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Trevor and Josh in the Spirit of Stahls 1932 Ford Dirt Track Racer enter the town of Evanston, Wyoming on Tuesday evening.

The Great Race 2016 continued through the great state of Wyoming on Tuesday, and we happily arrived in Evanston for our overnight stop. As usual, we had a great reception from the crowds in this laid-back town o approximately 12.000 folks. As in almost every town in which we stop, the Great Race cars remain parked in the streets of the town, on display for all who are interested in seeing them up close. We are always glad to answer questions and allow kids to climb inside the cars. The town is considered a “railroad town” and was originally founded during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. We enjoyed a great dinner and the cool mountain air. On Wednesday morning, we headed towards Rawlins, where we would stop for lunch. On the way, we passed over the Continental Divide, which is, according to Wikipedia, a  mountainous, hydrological divide of the Americas. “The Continental Divide extends from the Bering Strait to the Strait of Magellan, and separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean from those river systems that drain into the Atlantic Ocean (including those that drain into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea)  and along the northernmost reaches of the Divide, those river systems that drain into the Arctic Ocean.” It was another unforgettable day of scenery as we climbed above the treeline, through National Park lands, finally arriving in Cheyenne. We leave bright and early at 7AM on Thursday and Mary and I have the honor of being the first car out. They are going to install a GoPro camera on our car and also record what we are saying. Should be interesting.

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Heading west on I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, we view this Abraham Lincoln head towering over traffic at exit 323. According to RoadsideAmerica.com, Lincoln’s head was built by Wyoming’s Parks Commission to honor Lincoln’s 150th birthday. It was sculpted by Robert Russin, a University of Wyoming art professor and a Lincoln fan (When he died in 2007, his ashes were interred in the hollow monument).

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Viewpoint

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Upon arrival in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Dan, Mary and Brett.

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We were very proud of our future navigator, grandson Noah, who road for the first time in a Great Race rally car along with his dad Brett and Uncle Dan. Magic Dave and Mary were there to greet him upon his arrival in Cheyenne.

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Brett and Sarah with kids and Magic Dave in Cheyenne

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Keeping that bumper shiny.

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The snow capped vistas were stunning.

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We are now above the treeline!

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The sheer beauty of our nation never fails to impress.

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We will never know if this is true!

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That reflective lettering is doing its job!

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Downtown Cheyenne is a magical place.

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In front of the depot in Cheyenne, where all the cars are parked for viewing by locals.

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Amazing crowd turnout once again!

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Notice one of our stickers on the car, kaitlynstahl.com Our daughter Kaitlyn would normally be helping to drive or navigate but she is busy looking for a job. No charge for the free advertising Kaitlyn!

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Always a great marketing idea–limited edition t-shirts! It makes you want to buy one doesn’t it?

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Corky Coker lets me know that they want to put a GoPro camera on our car tomorrow! And they also want to record what we are saying. We are the number one car leaving in the morning.

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Are you really sure you want to hear what Mary and I talk about?

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Water now flows in the opposite direction. The Continental Divide outside of Rawlins, Wyoming.

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Many of the towns through which we are passing are “railroad towns,” established during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.

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We can’t get enough of this majestic land of ours. Wyoming scenery.

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America the Beautiful

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