To say the afternoon travels were uneventful is a relief after
yesterday's running around in search of a roof rack.
(installing bike rack in rain)
Even though I offered to approach people in parking
lots who were getting out of 4Runners and offer them
$50 for their roof rack, my sensible husband simply
said "You're crazy" and proceeded to search for less
Finally, we settled on a bigger bike rack with all the
fixings and he installed it in an alley in the rain.
After, he was proud of the job he did and the fact
that the new rack is strong and sturdy.
(the afternoon drive started out gray and rainy...)
We didn't get on the road until 3pm (vs. 9am).
Although rainy at first, the sky soon cleared, and we
were treated to lush, green open plains speckled with
wildlife and livestock.
(...then the sun came out)
It is fawning time for the pronghorn antelope and
interspersed with pregnant does were several
that were trailed by twins.
We stopped in Casper, Wyoming at the Outback
Steakhouse for dinner. Mom is particular about the
chains where we eat.
"No Chili's or Applebee's," she insisted.
(getting close to Buffalo, Wyoming on I-25)
The remainder of the drive was a beautiful display
of setting sun on cloud formations. Our destination
was finally decided as Buffalo, WY and the Comfort
Inn along I-25 where we've stayed many times
However, we soon discovered it was entirely full
so they sent us to the Wyoming Motel. They only
had smoking rooms so Mom walked a few blocks
to the gas station and purchased air fresheners,
then hurried back to spray the room like an
exterminator on steroids.
Once the lemony fumes dissipated, we were back
to a smoky-smelling room. Guess you call this
Today, it is into Montana and a long day of driving
to make up for the missed time from yesterday.
4Runner is running strong and trailer is behaving
itself back there.