We left Lead heading south on US 85 winding through the Black Hills. The road was being resurfaced and was a bit bumpy but smoothed out completely when we crossed the Wyoming state line. The hills came to a rather abrupt stop after the descent into Newcastle, where we fueled. The pumps at the Loaf and Jug are at an odd angle so it took a bit of maneuvering to get out after gassing up.
From Newcastle, we continued south on US 85 across relatively flat land to Lusk, where we turned west on US 20. There were a number of coal unit trains hauling east and, as with my prior trips across this area, I wondered at the huge appetite for the black substance. Along here, the Rocky Mountains came into view on the horizon for the first time this trip.
US 20 met I-25 at Orin Junction, where we stopped briefly in a nice rest area. Then we headed south on I-25 through rolling countryside. The typical afternoon thunderstorms were brewing. We only got a little bit of rain despite having ugly cells east and west of us most of the way to Cheyenne.
We arrived at the Flying J on the south side of Cheyenne before 4:00. I pulled up to the RV pumps to fuel but had to wait because a trailer from Texas was blocked from leaving by someone in a 5th wheel who decided to leave their rig in the congested lot while he went shopping. I saw quite a few soldiers standing by some military vehicles as I waited. Eventually we got gas (I used the three digit plus 0 0 trick for the zip code and it worked) and moved to the truck parking lot for the night. Flying J used to cater to RV's with separate parking areas but since they were taken over by Pilot, that seems to be slipping. We found a spot on the end of a row facing the exit and considered ourselves lucky.
Safely parked for the night, we jumped in Sherm's truck and went to explore downtown Cheyenne. It is a nice place and boasts a number of very old but well maintained buildings downtown. Then we headed back to the Flying K where we had supper at Denny's before turning in.
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