Race to the Border

We woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning in Laramie. I’m blogging from the Coral Creek Coffee Company and about to bite into my bagel with veggie cream cheese.

We said good-bye to Kansas yesterday. A cold start to another cross-country road trip. Daisy made herself at home in the back seat. I’m happy we didn’t have a medicated puppy on this ride.



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Here’s one last look at Kansas. We thought about taking a meandering pace. But we were worried about the forecast for a weekend ice storm and snowfall. We ended-up taking advantage of the clear skies. We drove through Nebraska and crossed over to Wyoming.



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We drove north on Highway 75 to Nebraska. After a few route turns, we ended up in the capital city of Lincoln. It had a bumpin’ downtown district.



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We did lunch at Brother’s. I ordered a local brew: the Three Stone Ale. Brother’s had glossy hardwood floors, flat screen TV’s tuned to ESPN channels and plenty of pub games like bowling lanes and pool tables.

After lunch, we ended-up on I-80. This interstate will take us all the way to Sacramento. The 20-degree temperatures made pumping gas and taking the puppy out for her potty a frigid experience.



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After crossing the Wyoming border, Daisy and Mark took a potty break by the Lincoln Monument. We were shocked and delighted to see it from I-80. We saw the temperatures jumped up to the 30s. That made it feel like springtime for our road trip!



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We spent the night in Laramie and had dinner at Tommy Jacks. We loved the stuffed olives with Asiago cheese.
Despite it’s notorious past (the brutal murder of a gay college student a few years ago), it looks like a charming town. Cute boutique stores, coffee shops and other downtown haunts. Plus it has a Christmas flair since the streets are decked out with holiday lights and trimmings.



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I also ordered the Easy Street Wheat. It was the server’s favorite local brew (even though it’s made in Colorado). The bottle instructions has drinkers pouring half the liquid into the glass, swirling the wheat stuff and then adding the rest of the beer. It had a subtle hearty taste and a smooth finish.
So far so good.

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