Day 22 - Sun 30 April 06
Awake at 06:00 and checked out of the Super8 Motel, down to the Safeway to get some provisions - I think I was the only customer at that time of the morning, and on the road again by 07:00. The rest of the day was driving from Grand Junction to Wyoming. And that is a long way.
I got to Devil's Tower at 17:30 - that makes 10 1/2 hours at the wheel, and only one stop for a pee and some petrol. But Devil's Tower made it all worthwhile. It's a huge lump of rock sticking up from the valley floor, a bit like Monument Valley, but here there is only one rock. It's basically cylindrical and the valley is verdant, no desert here. The Indians hold this place as sacred, and you can see why. It's as if a child playing at the seaside has filled a cup with sand, up ended it and removed the cup. I took a walk around the base and it's 1.2km. Then I spotted that people were climbing up it. Wow!
After that I headed for the town of Sundance, to find a motel for $40 and spent two hours chatting to the owner and one of the other guests. Phew! I was glad to see my bed.
Oh, I forgot, there was one other stop, and that was at a WalMart to get some CD's. Anything to get away from the Country and Western radio stations.
My rental car has a column shift even though it is an automatic, and there is no hand break - just an extra ratchet peddle in the footwell to the left of the brake peddle. - weird.
There's a place in Colarado called "No Name" - I kid you not.
America has a whole load of nothing. In Wyoming is nothing is Green coloured, as it's mainly grass. Utah has Red nothing as that's the colour of the desert/stone. I've also seen White nothing at White Sands, and Yellow nothing outside Las Vegas.
There must be HUGE amounts of coal in Wyoming, as I've seen loads of coal trains and each one must have been a couple of miles long. There are quite a few "Nodding Donkeys" as well.
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