Cycling Date: Saturday 05-July-14
Mileage: 106 miles
Weather: Sunny. Low 60s to start. Mid 90s to end. Tailwinds again for most of the day. Scattered clouds appeared later in the day.
Highlights of the day:
The morning started with a ride through downtown Casper. Once out of town, we were treated to views of buttes and hills and the North Platte River. More tailwinds. They never get boring. Riders flew into the first SAG stop, refueled and flew to the 2nd SAG via I-25. It sported a very wide with a fair amount of old retread and wires. It was a good day for flats, if quantity accounts for something. It did have nice rollers. And a tailwind. Then it was off the interstate and on to a frontage road after navigating through our first real stretch construction. The road had more downhill than up. Lovely high dessert vistas. And a tailwind.
After the 2nd SAG, we turned on to Rte 18/20 East towards Lusk. It’s a two-lane highway that heads east as the name implies. This highway runs right along side a railroad that primarily carries coal cars. Union Pacific trains laden with coal head east and empty ones head back west towards Casper. Cyclists wave as they go by and signal for the engineers to blow the horn. Why? ‘Cuz it’s there and it’s fun. Oh, and if the engineer does indeed blow the horn? You win! Um, absolutely nothing except bragging rights.
Even with the tailwind, the long ride and playing with coal trains provided the perfect excuse to stop at the “3 Sisters Truck Stop” in Manville WY. Why? Pie! Fruit pies. Rhubarb pies. Pecan pies. Pies ala mode. We definitely supported the local economy today.
Last 10 miles? Mostly downhill. Wind mostly at our back. I’m humming the Old Irish Blessing as I bring this days entry to a close…