Monday, August 11, 2014

Location: - Dubois WY Miles = 69, Ave MPH = 12.3 Cum. Miles = 1561

Sunday August 10

Quote the Day: "Going into thin air".

So there wasn't any wildlife in Yellowstone but that doesn't preclude wildlife in the restaurant at Colter Bay.

They have a very nice buffet breakfast and the fastest Internet upload speeds I have ever experienced anywhere - blazingly fast - I don't know how they do it out here so far from  "civilization".

Other people at the restaurant madly making use of the fast Internet speeds. 3 of 5 deeply into their phones:

The next few shots are of Colter Bay:

This is the challenge for today - Colter Bay to Dubois with a 2500 foot climb thrown in up to almost 9700 feet. I think this may be the thinnest air I have ever been in and certainly in the last 45 years and at exercise activity level. By the way I highly recommend the book "Into Thin Air" regarding the ill fated climb up Mt Everest - It truly is difficult to put down!!!!

1/8 of the way up the Togwotee Pass

About 1/2 way up the pass I caught up Sly and Nate (Sly on left). This was a selfie we took at one of the false crests in this ascent. We still had about 3 miles to go:

Just some flowers up there:

One of the amazing views from the peak:

This is the sign  that tells drivers going the opposite way about the climb we just made and the descent they will make. This was a 9.3 Freebird climb and lasted 17 miles. One reason it wasn't so bad was that the Wyoming road shoulders are very smooth so it reduces rolling resistance:

View on our descent:

We stopped at this restaurant on the way down with the plan to just get water:

The very personable waitress Nicki convinced us to stay for dinner which was a very good choice - great beef brisket:

I found out why Nicki was so charming - turns out she is from Ellicottville NY not very far from where I grew up. She graduated in Springville NY where we once had a farm:

View from the restaurant:

View closer to Dubois:

And just across the road this view:

Nate and Sly had arranged to stay at this church which was open to us when we arrived - St Thomas Episcopal:

A new experience for me - showering at the local laundry mat. 50 cents per minute so I didn't shave in there:):)

Nate and Sly have a different route in mind which we will talk over at breakfast.

It's time folks please.......
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