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Grandpa Lost His Mind
A Journal - Crossing America by Bicycle

May 28, 2007      Miles 43      Total miles 1670


I stayed in Rawlins, WY last night. I was planning to get up early and get a long day of riding in but the wind was blowing hard and my enthusiasm waned. I rode from Rawlins to Sinclair, WY where there is a Sinclair refinery. I wonder who figured out where all these pipes go.

Today was the first day I rode on the interstate highway. There was a 13 mile stretch from Sinclair to Walcott. There was a very wide shoulder and I never felt unsafe. The roads I have been on in Wyoming are worse, by far, than the other states I traveled. When I turned south at Walcott the road was brand new. It is very smooth and has a nice shoulder. The drivers on Hwy 130 were very good.
Sometimes you will see over a mile of snow fence. You can't tell by the picture but these fences look to be at least 15' or more tall. They are placed strategically to keep snow from drifting across the roads.
I am amazed at all the cyclists I encounter as I ride along. Today I met Jess Sweet as he was riding about 30 miles or more from Ryan Park to Rawlins. He has been riding bikes for over thirty five years and wants to someday do a cross country ride himself. He has done some very long rides already. He once rode from Rawlins, WY to Des Moines, Iowa and he also did a very grueling ride along the Continental Divide from Canada to New Mexico.

Wyoming is a beautiful, beautiful state. There is a lot of diversity in the landscape. Yellowstone had very high sharp peaks. The Grand Tetons are massive rocks jutting skyward. The Wind River Indian Reservation had the most beautiful colored mountainsides. The prairies go on and on and on. Now I am in an area with prairies with mountains in the backdrop again.

From a cyclists point of view, the roads leave a lot to be desired but you would not be bothered at all in a car.
Can you believe this trail is still here after a century and a half? These are old wagon tracks from days gone by. It seems I read that the Overland Trail was established by the US Postal Service. It carried nearly 20,000 emigrants a year west between 1862 and 1868. During that time, the trail was the only route on which the U.S. government would allow travel due to continuing Indian uprising conflicts on the Oregon Trail. It would be interesting to know how they carried enough water to survive the long, long journeys across Wyoming.

Yet more antelope. I don't know how many antelope I have seen but the number would easily be in the hundreds.