Glad I did. It was a very nice two-lane road with wide shoulders and actually was smoother than the interstate had been. The countryside looked a lot like it had when I was driving towards Colorado Springs a couple of weeks ago, except that there are more rocky bluffs in Wyoming.
The first stop was the town of Guernsey where there was a section of the Oregon Trail where the wagon wheels had cut deep ruts into the sandstone in the area. Amazing how narrow those wagons must have been.
What also amazed me was how much water was in the nearby Platte River. The early pioneers said of this river that it was too thick to drink and too thin to plow. Well, today the river had a LOT of water in it and was flowing extremely fast.
Interestingly, as I got within about 20 miles of Fort Robinson State Park, the landscape changed to include more hills and more trees. I am looking forward to exploring this new landscape.