The car, by the way, had lost 3 bolts off the exhaust manifold. My pals Kyle and James got replacements at NAPA, replaced and tightened them, checked all the fluids, and sent me back onto the road — without noise! What a relief.
I took I-70 from Rifle to Glenwood Springs, then north through Yampa to Steamboat Springs, then east to Walden — a depressing looking town near the state’s northern border. I checked into a motel here, not wanting to be on the back roads toward Laramie in the dusk. Too many deer.
So tomorrow I’ll go to Laramie, WY, then to Wheatman, and onto the Black Hills of South Dakota. I am very excited about that. Will stay Monday night in Rapid City.