After a long drive and an overnight in Wendover, Utah, we hit the Bonneville Salt Flats this morning. Cherrie had fun giving her wheelchair a test drive on the same turf where the world land speed record was set.
The Bonneville Salt Flats were formed when Lake Bonneville evaporated, leaving a hard crusty layer of salt over the sand. Although you can see the remnants all along Highway 80 in Utah, it’s best to take a short detour off the highway to safely view them.
Take the exit just east of Wendover, then follow the signs. Drive about three miles all the way to the end of the road, where you’ll find a paved parking area. The spaces are not striped, so there are no accessible ones; but it’s pretty quiet out there and there’s usually plenty of room. Then just wheel out on the salt flats like Cherrie did!
In the summer and fall you may also be able to see racers testing out their new engines there. It’s just a fun road trip detour.
After we finished at the Bonneville Salt Flats we headed on to Wyoming, where we found another cool roadside attraction – a giant bust of Abraham Lincoln. Here’s a photo of Cherrie by the sculpture.
This bust is visible from the highway, but it’s easy to get a closer look. Take exit 323 in Laramie and follow the signs to the rest area. There is accessible parking in back of the bust, with a level pathway around to the front.
The bust was erected in tribute to Henry P. Joy, the first president of the Lincoln Highway Association. The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental road in the United States. It connected San Francisco to New York; and the highest point along the route, was located just east of where the bust sits today.
After we finished up in Laramie, we headed over to Cheyenne, to spend the night in a wheelchair-accessible B&B.
Tomorrow, we continue our journey east.