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Thursday, July 10, 03


I am currently sitting in a library in Gordon, Nebraska after riding somewhere between 96 and 100+ miles. (Our cycling computers don't agree) We are staying at a Masonic temple and are finally indoors for the first time since Mr and Mrs Shumakers graciously provided us with a hotel in Duboise, Wyoming. Josh is at my side doing pictures, Mark and Mike are finding me food, Moses is driving here from a wedding, and Morgan and Jesse are currently unaccounted for but most likely on their way after an extended break of some sort. That, or they were eaten by a bear, but since we are NO LONGER IN WYOMING that is probably not the case. Most likely the bear would throw Morgan back anyway, 'cause he's little, and Jesse ... well... needs a shower, so at least the bear won't enjoy it's meal very much. We'll let you know.

And now, for the some stories...

Posted by Seager @ 08:06 PM CST Link [more] |

Unfortunately I'm having some technical difficulties with my camera. It still works, however I can no longer plug it in to the wall to recharge the battery because the plug broke. My external battery charger should be arriving on Saturday with Jesse's girlfriend Corrie, but until then I'm trying to conserve the little battery power that I have left for taking pictures. There aren't nearly as many good pictures because the scenery around eastern Wyoming and Nebraska isn't quite as impressive as the mountains (however, biking is a lot easier), but hopefully I will get a post up before we arrive in Omaha.

Posted by Josh @ 08:00 PM CST Link |

Tuesday, July 8, 03

Continuation of yesterday: Casper - Glenrock
We made it a short day and we're staying in Douglas, Wyoming tonight. Now for the news since the last update. The last 20 miles into Glenrock were a different story for everybody. Morgan and I left Casper early enough to avoid the storm that had been brewing for a few days. This means we got to experience the last (we hope) of the strong headwinds from the storm front. The winds made an about turn while Mark, Seager, and Mike were on the road and they got a good push for awhile until Mark got another flat tire. The storm overtook them and it started to hail. Luckily, some nice cowboy stopped and let them sit in his car for a few minutes until it was done hailing. In the process of fixing the flat, Seager's tire pump bit the dust. Guess it has seen a bit too much action in the first half of the trip.

Josh wanted to stay at Hells Half Acre for the sunrise to take some photos, so we all left before he was awake. It turns out Josh pulled a Norm (woke up about 5 hours later) and then had to do some swift biking to make it to Casper in time to upload some photos, get some food and then ride to Glenrock. He wasn't done riding till 10:15pm.

Today: Glenrock - Douglas
Instead of pitching tents last night, we decided to stay in the dugouts at the baseball fields in the town park. The dugouts were covered and faced away from the direction of the storm. We planned on getting another early start the next day in order to get in plenty of miles. Then it happened again... ATTACK OF THE SPRINKLERS! About midnight, we woke up soked and cold. Whoever put in the sprinkler system in Glenrock Town Park decided that our particular dugout needed to be watered along with the grass. By the time we woke up, everything was already soaked, so I just covered the sprinkler with a trash can and we spent another four hours of sleep in the cold puddles left in the dugout.

Last night led to a short day today. Lack of sleep and sore joints after a few tough days led us to take a short day today. There is not much between here and Lusk so we decided it was best to stay here tonight.

Now for some good news. We went swimming in the North Platte River today and then we took free showers at the tidy town park in Douglas. Better yet, now that the cold front has passed through the winds are out of the West again. We hope to put in a lot of miles tomorrow and make it to Crawford, Nebraska.

Posted by Jesse @ 05:54 PM CST Link |

Monday, July 7, 03

We're in Casper at the moment, going to finish in Glenrock for the night shortly. Since we last updated, we've been in a parade, almost died because of headwinds, seen some nice terrain, and bough far too many bagels. I'll explain all of that in a bit but now for today. Jesse and Morgan woke up early (4 am) to get a jump on the wind. Since the wind wasn't gone when they left, Mike, Seager, Josh and myself all kept sleeping. Seager, Mike and I left around 7 in attempt to beat the wind at least a little. It was somewhat calm when we left and it stayed that way all 40-some miles to Casper. We got some bottom brackets tightened at Mountain Sports, a very cool store to say the least. There is/was a special on bagels at the local super market, buy 1 get 2 free. Since we need cheap bread type products to feed us we all did this. There are 18 bagels on my bike right now, they're kind of heavy, but soo cheap I couldn't pass them up. Hopefully the wind will stay down or at our backs these next 20 miles or so to Glenrock. Now for the last few days:

Posted by Mark @ 04:48 PM CST Link [more] |




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