Day 17 - Dubois to Riverton WY
Mileage: 79 miles
Weather: Low 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Wind at our backs to start the day. Annoying but not too strong head winds to end the day.
Highlights of the day:
After two challenging days with significant climbing, today’s route was primarily downhill. We had to lose 2000’ in elevation and the riders seemed to enjoy it. Downhill with a tailwind, we flew into the first SAG stop with a few stops to take pictures (see below) and perhaps fix a flat or two. We ate and watered and then spun easily into the second SAG stop. Then the wind decided we were being spoiled and got together with the temperatures to give a headwind with much warmer temperatures. Clouds wanted nothing to do with us so we enjoyed all the warmth the sun had to offer. It’s been a while since we had really warm temperatures so we can’t complain too loudly but suffice it to say it was quite warm to end the day. DQ definitely did well by AbB on shakes and ice cream sales. Hmmm… perhaps there was a collusion of sorts between the elements and DQ going on here. ;-)
The landscape has been changing rapidly over the past few days. Towering mountains with tall pines have given way to rolling hills covered with sage. Today’s vistas started with what appear to be sedimentary hills. Lots of layers on buttes and hills. Ten miles down the road, it changed to red rock. Bright red rock. The pictures either look surreal or don’t do them justice. Eventually, the scenery calmed down to what we will be seeing lots of over the next several days. Wide open high desert vistas with sage brush, tumble weeds, and a small stand of hardy trees every once in a rare a while.
Tomorrow we ride to Casper. 120 miles. It is time again to rest and refuel.