Friday 06 July, 2012

Day 23 – Wyoming


Cody left me with very low expectations for Wyoming, but the morning ride turned out to be one of the best of the trip. A peaceful calm pervaded the land well into the afternoon. It was overcast and the many wildfires in the region created a haze that filled the sky for miles. The soft [...]


Cody left me with very low expectations for Wyoming, but the morning ride turned out to be one of the best of the trip. A peaceful calm pervaded the land well into the afternoon. It was overcast and the many wildfires in the region created a haze that filled the sky for miles. The soft pastel shades of the distance gave the ride an impressionistic feel, like traveling through a painting by Monet. The air was thick enough in places that sunlight would stream through in rays. That and the slight murkyness of the smoke haze gave the whole journey an underwater feel.

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So far, element is the smallest town I’ve ridden through on my trip.

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Bighorn National Forest was beautiful and almost deserted this morning. The rock colors range from light ochre to pink (pre-Cambrian I’m told) to bright red.

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Leaving the park I descended back down the other side of the mountains, zigzagging around a hundred hairpin turns. It was starting to rain a bit, which added some urgency to my ride. I was ready for lunch and Sheridan was only an hour away.

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The town of Sheridan is very quaint, with a nice old timey main street that looked healthy despite a nearby Walmart. I had a good lunch at LuLu’s cafe and the bought a replacement watch for the one that imploded on my trip up the chairlift in Fernie (looks like British watches are made with the same quality as British cars).

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An hour later I stopped in Buffalo for a coffee and then continued on to Gillette where my hotel for the night awaited me. I’ve learned to stop judging a town from the first few streets off the interstate. The areas near freeways are often the worst, either industrial or chain fast food, gas stations or motels. It’s like entering a house through the garage – it’s not the most presentable area. So far all three towns have had a really nice main street and residential area, but all located within a beltway of outer utilitarian sameness. It will be interesting to see if this is the same in the older, eastern towns I come to. The final leg saw darkening skies and flashes of lightening in the distance. My good fortune holds and a downpour begins just as I pull into the hotel parking lot.

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One Comment

  • Jack VanHesteren says:

    Dear Scott, Sorry I haven’t responded recently. We went to Beaumont, TX yesterday for Golden Anniversary celebration of Sister-in-law Carol Hamm & her husband, John. Two of their children,Debbie & Bobbie, each brought their spouses and their two daughters. So, there were an even dozen of us who enjoyed delicious steak or chicken dinners at the Cattle Company Restaurant on Eastex Freeway 69/96-(a couple of miles North of IH-10). Do recommend it, if you are looking for a good meal at reasonable price, when you come thru that town. After the meal, we went to Carol & John’s home, and watched lots of slides, videos & a couple of old 8mm movies. John is quite a photographer, and they have catologued practically their whole lives. We did not attempt to watch their dozens of videos of travels all around the world, of course. But, it was fun to watch the pics of their wedding, and some favories of their kids growing up, etc.. Their son, Johnny and his family live in Minnesota, so they did not attempt to come down for this event. They do come once or twice each year, when their schedules allow it. Their two sons are currently in colleges–(one in North Dakota, and the other in West Texas). The drive was great, and we had some nice rain showers last night and this morning.
    Sending you Love and Best Wishes, Jack & Marilyn


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