Since we only had 35 miles to go to get to Pinedale, we slept in until 07:00. It was about 40 degrees when we got up and the cafe mocha was hot and delicious! I did have to repeatedly chase a squirrel away that was trying to get into Johnny D’s food sack but he finally got the message.
We had a water filter failure so our start was delayed a bit while we employed the “camp” filtration system to top off all our water bottles. We finally hit the road around 09:50. We had about 3 miles of a miserably inadequate excuse for a dirt road then hit pavement! The next 30-35 miles were beautiful- some roly poly but some favorable winds as well. With the favorable conditions and our stronger legs, we averaged 13.6 mph for the 35 miles to Pinedale! This is a record that will surely never be broken during our lifetime.
We grabbed lunch and a refreshing ale in Pinedale- next is laundry, cleaning the bikes, then figuring out logistics between here and Rawlins- meaning crossing the arid Great Basin.
Daily totals: 35 miles and just under 1,000′ climbing
Ahhh, hot cafe mocha on a cold morning while standing in the sun a few feet from our campsite:
The squirrel that kept trying to get into Johnny D’s food sack:
Lovely start to the day- cool and a light tailwind:
The landscape is much drier here- vegetation is grasses, pretty yellow flowers and sage:
Funny sign at the Wind River Brewery where we had lunch:
Our cabin for the night: