Day 43: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Dubois to Lander: 78 miles
Posts over the next few days will be mercifully short, as I am very tardy in posting them, and am relying on photos, my expense records, and hazy memory. Every time I sit down to write a blog entry, I end up horizontal within a few minutes. Tonight, I'm going to try to break that pattern, as I'm in Pueblo and didn't go anywhere today, except around town.
|I noticed this log church on the way out of Dubois.|
Wyoming is starting to look the same as the day before. And, not surprisingly, the same as it did back in 1981. The same red rocks. The same barren prairie.
|More red sandstone cliffs.|
I don't know what the crop was.
I stopped at a small store in Crowheart and bought some much-needed protein (cheese and lunchmeat), and shared it with Jordan, Israel, and Natalee when they pulled in.
|Isn't this an interesting juxtaposition of signs?|
|Even more red sandstone cliffs|
We tried to outrun a storm cell that was chasing us, but didn't make it. While we were stopped at a convenience store on the Shoshone reservation, it caught up with us, giving us an excuse to stop for 45 minutes. About 15 minutes after that, there was no sign that it had rained.
|These cumulus mammatus clouds bore out their threat.|
Matt and Sarah were the first to arrive in Lander. The city park looked very familiar - Jack and I had stayed there back in 1981. Back then, we had paid $2 (for all four of us!) and were not impressed with the facilities. Today, it's a very nice park, with real restrooms and running water, and there's no charge. Jordan, Israel, and Natalee pulled in around sunset, and ended up cooking their supper in the dark.
Some locals, and other cyclists who were camping there, told us about some road construction coming up, and warned us to avoid it if at all possible. But, when you're following a map that shows little more than the route you're bicycling, it's hard to avoid stuff like that.
I've started seeing some roadside markers that I've never seen before. They're about the same size as the mileage markers. It took me a while to figure out what they meant. Can you?
|Can you divine the meaning of these roadside markers?|