Sunday, October 2, 2011

Day 13 - "I may be a living legend, but that sure don't help when I've got to change a flat tire." ~Roy Orbison

We woke up bright and early and got started on our way to Rifle Pit Hill and Register Cliff.  Interesting stops on the Oregon Trail.  
St. Mary's station on the Pony Express~

Pioneers chiseled their names into these rocks~
Ft. Laramie was pretty cool, too.  Lots to explore on the grounds, and a nice little visitors' center.  We watched a quick film about the land~
We drove up to Fort Laramie with a flat tire and hoped the rangers there might know of a place to get it repaired.  They did.  We ended up at Terry's Tire Shop in Torrington.  The owner there was friendly and fast, and the price was right! 
Check out the amazing taxidermy in the waiting room~
We were quickly on our way to Scott's Bluff~
It's pretty just much a drive up a small mountain (Scott was working on the ride up) ~
But the views are amazing~

We only had a about a half an hour before the park was closing, so we didn't spend much time there.  It felt like it took forever, but we finally made it to Nebraska and had dinner at Sam and Louie's.   While waiting for our food (did I mention before that service is really slow everywhere not-Chicagoland?), we noticed people being served glasses of beer along with little cans of tomato juice.  Gross.  We had never seen or heard of this before but apparently in Nebraska, people drink their beer with tomato juice.  We could not find the history or significance of this concoction, and our waitress, when asked, replied, "I don't know - it's just how we drink it!".  Yuck. 
We pulled into the West Omaha KOA at 3am and slept in our van.  We coined our lodging that night, "The World's Most Expensive Parking Spot".

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