Saturday, July 10, 2010

AAN Day 20 - Casper to Lusk, WY

Daily Statistics:
Mileage: 106.9 miles Average Speed: 16.1 mph
Vertical: 3004 feet Depart: 6:26 AM Arrive: 1:41 PM
Calories: 6885

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Today was certainly a lot more of Wyoming wide open spaces. I started the day riding with Gary and Margot Weinstein. Gary has returned to join us for a couple of days. This meant a pretty solid but not too demanding pace through the first SAG. The next two pictures typify the openness of this area. First is the sign for the "town" of Lost Springs, population 1. We had seen a few others with as low as 10, but this was the new record. We were clearly multiplying the population significantly. Alison Tims, our new high school grad, is modeling with the sign for the group of us taking pictures.

This next shot is from a stretch of Interstate 25, where we rode about 14 miles. Even the interstate has pretty sparse traffic, and not much to see.

After the second SAG, I joined a small paceline about 10 miles before the third SAG, which was nice. I went the final miles on my own. Our destination, the town of Lusk, population under 1500, was having their rodeo parade, the Legend of Rawhide, this evening. Here are a couple of shots of the parade, to give you the flavor. There were also lots of politicians in cars campaigning, a car club, all the local emergency vehicles, a bunch of wild guys on horses racing up and down the route, and most of the vehicles were tossing candy to the kids.

Tomorrow, we have another near 100 mile day to move on into South Dakota.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Ah, for one day of traffic like that! I watched that video of the guy going down the Tetons. I'm pretty sure I don't want to go 49.9 mph on a bike. With my luck, I'd clinch the wrong brake and do a eight-mile cartwheel. Take care out there!