FORT COLLINS, CO — Monday marked the third day of my Western Road Trip.
I took off from Custer, South Dakota, on US Highway 18 and stopped in Hot Springs at Southern Hills Golf Course. It’s a very nice course in the Black Hills. I played and walked nine holes and, surprisingly, my golf game wasn’t too bad for it being the first time this year.
After golf, I hopped in my car continued on my journey to Fort Collins, Colorado. The mountains became much more prevalent as I got closer to Colorado. I was surprised how high the speed limits were on a two-lane road in Wyoming! In Minnesota, you’re lucky to see the speed limit reach 60 M.P.H. In Wyoming, it’s 70 and I was always getting passed by people.
Some of the scenic traveling in Wyoming is breathtaking. There is nothing like traveling down into a valley and seeing for miles, with mountains in the distance.
I stopped to see Fort Laramie. Checking out national monuments is not something I’m a huge fan of, but I really enjoyed seeing this fort. A lot of the buildings have been preserved and I stopped to read the placards and take pictures. It was cool to see some of the old firing weapons that were used back in the 1800s.
After spending about 30 minutes at Fort Laramie, I called it a day and headed to Cheyenne for gas and lunch.
Cheyenne is a short drive to Fort Collins and after checking into my hotel room, I went downtown to check out some bars.
I stopped at Whisk(e)y, where they have the third-largest whiskey selection of any bar in the country and the largest in Colorado.
The guy made me a whiskey sour with an egg white. I’m not a huge fan of those kinds of drinks, but this one was very good. After finishing my drink and food, I headed next door to a bar where they were serving $2 taps. I watched some basketball, then walked around the downtown area.
Fort Collins is a very interesting town with a good downtown square, but I don’t think I would want to live here.
All in all, it was a great day of driving, enjoying a few drinks and some good food.
I’m off to Utah in the morning with a stop in Steamboat Springs for some more golf. I’ll be traveling through Roosevelt National Forest, which means it’ll take some time, so I must get some rest.