The troops were absolutely giddy about getting to "sleep in" today with ride-out being 8:30 a.m. instead of the usual 6:30. Only 50 miles and 1,000' of climbing today compared to 150 miles and 7,500' of climbing yesterday. Today was like a real vacation with everyone's spirits being light, chattering all down the highway, bunched up at the rest stops rather than the usual grab and go to grind some more miles.
Some fun notes from the past few days for which there wasn't time to mention what for long days and tired bods.
On Sunday, climbing to Evanston, WY, way up at 9,000' the butterflies were as prevalent as moths around lights at night in the summer time. They'd fly right into me and then flutter off. Never seen so many in "the wild" before.
Here's proof we were at 9,000'
The descent that day was possibly even more remarkable, at least for Jonathan and Neil. That was the 15 mile descent from 9,000' to 4,500' so they had up quite a head of steam. A pick-up truck passed them, paused to hold up as they rode beside the riders giving the two female passengers sufficient time to fully flash their bare chests. Good technical riding on the riders' part to keep their wheels on the road.
Now, back to today--Vernal-->Rangely.