CGY 2015: Day 6

Friday, August 21, 2015Cody, WY to Willwood, WY to Penrose, WY to Lovell, WY to Deaver, WY to Powell, WY / 80 miles

The ride from Cody to Powell meandered through dry desert. The route was flat and smoky. Notice the haze in all of the pictures.

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Steve circling back to ride with me in the desert.
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Cool rock formations

Where there was irrigation, there was farming–wheat, alfalfa, corn, and hay. The temperatures were nice and warm for a change.

Combining wheat
Combining wheat
Cutting alfalfa
Cutting alfalfa
Nice green alfalfa in the desert
Nice green alfalfa in the desert
Steve
Crazy as it seems, it was nice to sweat a little!

While I was riding along, I heard a loud whirring, whine and looked back to see a combine taking up almost the whole right side of the road, including the shoulder on which I was riding. It made me think of a Star Wars creature! Having it pass me was the most exciting event of the day…well, that, and the popsicles that CGY gave us at one of the rest-stops!

Notice the nice, wide shoulder of the road. People often ask us about riding on the roads, but in the West, the width of the shoulders make it better than places near home where there is no pavement past the white line.

BIG combine passing!
BIG combine passing!
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The natural state of this area is DRY.

After we returned to camp, the evening announcements included a warning to make sure that we securely staked down our tents for the night. They were expecting a dry storm. Being from Georgia, we had never heard of a dry storm! They told us that a dry storm is a severe thunderstorm with high winds (20-30 mph, with gusts to 50-60), possible lightning, and probably no rain. The storm was predicted to precede a cold front. Bleh! Predictions were correct and the winds began about dusk.

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