Casper, Wyoming: You know the scenery is desolate when you’re looking forward to a place called Hell’s Half Acre, as I was on today’s 122-mile ride to Casper. The ride was straight through a vast, pervasive, brownish-green nothingness that went on for miles and miles. For nearly 100 miles we did not have a stop sign or a traffic light to navigate. We did pass through a couple tiny towns, such as Hiland (population 10).
Hell’s Half Acre, a gorge from an otherwise flat plain, actually comprises 320 acres and features jagged rock spires. Some scenes from Starship Troopers were shot here. It was a good diversion from an otherwise insufferably long journey, which I cycled at the respectable pace of 14.5 mph against moderate headwinds. (The wind karma is back with us; we had it pretty easy en route to Casper compared to some previous rides). Today I set a new personal best record for distance cycling. As a wise man said, when you’re going through Hell….keep going.
Mile by mile, we’re making progress in crossing a continent. Tomorrow is a rest day in Casper. I’m looking forward to doing laundry.
Day 18 summary:
Day 18: Riverton to Casper, Wyoming.
Day 18 mileage: 122.54 miles
Cumulative mileage: 1,353.41 miles per my odometer
Climbing: 2,660 feet
Cumulative Climbing: 46,970 feet of climbing
Terrain: rolling nothingness