Day 15: Wyoming to Nebraska

We drove 875 miles (1,400km) on our first day driving back east. With all of that mileage, you’d expect we had gone through several states. Sadly, though, we only crossed two: the surprisingly wide Wyoming, and the predictably wide Nebraska.

Morning dawned early, and we were on the road before 7:00 a.m. Mountain time. Our route took us on a winding two-lane highway, heading south through miles of mountains and high plains, before reaching Interstate 80 and beginning the long haul east.

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The day was uneventful – always good news on a driving day – though in the afternoon we passed through, and then raced away from, a huge line of thunderstorms in western Nebraska. We stopped in the town of Sidney, headquarters of the outdoor retailer Cabela’s, and discovered the most luxurious gas station we’ve ever seen. Check out these marble gas pump pedestals:

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Dee-luxe! When these folks declare that they have ‘classy restrooms’, they aren’t kidding around. Everybody reported that the bathrooms were like Roman palaces.

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We gave back one time zone on this day of driving, so it was 12:00 a.m. Central time when we arrived for a short night’s stay in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our hotel room was fabulous – a two-bedroom suite with two full bathrooms, a living room, and a full kitchen. Sadly, we were only there for about eight hours to enjoy it. Isn’t that always how it goes? You get the great hotel rooms when you can scarcely use them, and the bad ones always show up for a week’s stay.