Ch ch ch ch ch changes!
It was amazing to watch the landscape change today! I’ve rode through this area in a car many times, but you notice so much more on a bike. And you appreciate it more.
After we ate breakfast and signed the church wall, we left Jeffrey City pretty quickly, tying to escape the notorious mosquitos all the east-bounders have warned us about. Mosquitoes love me, so I was pretty motivated to get outta there fast.
I mean…as fast as you can go on a touring bike…🤷🏼♀️
We rode 20 miles to a rest area, and ate a snack and rested up a bit for the 40 remaining miles.
After we left the rest area, the landscape really started to change. We had some long, flat stretches, some long descents, and some really long hills.
We get really excited when we see signs like this:
BUT, don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Just as we started our descent, it started to rain, and it was a cold rain….AND we had a bit of a headwind. So, we had to pedal down the 5 mile 6% grade….👎🏻. At least we weren’t going up.
The rain wasn’t too bad, but there was a point where it started raining pretty hard. I got out my rain fly and sat under it until it lightened up. I wasn’t about to get my padded cycling shorts wet….that’s the worst.
The 40 additional miles to Lander weren’t too bad. The changing landscape helped the time pass rather quickly. I took lots of pictures!
We came around a bend and we were suddenly in a red canyon!
Where did this come from?
Despite how great the day was, our tanks just ran out of fuel the last 10 miles before Lander. It was almost humorous; we had tiny hills compared to the ones we have been riding on all day, yet we were going so slow. It felt like we were never going to get to Lander. Our bodies haven’t had the best fuel the past few days due to the lack of stores. We have had to eat mostly snack-type things….not the best fuel when you’re riding 60+ miles a day.
When we finally arrived in Lander, we went to Taco Johns and finally got some food. We are so burnt out on snack food.
It’s going to be an exciting next few days! The landscape is going to continue to change. Over the next few days, we will be riding over another mountain pass, through the Tetons and Jackson Hole, and crossing into Idaho!
Oh! And at some point tomorrow, we will have less than 1,000 miles to go! I don’t want to wish the trip away, as it’s been a trip of a lifetime that I would totally do again (already thinking of other bike tours). BUT, I can’t help but think about what it’s going to be like to see the Pacific Ocean, knowing that I have actually ridden my bike across the entire United States of America. It still hasn’t set in that I’ve ridden even this far. It’s going to be an adventure in itself figuring out how to get home! 😂
I feel like it’s taboo even thinking about the trip ending, so I’ll just focus on the next day or so. 😊