Cycling Date: Saturday 04-July-15
Mileage: 106 miles
Weather: Sunny. Low 60s to start. Mid 90s to end. Tailwinds to the 2nd SAG. More in our face for the last 40 miles. Very few clouds.
Highlights of the day:
Happy Fourth of July!
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 with a slight hitch. We had to shuttle the riders through a 4 mile stretch of construction. It was relatively short. The staff was very efficient. We got through it with minimal delay. The section we were able to ride had nice rollers. And a tailwind. Then it was off the interstate and on to a frontage road. 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.
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. Peach pies. Pecan pies. Pies ala mode. We definitely supported the local economy today.
Sated with pie and ice cream, we pushed on for the last 10 miles. It was mostly downhill. Mostly. With a bit of a headwind. We’ll celebrate the 4th of July with a picnic dinner and then I think most of the riders will call it an early night. There are fireworks tonight but I’m not sure who all will stay up until it gets dark. Long day today. Long day tomorrow. Time to rest up!