Today’s Stats: Miles 68, +/- Elevation, 1,821/2,096, Total Miles 2,644.
Had early start due forecast of winds in afternoon. The first 56 miles of ride were beautiful then the wind started. Today’s ride featured 2 more crossings of the Continental Divide.
We were making plans for early arrival when 30 plus mph head winds started when we had 12 miles left in ride! No fun and the hardest ride on trip so far. Those last 12 miles took 4 hours to battle the wind. For 3 miles of 12 had to get off the bike and walk as could hardly stand and hold bike upright.
We made it to the Split Rock Bar and Cafe and immediately downed three bottles of Gatorade, water and soda. We ordered dinner from Bill and older gentleman who was the waiter, bartender and cook. Nothing like having a dozen cyclists walk in the door of this sleepy town kind of overwhelming for sure. He did not seem to be moving very fast but took care of everyone.
Wyoming landscapes so different than Colorado.
Mark looking good
2nd crossing of Continental Divide
Split Rock with it’s gunsight notch.
3rd crossing of Continental Divide
After some food and drink. A short ride down a dirt road lead us to the Jeffrey City Community Church our lodging for the night. They have been hosting cyclists for many years and have showers, a big kitchen and plenty of room for cyclists to spread out and sleep.
Bicyclists encouraged to write messages on wall.
Sunset from churches front steps as you can see we are out on prairie.
Nick an Eastbound cyclist from Cary-IL
We had quite the crowd 12 Westbound and 1 Eastbound cyclist.