U.S. Highway 85 (Can/Am Highway)
Looking slightly southwest from just inside Laramie County, Wyoming, toward Weld County, Colorado. The borderline between the two states lays where the shoulder changes color. Downtown Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming, is just ten miles away.
I came across this location when I first started the blog. It’s easy to find, has some landmarks on it and the sky’s pretty. However, I’ve featured Colorado and Wyoming twice apiece already, and with big rectangle states like those two, it doesn’t take long to run out of borderlines. So I decided to save this one, especially since when I first saw this scene, there was a cool storm a’brewing in the background.
However, some of those cool sights are getting replaced. Google is in the process of retracing some old steps with a fancy high-definition camera. While this is greatly improving this free service – you can actually zoom in and read street signs now – I experienced a small panic when I approached the driveway to The Den Gentlemen’s Club (NSFW Rating: R). Where was my storm?
Ah, there it is. Photographed originally in 2007, it’s a storm that never passes. You can see the differences between the two eras as well. I never realized there was a windmill farm back there until I saw the High-Def version.
Anyway, a closer look at the borderline: The Borderline Cantina on the left is completely in Colorado while the houses on the right are in Wyoming. The line falls at the bottom of that incline. Those windmills are all in Colorado, too, as you can see from this made-for-desktop-wallpaper image from Satellite View.
Finally, here’s a combo of the two eras into one pic. See if you can spot which is which. (A hint: that’s the same bush in two places.)