Sunny skies! Not one cloud! Amazing!
I woke up and packed the bike to a very brisk morning in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 39 degrees to be exact but supposed to warm up to the mid 70's.
I rode up to the motorbike repair shop and found that my bike parts were overnighted from Texas and were at the shop and waiting for me at 10:15AM. So I had about 2 hours, maybe a little less to wait outside in the nice sun (it was warming up nicely today) while the new spricket and chain were getting installed.
I wanted to back-track a bit here and say that, in Montana, I noticed a bunch of Lewis & Clark signs all over the place. I believe one or both of them sidetracked up to Montana for a bit. Just some fun history for you all. Also, Matt had asked me if I was going to Devils mountain or peak or whatever its called. You know, from the movie "close encounters of the 3rd kind" I agreed that it would be a pretty cool sight to see, but after googling it, I found out that it is WAY up NE Wyoming, and I wasnt about to sidetrack that far out of my way. Maybe another trip, on another day.
The bike was finished, and she rode GREAT all day. The ride through the rest of Wyoming was a bit of a drag. flat, straight and pretty boring. But once I finally got into Utah. the colors changed, and the mountains returned. But this time, they were oranges, yellows, reds, browns. Very cool colors and very different from the grey and silver and white peaks of the north. I think I have finally reached the South. Less green, more browns. The roads also changed. twisting and bending through the mtns which became a very fun ride through northern Utah. and it warmed up to mid 80's today...perfect! and still no clouds!!
I saw chipmunks EVERYWHERE. Heck , one lil fella almost bit the dust underneath my bike tire, but thankfully he lives to see another day.
So today I thought about how one conquers things. I recently conquered riding a motorbike, and rode across the continent to Alaska. Something I wanted to prove to myself... and did! Personal goals that in many ways will enrich our lives and change us. I'm not so sure I feel a huge change yet, but I do notice differences that I see in life, people, places and even how I interact with them. Even how the world is filled with so many people. I have to say that I've run into more positive and friendly people then bad. I've also noticed that there is a WHOLE lot of uninhabited world out there, and...thats pretty cool. Though sometimes I miss the big city....but then...sometimes I don't
312 miles today
I still randomly honk at cows, I just don't count them anymore after all the millions I rode past in Montana and Wyoming.
I'm really looking fwd to seeing Ashley and the bub, and of course her Mom & Dad too. I'll be in new Mexico in about 3-4 days.
...and of course resting and chilling for a week or 2.. and hoping to be able to bend my fingers again.
miss you all
Kamila The question Why are you doing this? is very true. I have the same dream that I hope is cnoimg to light very soon. My reason, like yours, comes from the heart. In 2006 my teenage daughter was killed in an auto accident. It always feels as if I cant do enough to keep the memory of her alive. Three years ago I started planning this cross country trip from Alva, Oklahoma where she went to school and had the accident, to Westcliffe, Colorado where she was born. I began getting any supplies and gear I thought I would need, even different tack and a better saddle. I even found a different horse just for the trip, an 8 year old quarter gelding and the vet gave me the up to date coggin paper last week. My only reason for the delay has been having enough funds to leave behind for my wife to pay for things at home for what I believe will take about 35 days. Well, I believe I am at that point after three years of planning and day dreaming about this memorial ride, or Jessie's ride. In my thoughts and dreams of this trail ride I call it my personal Trail of Tears. And so to you on your journey I wish you well with the hand of Christ guiding the way.Rod