TransAm - Day #60

Trip Start May 04, 2007
Trip End Aug 05, 2007

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

In Frisco via the mail I received for our Group a box of cookies from daughter Stephanie and her neighbor Mrs. Freddie. The next day via Fed Ex, I received a king cake from Gambino's of New Orleans compliments of the administrative staff of North Oaks Health System. That was a well received breakfast entrée for the morning we departed Frisco.
Leaving Frisco, CO we rode to Hot Springs where although we camped at a primitive site, we did have access to the adjacent hot springs and shower. The day's trip routed us around Lake Dillon, along the Blue and Colorado Rivers, Green Mountain Lake, and through Byers Canyon - beautiful day.
On the 30th of June we entered Wyoming riding from Walden, CO to Saratoga, WY. That day bald eagles, antelope, and prairie dogs were seen by all of us. We crossed the Platte River in Colorado and the North Platte River in Wyoming.
Yesterday was an 87 mile day punctuated by the infamous Wyoming winds (afternoon). A very tough day for all; but campsites are some distance apart in this area of the West. The destination for the evening was Sweet Water Crossing where the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Emigrant Trail crossed paths. We camped at the Mormon historic site along with several Mormons who were there to reenact a 14 mile crossing pulling hand carts identical to what was used by the original emigrants carrying their limited possessions.
To avoid the winds, this morning, I broke camp at 6:00 AM. for the relatively short 40 miles ride to Lander. Approximately 10 miles out of Sweet Water Crossing I was rewarded by an elevated vista of terrain that had an irregular multidirectional corrugated pattern. A combination of gently rounded and coarsely carved hills that displayed a panorama of pastel colors of gray, green, burnt orange, pink, and tan. The surface was sparsely covered with grass and the ubiquitous sage brush. All of this was augmented by the shadows created by the morning sunlight glancing over the surface. Later I saw red hills of post card quality. Up to this point one had to wonder why anyone would choose to live in Wyoming - wind blown barren plains; hot and dry in the summer and surely unbearably cold during the winters. But Wyoming, at this site (central northwest), at this time of the year, and this time of the day is beautiful.
Spending the 4th in Lander where we will go to the rodeo and ride in the parade!

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