Lovin' Lander

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. 

 

Max, as well as the rest of the crew, mow the lawn at the Lander Methodist Church.  

Max, as well as the rest of the crew, mow the lawn at the Lander Methodist Church.  

 

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.

 

These kids were awesome!   

These kids were awesome! 

 

We were mobbed. It was a great moment.  

We were mobbed. It was a great moment.  

Thanks again Rev. Mark for a great night in Lander. It's one of our top towns so far! 

Thanks again Rev. Mark for a great night in Lander. It's one of our top towns so far!