Sometimes when I get to sit down at night to record the excitement of the day, it seems like the start of the day was so long ago!!
So this morning, we had a quick breakfast of fried eggs and toast at Penny's diner in Rawlins. Quite dreading the road ahead, we knew we were going to have to navigate I-80 Eastbound for about 15 miles, not only riding on the Interstate but knowing it was under construction! According to the instructions we had, all the eastbound traffic was diverted to the westbound lanes for about 6 miles, there were no shoulders going eastbound! Ugh! It sounded horrible! Traveler headed east that stopped and spoke to us warned us of the horrible conditions! It was up ahead and we had to face it!
We started the day by adding our new visors to our helmets! They are called DaBrim and give us extra protection from the sun on our faces and our backs. They look a little crazy, but let's see how they work!
We left Rawlins and had peace and quiet for about 7 1/2 miles, going thru Sinclair, a refinery and reminding us that not all of the miles are peaceful and tree filled! I-80 loomed in the distance.
We actually entered the highway to find it a beautiful road, with a wide smooth shoulder and it was quite an easy ride! If we had this for 15 miles, there would be no problem! But soon the warning signs of construction ahead were on the side of the road and before you knew it the traffic was diverted!
So we stopped. We could see the original eastbound lanes were milled, and that was all. We figured there would be stuff dug up ahead. But we decided to take the dead lanes and the milled surface and take what comes ahead. There was NO WAY we were going to ride in that flow of traffic! You could see by the bicycle tire marks in the soft dirt, travelers ahead of us made the same choice. We did come upon the road being torn up and dug down to dirt, but we were lucky being Saturday, there was no active work so we snuck thru, walked our bikes when needed, even took the opportunity to stop at their "facilities" and carried on! Before you know it we were back on track, the traffic was rediverted to the normal traffic flow and we only had one mile before we exited! I-80 DONE!!! It was freakin' awesome and such a blessing to find it on a Saturday! Believe me we passed on the advise to all Westbound bikers!
We turned east on Wyoming highway 130 and it has to be the most desolate, isolated area we have ridden thru yet! windy, yes! Headwind, well not exactly, but not exactly behind us either!
The time and miles actually clicked under us way quicker than it felt like it might and we found ourselves in Saratoga, WY just in time for lunch. The thing about Saratoga, we heard from every westbound traveler is you MUST stop at the hot springs in Saratoga! Really beautiful, in the natural river and free! We had a bit of lunch and stopped for a quick soak! Heavenly! It was so fun to just stop riding, take a break and then finish the remaining 20 miles! Usually we push thru!
The last 20 miles were . . .ok! The last few the wind decided to fight us but it was worth the effort! Oh there was one little mishap on the last leg of the day. We were nice and relaxed after our hot spring soak, but doing ok on the rolling roads. One little stretch up, i had my usual groove working! Head down, deep in thought with everything but the hill! I had my new DaBrim on, and it does reduce my peripheral vision just a bit, so I have to be careful when my head is down. I learned the hard way, I looked up just in time to see Mike had stopped and i ran square into the back of his bike and fell over!! Crazy, right??? No harm done, a little shaky but nothing serious! Just a lesson learned the hard way! We carried on and fought the wind and threat of rain for the last 5 miles!
Made it before the rain and were welcomed into the Lazy Acres RV Park and campground! Always have a place for bicycles! They were so kind and did everything to make sure we had what we needed!! Got the tent set up and showered and still no rain! How lucky are we?? The local restaurant is also host to the Antique Motorcycle group and BMW motorcycle groups tonight, the place was rockiin'! We had a most delicious meal, a rather large Wyoming size refreshment and a great conversation with local mountain lion hunter Lonnie! bicycle travel and entertainment at it best!
A laundry here in the par, so we have a fresh start tomorrow! Colorado here we come! It was a fantastic day! Love this trip and all of you! thanks for hanging with us!
I just could not get my photos to load onto the blog, not enough juice at the campground i guess, and not a strong enough phone signal to use my hotspot . . . So I will catch up when I can!!