Sunday, August 5, 2012
I didn't get as early a start this morning as I would have liked. I was tired from yesterday's stage and we got to bed late last night.
The plan called for going back up to Salt Lake and catching I-80, which will be the pathway for pretty much the whole trip. Today's stage would take me from Salt Lake to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
After some interesting terrain as I drove out of the mountains just east of Salt Lake, the rest of the day was pretty boring. I found no radio stations I was interested in (in other words, no NPR) and nobody on my ham radio. Lots of time to think.
Later in the day I started having some car problems. It happened mostly when I was going uphill, and the engine would just cut out for a few seconds. It would start going again, but still, it was worrisome.
I passed the Continental Divide again, just as I had done yesterday in southern Montana. The big difference this time was that the sign that declared Continental Divide also said the elevation was 7000 feet.
Some time later we reached the summit of another mountain and then the altitude was 8064 feet. I was surprised I think because the mountains I am most used to driving over, the Sierra, are more obvious about climbing, whereas this came more gradually.
I was making such good time that I considered going past Cheyenne, but then when I actually got there I had had it and was ready to stop.
I am hoping the car problems are related to going uphill at that altitude. I have turned off the air conditioner to lighten the load on the engine.
I am staying in a Motel 6 tonight. Cheyenne, by the way, is over 6000 feet high. I thought Denver was the only state capital over a mile high, but now I know better.