Dubois to Lander, Wyoming   Leave a comment

This is from the blog easthackney:

First off, I want to apologize for my recent opining with regards to Montana and Wyoming. I had lots of time during today’s ride to try and understand what happened to me. Looking back over the last two months I realize that California, Oregon, and Idaho were ideal: perfect weather, beautiful scenery, outstanding riding conditions. And then everything changed. The weather turned cold, rainy, or snowy. Hills became much steeper and longer. Scenery became isolated and dreary. I guess I had not anticipated this and was unprepared. Each day became full of worries. How steep? How high? Will it snow? Will there be services? Will there be bears? And this worry seriously colored my outlook. This ride has been incredible – both the good and the bad. I’ll try to temper my complaining over the bad. That said, today’s ride was the first sunny day in probably three weeks, and it was spectacular. I’ve got photos to prove it.

The ride begins in Dubois and will take 76 miles to reach Landers, so it will be a long day. It feels good to do away with the heavy layers, ski gloves and balaclava. And it’s so nice to be out of the snow.

The first thing I notice are the red rock formations, and how incredibly expansive this land is. I feel so miniscule.

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These pix can’t possibly capture the grandeur of the landscape:

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Look how wide open it is:

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In every direction I look, I can see for at least a hundred miles – and no condos:

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At some points I feel a little uneasy, realizing how insignificant I am on my puny bike in this immense expanse. It’s a little like The Twilight Zone.

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I feel like the only living creature on the planet. There aren’t even any cars!

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Well I think you get the idea. I did run into the first transam riders I’ve seen riding east to west – two guys younger than my daughter Jade. We chatted about what our different experiences have been so far. I felt it incumbent to warn them about bears, service closures, and the frigid snow. They told me Colorado is fantastic. When we said goodbye, they referred to  me as “sir”. I like that – Sir Hackney. Rather Royal.

I ran into a hitchiker just outside Dubois, Tim Shea [Shey]. He’s probably in his early fifties and had a 75 pound backpack. It just seemed unusual to see a hitchiker out here – there aren’t even any cars! And towns, if you can call them that, are 40 miles apart. Well, Tim and I ended up leapfrogging each other all the way to Landry. He’d get a ride for 10-20 miles, then be standing roadside while I catch up and pass him. Nice guy though. A Christian, and been hitchiking for 18 years. Go figure.

There’s a lot of Indian reservations out here, Crowheart for one. I heard there was a big battle between two tribes a long time ago. I saw some young men on horseback herding cattle like in the movies. I wanted to take a photo but felt that might be inappropriate. Sorry. Just a few more photos before Landry.

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About 5 miles out of Landry, large black threatening clouds are forming on my right. Then comes the thunder. I’m pretty much gassed but I push hard to get into town before it lets loose. I make it just in time, check in to a rustic Wyoming motel, and enjoy a NY steak dinner.

On The Way To Rawlins, Wy 5/23

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Posted May 26, 2015 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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