High Cold Desert, Wyoming
While some parts of Wyoming are grand, green and spectacular, a good part of it is called the “high cold desert” where you’ll find sagebrush, maybe some low cactus, antelope and maybe a few deer.
Barricade, one on each side of the road
When you get onto a major highway in WY or NE you will see signs like this, with barricades that drop down to prevent drivers from entering the highway. These are posted at each town, so I passed quite a few. The fine for passing the barricade is high.
On the way south from Cody I went through Wind River Canyon,
Wind River Canyon
Once in Nebraska I saw a lot more agriculture, the corn was just starting to grow, less than a foot high I’d say and most of it was irrigated. On I80 near Kearny, NE, there is an arch that has an interesting story. There is more than one feed lot visible from I80, too.
Irrigation in Nebraska cornfield.
Great Platte River Road Archway Monument
Nebraska feed lot
Gateway Arch, St. Louis
St. Louis is famous for the Gateway Arch.
In Illinois more farm buildings were visible
Going over the Ohio River I saw a tugboat pushing several filled coal barges upriver.
Tugboat pushing coal barges
Once I got into Kentucky I saw cornfields with the corn 5-6′ tall and no irrigation. Lots of lush green trees, very different from the landscape 24 hours earlier.
This is such a vast country with so many different types of areas, from desert to mountains, green fields and valleys, clear rivers and those the color of melted chocolate, it’s been my pleasure to see a bit of it and to share it with you.