Sunday, July 4, 2010

Into Wonderful Wyoming

Saturday 7-3 day 60 - 58 miles 2833 total, Jeffery City to Lander. Another great day on a bike. Wind has subsided and the first 20 miles uphill led to the rest down. Wyoming is full of beautiful, grand desolation.

Beaver Creek Vally and Wind River Range

Friday 7-2 day 59 - 70 miles 2775 total, Rawlins to Jeffery City. Nothing memorable through this area except Split Rock Historic Site on the Oregon Trail. Had a fierce headwind the last 20 miles and a storm came up just as we arrived. The motel in Jeffery City is the worst we have stayed in so far, but I was glad to be there.

Jack, our fearless leader is back on the bike.


Pretty cactus flower

Thursday 7-1 day 58 - 48 miles, 2705 total, Saratoga to Rawlins. There seems to be no way to get to Rawlins from Saratoga without a brief stint on Interstate 80. The 13 miles were on it was very nasty. This is the only time on the tour we are on an interstate, thank goodness. We camped at a very nice RV park in Rawlins, but a fierce wind/rain storm with 40+ mph winds about blew us off the hilltop. Except for a few anxious minuets everyone came through it just fine. Lost no tents.

Cowboys working the herd

Ranch with mountains

Wednesday 6-30 day 57 - 69 miles, 2659 total miles. Walden to Saratoga, Wyoming, a new state day, only three to go. Just another day in paradise. There is no way to appreciate this terrain from a car on an interstate, it must be experienced close and personal like on a bike. This evening I had the best Ice Cream and Shake on the trip so far at Lollypops Ice Cream Parlor in Saratoga.

Breakfast at the Moose Creek Cafe - Walden, CO

Tuesday 6-29 day 56 - 62 miles 2588 total miles, Hot Sulphur Springs to Walden. Rode over Willow Creek Pass and the Continental Divide at 9621 feet. A very scenic and enjoyable ride. A typical late afternoon thunderstorm disrupted dinner, but didn't last long. That night the temperature dipped down to 41 degrees in the tent - chilly!

Willow Creek Pass

Barn and mountains

Monday 6-28, day 55 - 78 miles 2526 total miles, Breckenridge to Hot Sulphur Springs. Another great day on a bike! I took a wonderful bike path from Breckenridge to Silverthorne stopping in Frisco fro breakfast at the Butterhorn Bakery, best breakfast on the trip so far. Then it was a mostly downhill ride through the Blue River and Colorado River valley. Spectacular scenery and great riding.

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