Aug. 28-30 2010

The skyline of Cheyenne, WY. The gold dome of the Wyoming State Capitol is seen above the billboards. The viaduct on I-180 northwest is visible to the right of the (gasp!) beer billboard.

Gentleladies and gentlemen, it's the amazing Interstate that isn't! This is northwest on I-180 in Cheyenne. I-180 is the only Interstate (except business routes) that doesn't have a single inch that's up to Interstate standards. Completed in 1984, this mile-long Interstate isn't even a freeway! It's a divided highway with traffic lights that acts as a spur from I-80 to downtown. I-180 is also part of Biz I-25, US 85, and Biz US 87.

I-180 splits into this pair of viaducts over the Union Pacific railyard. The one on the right becomes Warren Avenue; the one on the left forms from Central Avenue. The bridges have their own heating system under the north approaches to reduce snow and ice.

A better view of Cheyenne, probably from the I-180 viaduct.

I-180 ends at this intersection at the end of the viaduct, as the road becomes Warren Avenue.

In Cheyenne, this is west on what's known as 16th Street, Lincolnway, US 30, or Biz I-80. We're crossing Central Avenue where it becomes I-180 south.

Continuing on US 30 through Cheyenne, we go under this rail bridge - which also goes over the rail line paralleling US 30 on the left.

West on I-80 about 20 miles west of Cheyenne. Speculation is that the road on the right may have once been US 30.

Looking north from I-80 at some mountain scenery.

I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie, with jagged mountains in the distance.

Here on I-80, it's as if Mother Nature plunked down giant rolls of insulation to keep us cozy and safe.

When you get off exit 329 - 6 miles west of Buford, WY - you're met with this unpaved road.

Mountain scenery in greater Buford.

Still near Buford, this is about at the point where I felt safe from the exurbs. I wanted to take up residence here in case there's another Contract With America.

This pyramid is the Ames Monument near Buford. The 60-foot-tall granite monument completed in 1882 commemorates brothers Oakes Ames and Oliver Ames Jr., who funded the Union Pacific. The Ames Monument also marks what was the highest point on this railroad before the rail line was relocated.

A closer view of the Ames Monument.

A bas-relief portrait of one of the Ameseses.

From the Ames Monument, a view of the accompanying road and surrounding land for my proposed breakaway democratic republic.

Another bas-relief Ames.

Yet another view from the Ames Monument.

And another.

An unspecified radio tower near the Ames Monument - for the benefit of both people who still listen to radio.

The rest area southeast of Laramie is actually not right on I-80. You have to use the exit to WY 210 and travel along this side road. But there's another treat I'm keeping you in suspense of...

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