Dubois WY to Lander WY- 75 miles
by David Hardy
Imagine 12 dirty and tired cyclists (9 from our group and 3 other XC riders) jammed into a small church basement trying to get some much needed sleep. In a room that small you hear every movement, every snore, every cough. For the newbie in the group, it was not the most restful night.
But it turned into a great day. The boys were up at 6:15 and soon the room was full of the sound deflating air mattresses. Then we were off to the Cowboy Cafe for Double Ups- 2 eggs, 2 pancakes and 2 slices of bacon for $5.99.
On the road by 8:15-for real, Karl!
David Margolis is leader for the week, and he did a great job setting the pace, scheduling the breaks and making decisions. As a result, we covered 74 miles without a hitch and rolled into Lander at 1:59pm.
Then more good luck. The town is packed for a climbing championship but Ed calls the local police who calls the minister of the Methodist Church, Mark ??? And he sets us up with a place to stay and free showers!
"What can we do in return?" I asked.
Ten minutes later the boys were mowing the church lawn.
An amazing day in the charming town of Lander.
A big chunk of today's ride was through a Shoshone Indian reservation. At the little hamlet of Fort Washakie we stopped for water. Around the corner came 15 or so little Shoshoni kids on a motley assortment of beat up bikes . It's the Boys and Girls Club Bicycle Club! So cute. They peppered us with questions and are quite excited to be on our blog.