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Section 3: Trip Three

The Windmill Road from Medicine Bow to McFadden


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Beginning: 41.895385, -106.200856
     Ending: 41.641877, -106.151114

This trip begins by turning south off US-30 at mile #272 in Medicine Bow. You take C-1 over the tracks and head south for two miles to East Allen Lake (off to the west). The road then climbs a small hill to a junction. Here you can see the Snowy Range Mountains to the south, southwest is Elk Mountain, east is Como Bluffs, and northeast is Laramie Peak. At this junction, you can take C-3 southwest to I-80 near Elk Mountain (exit #260 or #255, see page 46).

Continue south on C-1 and the road crosses the Medicine Bow River (one mile). The road then swings east and then south across Horne Flats. A bit further, you pass between Indian Hill on the east and Pine Ridge on the west.

Two miles further south, you pass by a road going west toward Alligator Rock and Bible Rock (just on the other side of the ridge). Continue south and the road crosses Foote Creek and climbs up through a cut in Foote Creek Rim.

After going over the rim, the road drops down to Rock Creek and follows it south for three miles. You pass through a small oil field area and the main road turns east across the creek. You then climb up a small hill to McFadden and W-13 at mile #11.

Smeagle is the barometer by which I gauge a great deal of my life. If his head is hanging out the window, or if he is wet and covered with mud, everything is going well. If he is curled up on the seat and sleeping, we need to take an "attitude adjustment" break and knock about for a bit.