Alantic City and South Pass Wy

I’ve had awe inspiring vista’s to camp and view for the last couple of days. And almost no way to update my blogs. So here is some of the views I’ve seen. I was on the Landers Cutoff for most of these pictures.

Oregon Buttes are the half way point from Kansas City to Oregon
Thank you John Mionczynski for the ride.

Driving over the mountains

When I left Wheatland I knew I was starting on a crazy adventure across terrain that had very few people in it. I wasn’t wrong the terrain was beautiful, I went a couple of days without seeing anyone. I met a couple of ranchers who did host me also. A big thank you to them. The experience is something I’ll always cherish even though it’s not done yet I still have miles of wild country to cross.

The sky was absolutely gorgeous
The terrain looked like a lemon meringue pie only in green
My camp along side a pond
The trail followed a ridge line for miles
A mule deer
The Seminole Dam
A very steep hill
The view was awesome

Climbing the foothills of the Rockies

I’m climbing the foothills through the wilds of Wyoming. The scenery has be absolutely stunning. I would like to thank the ranchers and people who have helped me by hosting me, helping me across cattleguards that aren’t wagon friendly, and hauling my Wagon half way up the first hill so I that my boys could walk up easier. The first set of hills were about 7 miles at a 7 to 10 percent grade. Here are some pictures of my trek since Wheatland.

Leaving Wheatland
Hills in a distance
Riding up the first hill
Becca rode Renegade
My hosts from Wheatland
The couple who hauled my wagon up the hill
A cowgirl who stopped to talk
Puppies sleeping at my hosts

Kindness and Generosity

My hosts in Wheatland Wyoming are what made America great. Very kind generous people they put my boys up in a large pasture, put me up in there guest room for the three days of bad weather. Then on the second day they drove me to scout the roads I’ll be traveling on for the next two weeks and helped me get permission to cross and park on ranches so that I’m not trespassing. That sounds like a simple thing but the dirt roads we drove on were muddy and very slippery because of some type of clay here in Wyoming that turns to slime when wet. It took us 10 hours to drive the route and we had to chain up. A big Thank You to them.

And Rest days

Rest days are very important to the horses. I like to drive 3 days rest 1 then drive 3 days and rest 2 days seems to be the best pattern for Renegade and Star-Buck. In the last 13 days I went from Brule NE to just east of Lyman NE. Here are some of the Sights I seen along the way.

Jailhouse and Courthouse Rock
Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock at night
An old wagon
Just thought this was beautiful
Fire on one side scary tractor on the other
Rifle Site pass
Scott’s Bluff
Mitchell pass

Cattle guards and Gates

I am in open range country which means cattle guards and Gates here are some pictures explaining what that means.

Coming up on the gate
Stopped at the gate
What the gates look like
What the cattle guard looks like
Gate is open
The gate is open laying on the ground
Drove the boys through the gate and hobbled Renegade they couldn’t take off
Gate is closed
Hobbles are back on the wagon
Driving off

North Platte River and Cattle Guards

I’ve hit the North Platte River Valley and it’s beautiful. I’ve been traveling south of the Platte River on the Oregon Trail. I’m on a beautiful road through open range land. Driving through open range is a beautiful except that when you have open range you have cattleguards. On road 54 south of Lisco Ne. I’ve had to open up and pass through 9 cattleguard gates. Still I enjoyed the drive today.

Oregon trail monument

An old house you could feel the history