This morning I left Fort Collins in the fog and rain and fought both all day. As soon as I headed into the mtns the temp dropped to high 30s and 40s and stayed there all day. I am not warm.
Today’s sections of trail (from Steamboat to Pinedale) were mostly flat double track or gravel roads and didnt have anything too exciting. Except for anyone who’s a Tremors fan:
Late afternoon I crossed over the Oregon Trail… and even though its the wrong direction, I couldn’t resist and I rode it for several miles. It is a protected landmark (you’re still allowed to ride it) in Wyoming so it is as it was 150 years ago…an unimproved mud track. It turns out the same reason today was kind of boring is why it made the best spot to head west in the 1800s, its the flatest spot to cross the Continental Divide (but still at an elevation of 7500-9000ft)
I don’t think I have seen Antelope before, but they are everywhere out here. They are skittish but very curious. Every time I would ride up on a group, they would bounce off as quickly as possible until they were at the crest of the next hill and then they would stop… turn around and watch me slowly roll by.
Tonight I am setting up shop in Pinedale, WY. I knocked out two big sections today and tomorrow I head into the Tetons and then possibly towards Yellowstone. Its getting seriously cold and Banff is still about 800 miles North. I have no doubt I will be riding sections in snow soon.
Tomorrow’s initial route: