10.16.2012

Beartooth Run 2012: Long Day pt.1

Light rain was falling from the lead and slate gray  dawn clouds that were laid out east to west over the Teton Valley. Ron and I dutifully lugged our gear out to our machines, cinched our gear down, prayed and lit the wick! Not one for many words in the morning I wondered what the weather would be like going through the Teton Pass at 8,500' elevation. Leaving in rain light or heavy at the outset of a long riding day is not very motivating; what was motivating me, however, was the thought of seeing my wife and daughter in 3 and a half days and the knowledge that we would be riding through yet another part of Wyoming I had not experienced yet. Today would start in Driggs, Idaho and end eighteen hours later end in North Platte, Nebraska. Ron and I were oblivious to the forthcoming surprises waiting for us out on the road...

Our route for the day would be straight forward: US26 to US30. Riding past the Tetons, the wind showed up and would continue to push us from behind, left to right, and full-on, all day! The dampness enhanced the already cool morning, providing us with achy joints and cold hands. Shortly after passing Moran Junction we found the Hatchet Resort; there appeared-to-be a restaurant so we stopped for breakfast and to warm-up!

The restaurant was warm but the service was 'chilly'. Our waiter was more concerned about taking care of the international customers sitting behind me, than Ron and I. We aren't demanding and we like to tip big but this fella really did a poor job and the coffee was luke warm; he did not receive a very good tip!
US26 flows along next to the Wind River which slices through the Shoshone National Forest and the Bridger Teton National Forest. The Absoroka Mountain Range was to our left and to our right were the very prominent and scenic Wind River Mountains! We encountered a good stretch of construction and had the opportunity to do a little 'dirt biking'on a section of unpaved US26 as we crossed over the Continental Divide. Around Dubois, the wind REALLY kicked in along with a good spray of rain! Dubois looked like a really interesting town but we had to make miles and time! Eventually the Absaroka Mountain Range receded to the north and the Wind River Mountains receded to the south as we entered the flat basin area of the Wind River Indian Reservation. From here on out the mountains would become distant landmarks on the horizon now that we were in a basin...Not wanting to miss out on an opportunity to fuel up, we stopped for gas in Crowheart but the wind did not stop...


Despite the wind Ron and I continued on steadily down the dark gray highway and soon we were passing through the town of Shoshoni; we passed through Shoshoni on our way up to Powell almost a week ago. With the sun now shinning brightly above us and Shoshoni behind us we entered into Fremont County. From Shoshoni to Casper there is not very much in the way of civilization, as a matter of fact, it is 156 miles to Casper from Shoshoni! This portion of Wyoming is very desert like and with the exception of the distant mountains, pretty flat! So, when I saw a lone rider standing next to a black Roadking out in the proverbial 'middle-of-nowhere', I thought it was a bit odd and slowed down...

1 comment:

  1. "And that's when the sexual escapades began, far worse than those I experienced during my stint in Folsom prison!"............
    See Chris, you shouldn't leave me in suspense, my mind goes weird places!

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