Sierra Nevadas. The highest peak in the lover 48 (Mount Whitney, which sits at nearly 15,000 feet) is only about 50 miles or so from the lowest point in North America (Badwater Basin in Death Valley, which is close to 300 feet BELOW sea level). And the snowstorms that the Sierras get are downright volatile in some very important trucking areas, such as along highway 80 from Reno to Sacramento. Not sure if you've ever had to stretch across that range yet, but that's an absolute truckers hell in some spots.
I don't doubt it. Thankfully (or fortunately if you prefer) I've never had to traverse that part of Nevada...the extent of my Nevada experience was the 15 out of Cali through Vegas and into a little piece of Northwest Arizona into Utah.

Although I did get to spend a 34-hour reset in Vegas on that return trip from Cali to Iowa--over a weekend no less-- so yeah, that was a definite boat floater. 👍

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Posted April 25, 2015 - 20:30

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Posted April 25, 2015 - 20:46

Tank?


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Posted April 26, 2015 - 01:26

 

Haven't had the displeasure of traversing through Wyoming, but is it much worse than the nothingness on I-70 between Kansas City and Denver?

 

At least Wyoming has mountains and hills for scenery.  Kansas and eastern Colorado is devoid of trees and mountains and hills.  It's just....grass.  Tall grass, short grass, wheats, and billboards.  I at least expected little scenery in Kansas.  But crossing the Colorado border and seeing the same crap was a bit disheartening.  I don't know if it was my affinity for Dumb & Dumber or just my limited sights of the state beforehand....but not seeing any towering mountains for a couple hours was weird.  I was expecting the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this....

 

You're not alone in that.  All that most who've never been through Colorado know of the state is the Rocky Mountains...they think the whole state is like that.  As you--and I, and plenty others--found out, the entire eastern half of that state, and a good chunk of the western third, is straight desert prairie.  (I'm told the state of Oregon is the same way..but then I've never been through there to know for myself.)  Even the city of Denver is mostly flat.  It's not until one takes either I-70 west, or US-6 to US-160 west from down southwest of Denver that you really begin to experience the mountains.  My first time through there, I had a three-stop drop--the first in Aurora, the second in Denver, and the final drop in a place called Durango, way down in the extreme southwest corner of the state...meaning I got to take the back roads all through the mountains.  Blew my mind to see what I saw--prior to that, my "mountain experience" consisted solely of the Allegheny and Appalachians out east, which was a bunch of up and down, up and down.  Then you go out west, and it's one loooooooooonnnnnnnggggg climb up, then you get up there and realize there's a bunch of plainslands way up there...and then you get one loooooooooooonnnnnnggggggg grade down.  Suffice it to say I grew up real quick as a truck driver my first trip through Colorado...and afterwards I realized that what people consider mountains out east are really nothing more than tall hills.  Out west...THOSE are mountains.

 

As far as Wyoming...the chief difference between Colorado and Wyoming is the noticeable lack of trees/green in Wyoming, aside from the northwest corner of the state. Sure, there's mountains...there's also a LOT of arid vegetation up there, so in that vein, it's pretty much exactly like the nothingness of Kansas, just with more rises in topography. (The Badlands of South Dakota might've been more interesting scenery than anything I saw along either I-25--which I've traversed both ways more times than I care to remember--or I-80 through Wyoming.) That said, US-16 going up towards the northwest, where Yellowstone is...absolutely beautiful.  The world's largest mineral is stuck into a hillside up there. I may have to go dig up my photo album from my road travels and post up some pictures.

 

Y'know what floats my boat? Hearing people who aren't from CO saying things like "Are there more cows than people?" "So you live in the mountains?" etc or have these huge misconceptions about the state. It's so funny to me how much we stereotype other places and it's awesome when people finally travel to CO (or other states) and realize just how different it is than they expected.

 

Also, Buc I'm very impressed by your US highway knowledge and genuinely enjoy hearing some of your trucking stories.


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Posted April 26, 2015 - 17:56

Small boat floater, but the Toronto Young Nationals from my hockey league won the Telus Cup, and only the second time a GTHL team has won it. As someone who is "employed" by the GTHL, I enjoy seeing the league be successful on the national stage.

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