Whew! Today was a haul.
Well, this whole trip has been a haul.
Last night, I got the best nights sleep of the whole trip. I’m not sure why, but I’ll take it!
We slept in…again…and then went to McDonald’s for breakfast. It was so nice to actually have place to go get food, rather than rummaging through our panniers looking for snacks to hold us over.
I felt a little reluctant to get going this morning because I knew today would be a day of climbing. My elevation chart sometimes can be deceiving, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.
Not too far out of Lander, we crossed into the Wind River Indian Reservation.
If you have seen the movie Wind River, this is the area that the movie takes place in.
We also passed a sign for Sacajawea’s grave site. We really wanted to go see it, but it was 4 miles out of the way, so we just googled pictures of it and pretended we went. 😟
Oh, and we saw some HUGE horses. I think they were Clydesdales. They were so sweet. I love horses.
We stopped at the gas station in Fort Washakie. I’ve been through there many times, but today I learned how to correctly pronounce the name while overhearing a local say it.
My way- Wa- Shah-Key (emphasis on the middle part)
Correct way- Wa-shuh- key (said really fast with emphasis on the beginning).
I mean…..just in case you wanted to know. 🤷🏼♀️
Today, our route intertwined with the Wind River. It was really pretty.
We ate lunch around 4:00, since it was the first gas station we game to since the one in Fort Washakie. I was super hungry….
But boy did I regret it. As soon as we started riding again, I felt awful!!! On top of my legs being totally done for the day, my stomach felt like a pumpkin…or something of the sort.
If you’re laughing, it wasn’t funny. 😂
I’m honestly not sure which felt worse, my legs or my stomach, but when you combine both of the awfulness, PLUS a headwind and hills, it was just…..awful.
We had 30 miles to go to make it to Dubois, and I seriously did not think I was going to make it. I don’t know how I made it, honestly.
The scenery was the only thing that saved me. I had no service so I couldn’t listen to music, so I just looked around at all the beautiful sights and tried to keep my mind off of how my body felt.
As we were climbing up what we would learn would be our last hill, a man came outside of his cabin and started clapping for us! He told us it was flat after we got over the hill. We all cheered and laughed!
There have been so many people the last few days waving at us as they drive by, giving a “thumbs up” out of their car window, or even a “hang ten” sign. I love it when people are supportive and encouraging!
When we made it to the top of the hill, I think Mash and I were losing our minds. Mash asked me how far we had been so far.
Emotionless, I said, “72 miles, so far.”
We both broke into tear-evoking laughter. We needed sleep. Bad.
Tonight, we were planning on staying inside a church hostel, but there were already lots of (male) hikers there, so we decided to go somewhere else where we wouldn’t have to socialize. We are camping behind a really nice high school.
Hope I sleep as good as last night.
Tomorrow, we climb over Togwotee Pass, and then it is downhill into Grand Teton National Park!!
I’m so excited to see the scenery tomorrow. It just keeps getting better and better.