America 2022 – Day Eight

Only in America
Dreaming in red, white and blue
Only in America
Where we dream as big as we want to
We all get a chance
Everybody gets to dance
Only in America

– Brooks and Dunn

Wednesday 24 August

Slept like a log last night – not much on TV in Laramie, Wyoming unless you like Friends repeats, most of which I’ve seen many times before.

Great to wake up to the news that Chad Warner has re-signed with the Swans through the 2025 season.

It was 8 degrees Celsius when I went out for a walk this morning just after six o’clock. Considering it has been getting to and above 35 degrees here regularly this summer, it’s quite a temperature range you need to deal with here. That said, it was nice to run in cooler conditions especially after the last few mornings in St Louis and Lincoln.

We had breakfast in the hotel, where they had run out of normal milk – almond milk it was with my honey-nut Cheerios – and where they had The Weather Channel playing on the TV. That network did a small piece on the weather in Australia, and showed a wombat moving through the snow. Whilst they mentioned it was in Barrington Tops, they also said that Barrington Tops was in “South Wales, Australia.” Really? News to me. They moved it, obviously.

A shorter journey than yesterday, just over five and a half hours through to Ogden, Utah where I am writing from now. The difference between the plains of Wyoming and the mountain ranges in Utah is stark. One moment, you can see for miles in every direction and the next there are huge rock formations everywhere. Lots of roadworks. Seemed like every twenty miles, we were slowing down again. Lots of trucks on the road, as well. Not surprising. After all, this is the main route west.

Wendy’s for lunch, because options on the open, empty highway are very few and far between, and the next chance for something to eat would have just about made it afternoon tea not lunch. Quite impressed with my restraint: I had a salad again. I can’t eat burgers every day or I’ll come home resembling a blimp!

The weather was gloomy and stormy as we drove in, but the sun came out later. It’s a very impressive place, the city ringed by mountains. There are a lot of ski resorts dotted around. I can’t imagine how amazing this place would look in winter when there’s snow on the ground.

Dinner at Denny’s tonight. Walked there and back. The return journey was a little less pleasant, with a strong breeze. It was trying hard to rain, but thankfully held off until we got back to the hotel.

We are about four and a half hours drive north from Boise, Idaho where we’ll be spending the weekend. It’s been twelve years since I was last in Treasure Valley and I’m excited to get back and see how much has changed in what is one of America’s most beautiful cities, nestled in the foothills of the Rockies.

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