Riverton, Wyoming: After yesterday’s character-building, arduous ride, today felt like a vacation. Although we faced some easterly headwind, and the morning was chilly (~ 45 degrees, in contrast to the Eastern US heatwave), it was a breezy ride mostly through high desert terrain. No blustering winds. Yesterday and today, the yin and the yang. Tomorrow is another big test: we cycle 120 miles, my most ever, to Casper. Hopefully we’ll have some good wind karma. Hopefully.
When you’re crossing the country mile by mile, sometimes the changes in landscape are not immediately noticeable. The transition though from yesterday’s alpine forest to todays high desert terrain is striking. What’s also remarkable are some of the responses to this ride from various folks we meet along the way. People frequently ask where we’re cycling to, and why. The most interesting comment so far has come from a man at a rest stop who only said, “you know, they’ve invented cars.”
Day 17 summary:
Day 17: Dubois to Riverton, Wyoming.
Day 17 mileage: 83.7 miles
Cumulative mileage: 1,229 miles per my odometer
Elevation: 1,250 feet
Cumulative Elevation: 44,310 feet of climbing