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US 191 Day 09-Ride to Buena Vista, CO

Keystone – Custer – Fort Laramie – Cheyenne – Denver – Buena Vista

The ride was 515 miles with about 8.5 hours of ride time.

Friday July 26, 2013


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My day started with flashes of lighting and rumbling thunder, slapping me awake around 4:00, this was followed by the rain. I was hopping it would stop before it was time for us to leave, but it didn’t. Chuck’s tent leaked and he woke up soaking wet.

We packed wet and were on the road by 6:30, we left Keystone and drove into fog for a few miles, followed by rain. At the edge of the mountains the rain stopped and the wind started. The crosswind would stay with us for most of the day.

When we stopped for gas in Lusk WY and I was already beat. We bought some T-shirts at a local shop and got started for Cheyenne.

We ate lunch in Cheyenne at Poor Richards, it was a top ranked restaurant in Google. The food was very good and we all enjoyed our lunch. It was some of the best food we had on our trip.

The ride to Denver was very trying, it took us 3.5 hours to go 100 miles. We were driving in Friday afternoon rush hour stop and go traffic. The James Taylor song “Damn this Traffic Jam” kept repeating in my head. One guy in a white truck almost ran Chuck and I off the road. This ride really tested me. I made a huge mistake in planning the ride, I took us through Denver on a Friday afternoon. Lesson learned.

It was just after 6 when we got to Buena Vista. Chuck decided that his gear was too wet to use and got a hotel room. My daughter and I set up our camp and did laundry before going to dinner. After dinner we showered and used our computers in the rec room. We camped at the Snowy Peaks, it was very nice.

This ride was a hard one. But now that’s it’s over the one thing I will always remember about this day, will be the rainbow we saw at the edge of the Black Hills. It was better than Rushmore and it cost less.

US 191 Day 05-Ride to Big Timber

Victor – Jackson – Grand Teton – Yellowstone – Bozeman – Big Timber

The ride was 300 miles with about 6 hours of ride time.

Monday July 22, 2013

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We were up at 6:00, packed our camp and hit the road. The road back to Jackson was packed with cars, it was like rush hour over a mountain pass.

At dinner we were given the name of a place for breakfast, when we got there it had been closed for over a year. We headed to downtown Jackson and ate at The Bunnery. The place was crowded and the menu looked very interesting, making us all excited for our food.

It turned out the service wasn’t very good and the food was average. After breakfast we started north on US 191 and into the Grand Tetons.

The views were beyond my ability to capture in words or pictures. Experiencing these mountains is something you need to do in person at least once in your life.

After a few more miles we came to Jackson Lake, the deep blue of the water set against the mountains makes for lots of postcard worthy views. As we neared Yellowstone the traffic became a giant convoy, a line of cars that we were a part of till we left the park.There were thousands of people and it was a Monday.

 

As we were pulling in Old Faithful was going off, this meant we had to wait an hour and a half before it would go off again. I gassed up and we walked around waiting for the next eruption.

While in Yellowstone we saw deer, elk, buffalo and lots of antelope. We exited through the west gate and started north to Bosezman. In Boezman we stopped for gas and relaxed in front of the gas station for a few minutes.

Then we hit the Interstate for the last 60 miles of the day. We only covered 300 miles but it took all day.

In Big Timber we followed the GPS into a large empty field and listen as it told us we had arrived at our destination. We rode back into town and had dinner at Frostey Freeze. For my meal I had the Big Arn, it’s name made me get it. They had potatoes cut into slices, battered and deep fried call JoJo’s and we all had them. They were the best part of the meal.

After dinner with new directions we rode to our camp. It was a beautiful place, but some of the bathrooms were broken and it forced us to walk a long way to the John.

This day lived up to my expectations, it had more beauty than I ever expected. This is an area I will be returning to with more time to see it. This time I was just passing through.

US 191 Day 04-Ride to Victor ID

Green River – Vernal – Flaming Gorge – Rock Springs – Pinedale – Jackson – Victor

The ride was 485 miles with about 8.5 hours of ride time.

Sunday July 21, 2013

 


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We packed up and were on the road before 7:00. I Was glad to put the RV park in Green River behind us.

We rode about an hour to Price and stopped at McDonald’s for a cheap breakfast. Then it was back on the road. Just outside of Price US 191 split from the main highway and took us back into the mountains.

After a couple hours US 191 brought us back to civilization, we were riding through farming country.

After a quick stop in Vernal it was back into the mountains with a long climb, then back down to Flaming Gorge. The lake and damn were a surprise to us and well worth seeing.

In Rock Springs Chuck’s credit card was blocked, his card company turned off his card because of the small gas charges. After getting that worked out we were back on the road.

The next 100 miles we rode into a fierce head wind dropping my MPG down to 23.

Then we started see antelope and deer and soon came to Hobart river. We rode next to this beautiful river all the way to Jackson.

Our camping spot was 20 miles west in Victor. We had to go up and over a pass to get down into Victor. We did laundry and took showers and went to dinner at the Wildlife Brew Pub. We didn’t get there till after 9:00 and sat outside, it was dark by the time our food arrived. Chuck left his phone in the laundry room and had to ride back and get it. He made it back before dinner.

It was a very long day, we didn’t get back to our tents till after 11:00.