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Jun 2, 2017 - Day 34 - Lander to Muddy Gap, WY

Today’s ride to Muddy Gap, WY was a winding, windy and rainy 84-mile ride with 3,333’ of ascent. Originally, I had planned to ride only 60 miles to Jeffrey City. However, I arrived there too early to quit for the day, especially since I had picked up a terrific tailwind. Jeffrey City, population 58 and elevation 6335', looks like a depressed and dying area. It is on a list of ghost towns. Our friends, Justin and Ashtyn, spent the night there 2 days ago in an abandoned church. The church is just west of town and looks to be in good...

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Jul 11, 2009 - Independence Rock

Independence Rock along the Sweetwater River in central Wyoming is the most famous landmark on the Oregon Trail. It is named Independence Rock because pioneers needed to arrive at that rock by the 4th of July in order to have enough time to make it over the western mountain ranges before winter storms. Independence Rock is mentioned more than any other landmark in pioneer journals. It is also known as registry in the desert because pioneers would carve their names into the rock. The Mormon church stationed stone masons there to carve the...

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Apr 28, 2008 - Following the trails

Today we drove out of Casper west to follow for a while the historic trails. Our first stop was the Red Buttes Crossing/ Bessemer Bend. This was one of the places where travelers forded the North Platte River .for the last time, and started the push toward the Sweetwater River. This crossing was mostly used in the early years because after 1847, ferries became available. We then took the backcountry route following closely the line of the Oregon and Mormon trails. Ruts are still visible along the side of the road and you get a clear...

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