Monday, August 18, 2014

On detour through Utah and Wyoming.

May Trip to Reno, Part 16;
May 19-20, 2014

Running late out of Salt Lake City aboard Amtrak's California Zephyr on detour through northern Utah, afforded us spectacular daytime views we would have otherwise missed had we been running on time. The scenery through Wyoming was no less spectacular, except for all the snow fences that peppered the landscape. The vistas of southeastern Wyoming were of particular note [see blog post].

From left: A snow fence – the Unofficial Symbol of the great State of Wyoming; And now we play the favorite game aboard Amtrak – Let's Stop in the Middle of Nowhere.

There were delays along the way, as we went up against Union Pacific freight traffic and track maintenance. The only opportunity afforded for a fresh air break, at Union Pacific's discretion, was in Green River, Wyoming.

In Green River, Wyoming. In the distance above town, Castle Rock.

Nearly four hours late into Denver, we experienced another long delay at the station. I reckon it was past midnight before we crossed into Nebraska. Five hours late into Hastings I gave up hope of making my mid-morning Megabus connection in Omaha.

Once in Omaha, I made the long, sweaty trek with luggage in tow to the Burlington Trailways station at 16th & Jackson to purchase a ride home. With some time to kill I lounge over iced coffee at nearby Howlin' Hounds, and take in the artwork assembled on its walls for a show later that day [see coming blog post].

From left: Artwork on display at Howlin Hounds; Only use Trailways hand sanitizer for that 'back-of-the-bus toilet' clean!; Surveillance van?!?!

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