- Buffalo to Gillette, WY
- 73 miles (1455 total)
- 2093′ climbing
- Picnic at 9:30 am
After yesterday’s challenging ride we were sorely in need of a rest day (pun intended). While we didn’t technically get one, we did have a much shorter and easier day. Who would’ve thought that 73 miles would ever be considered a rest day?! But with only 2093′ of climbing it did seem relatively easy, even with the afternoon headwinds. Check out that Wyoming flag. We made it to “picnic” by 9:30 am. They intentionally don’t call it “lunch” as it can be at any time. And we were in to the high school by about 2 pm, our earliest day yet. We have our first massages scheduled massages this afternoon.
Given that all but the first 5 miles and the last 10 miles were on I-90 there’s not very much to report. Unless you want to hear about the impact of a semi whizzing by at 75mph when you’re standing still on the shoulder. Since Spencer has picked up my sore throat, he’s taking a nap while I write, for a change.
There was some bad news today. One of the Coast-to-Coasters had a freak accident and is going to fly home for surgery. Such a bummer. It certainly points out the inherent hazards of undertaking a trip like this. A random piece of road trash ended her journey. Kathy was raising money for a different cause every week. We’re going to look into taking on her efforts, if possible, and will keep you posted.
All the best to Kathy. I’ve enjoyed her pics and posts.
Note from 2013: This school was hosting a girls’ basketball tournament the next day. Lots of activity on a very hot night.