I finally left Denver in good weather and cycled pretty much due north. Quite a bit of traffic most of the way. I was stuck on highway 287 which was busy with constant cars and trucks. Fortunately there was a nice shoulder, so I just put in my podcast and listened to Revolutions, by Mike Duncan.
My first night out I found a campsite in a field near Longmont just as a storm was brewing nearby. I waited about half an hour then decided I was going to get hit by it so I set up my tent and rain fly and stuffed everything inside.
Not only did it rain but hail too?
Continuing north I had a real tough day as I entered Wyoming. Uphill all day, about 30 miles, which took about 10 hours. I figured about 3000 ft elevation gain. here I am at the state line and my campsite at about 8000 feet. A little chilly and windy but quiet and peaceful. Only me and some antelopes.
I rested half a day in Laramie before heading out northwest again. As I was riding on a highway I saw an antelope by the side of the road and thought it was dead. But when I got closer it moved. I thought at first it was stuck in the barbed wire fence so I stopped and went over for a closer look. I think it must have been hit by a car because it’s legs were broken and there was blood on it.
It tried to get up but could not walk. It was a terrible thing to see. I wanted to put it out of its misery but how? I could not think of anything to do so I just left it there. Poor thing. Coyotes will end its suffering soon.
Moving on, Wyoming is great because it is so sparsely populated. I stopped in one small town then rode a couple miles and camped out in this field. Not a soul around.
I got on some back roads which offered nice views, but slow going.
Typical roads in southern Wyoming. I haven’t seen a tree since I’ve been here.
I got one one back road and saw this sign. George Wyman was apparently the first person to cycle across the USA in 1903. Who knew?
Well I think that’s enough for this post. The plan is to continue west and then northwest into Idaho and then Oregon on my way to Seattle. Here is my current location:
Interesting short style of writing and great to see a clinical approach to the realities of certain lifestyles in America.
Wow! Inspiring me!
You prob could’ve called the county or DNR to kill the poor thing. They prob would’ve said “are you nutz?”.