After nearly 6 months, I took to the road with moderate apprehension. I’m always “a bit on edge” when I start to break down my 5er (fifth wheel) after a winter in the mountains as you never know if any system is going to act up. And…. of course, with this virus everywhere, I was concerned about it as well.
As I shared in Part 1 of my journey, the biggest issue I encountered with my trailer was a “LCI Error” (Lippert control panel error) for my electric landing gear. It disabled my remote and forced me to use the panel in the storage compartment to raise and lower the legs. I linked to a helpful video in my earlier post that shows how to clear that error. How these things develop are beyond me, but I write it off to the fact that “it’s just Lippert, oh well.”
In addition to the minor mechanical glitch, of course I made my journey while Idaho was on lockdown and things in Wyoming were pretty strange as well. I did secure the “blessing” of the local Sheriff’s office before breaking camp in Victor, and ensured there was an open campground upon my arrival in eastern Wyoming.
My RV journey today starts in Rawlins and ended in eastern Wyoming.
As you saw in the video above, I started out late morning and it was STILL the 2nd coldest start I’d ever done – temperatures hovered in the high teens as I tried to fill the fresh water tank, connect to the truck, store the landing gear, and secure everything inside.
I thanked the Red Rose campground for their hospitality and then took to the open road. As you saw in my first segment in the video, traffic was nil and remained so throughout my nearly 200 mile journey.
My fuel tank was full so I literally drove the entire stretch without needing any services. A couple of food bars was all I needed to keep ME fueled up for a few hours and nearly 200 mile drive.
Crossing the high plains – semi desert
From Rawlins, east to Medicine Bow, Wyoming, the terrain is relatively flat and you’re at an elevation of about 6500 ft. This region is actually a high desert. The light coating of snow in my video gives the impression of moisture, but in fact, its water content is minimal. The snow appeared stable thanks to a cloud cover and temperatures remaining near or below 20F – despite the fact that it is mid-day in the middle of April!
This is a stretch I’m actually quite familiar with as Saratoga and Saratoga Lake are just east of Rawlins. Saratoga is literally world famous for its hot springs – I’ve been there several times for a week (or two) of soaking. Currently – the hot springs are closed.
The Laramie Mountains
East of Medicine Bow, you climb and enter a spectacular region – the Laramie Mountains. The route I took (Wyoming 34) does not pass near the Laramie Mountains highest peaks which reach up to 11,000 ft. My travel through these mountains took me over Morton Pass (7175 ft) and the region appeared to have peaks reaching to about 8500 ft. as I headed northeast towards Wheatland.
After a relatively brief time, the relief of the land becomes flatter and there’s a gradual decline to Interstate 25 which is about 4700 ft. above sea level near Wheatland. Wheatland is a small (population around 3000) farming town and near my final destination of Guernsey. Guernsey is a town of about 1100 located at 4300 ft. above sea level.
When I arrived in Guernsey, I set up camp (it was just over freezing!) and it is here I’m staying until I have greater clarity on where things are heading with this virus. I do have some “increasingly clear” thoughts on health in general and will share them in a future post (soon.)
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The campground I’m staying at is adjacent to a waterway and a golf course. The people are friendly and I’ve found great places to bike and kayak (more on this soon) along with a couple additional pleasant surprises.
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