Day 17 - Dubois to Riverton WY
Mileage: 79 miles
Weather: Low 40s to start. Low 80s to end. Winds were mostly light to start. They built a bit in the afternoon, mostly at our backs.
Highlights of the day:
Happy Fourth of July! It’s AbB jersey day. It seemed more than appropriate with the red, white, and blue. It worked really nicely with the red rocks, blue sky and white clouds. There was definitely a theme going on here. Not sure what Riverton has in store for us. Not sure I could even think of staying awake late enough to see fireworks. I hope someone takes pictures.
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 fix a flat or two. We ate and watered and then spun easily into the second SAG stop. We rode the last stretch into the hotel with the wind at our backs. No severe thunderstorms. No dangerous winds. No triple digit temperatures. Yes, this is Riverton. I double checked as we were coming into town. While the riders might not know it, the staff is finding this all a little strange.
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. Not sure how friendly the winds will be but not much we can do other than relax and ride our ride. It is time again to rest and refuel.