The Great Basin of southwestern Wyoming was on our agenda for today with a final destination of Rawlins, Wy.
It is a long, long slog (132 plus miles) and required a early start (4:30 am wake-up and 5:30 breakfast) because of the length of the ride and the predicted unstable weather.
We were camping in Atlantic City for the evening after our 90 mile ride from Pinedale.
Yep….population about 57. AND our campsite just HAD to be an additional mile and 500 foot climb beyond. Must have a Birdseye view of this beauty!
Our 4:30 wake up took everything I had to climb from my snuggly sleeping bag and then attempt my first ever “dark tent takedown”.
This is what 4:30 a.m. wake up looks like after a 90 mile ride the day before.
I set a personal and first ever record for getting my tent taken down in pitch black dark without stumbling over my own two feet and not losing anything…..to the best of my knowledge.
I also experienced my first headlamp breakfast action in 47 degree weather.
An interesting early morning breakfast. Don’t really want to start conversations as people turn to chat and blast you with their headlamp. Lesson learned.
So, that started the day.
The overall route to Rawlins, Wy. was 132 miles split over the next two days with some shuttling involved.
The weather in the morning was cold and not promising so I jumped the shuttle with intent to get out at a planned lunch stop and roll from there.
Ole “42” took a van ride today! We both loved it!
After mounting up when weather cleared we hoped to make a run for Rawlins and get to a hotel room for a well deserved real shower!
But, Mother Nature decided other excitement was in store for us. About 20 miles outside of the town we were greeted by a fast moving thunderstorm with mucho lightning and 40 mph plus wind gusts. Storm approaching.
It literally blew us off the road and with lightning flashing all around we sought shelter in a ditch. ￼
On TV tonight they described the lightning storms as epic. Yours truly finding a culvert to dive into 😳.
The storm was powerful, lowered the temp precipitously and we spent another 90 minutes huddled up awaiting the shuttle to arrive. Turns out our hotel had lost power in the storm along with large parts of the city.
Emerging from my storm shelter. I honestly kept looking behind me the whole time expecting some critter companion to join me at any time. Had my knife ready! Lucky I didn’t hurt myself!
Enough excitement for one day.