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Old 06-28-2014, 04:56 PM   #26
Jeffrode OP
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Day 5 To Jackson WY

6/27/2014: Today

The day started out at a reasonable time since it was all going to be highway and only a little over 200 miles. As we were starting we were scared about what the weather would do throughout the day.

It looked like it might turn out nasty. We started with these great farm roads which show us small town America and where all of our food comes from.

We continued and wrapped along I-80 on a frontage road and next to this incredible. Had little showers in the morning but today we were headed for the sun not the rain.

We continued towards our first gas stop and in my dadís typical fashion his route ended on being tougher than he thought. We ran into a gravel dirt road, it wasnít too bad since it was fairly well maintained and only 5 miles long but the scooter doesnít like any dirt at all.

By now the sky was turning awfully dark so we decided to just have a quick snack and skip lunch in order to beat the rain. We made it to another dirt road that we though was only dirt up through the canyon but 10 miles later decided that it must continue all the way to the next gas which was another 50 miles. We turned around and had to reroute but by now the storm caught up with us. For the next hour we battled our way out and finally made it to the clear. Good thing we made it out of there in time.

We had a long 40 mile to our next gas stop and then yet again we had to get ready for the rain to make the last 40 miles into Wyoming. Ten miles into the final section we had to stop at a construction zone and then somebody got out of the car behind us and wanted to talk to us about our journey. We then continued up the road another mile or two and decided that the rain was going to get worse so we were going to put more clothes on. The same couple stopped and offered us to stay at their house. We battled our way up the hill and into Wyoming.

Half way up the hill we entered Wyoming and had to have a quick stop and get a picture. We then continued up the mountain. This was our hardest climb yet, it was a 10-15% slope in the middle of the pouring down rain on the worst gas that they have had, 85 which was the only gas at the last stop, as well as being over 7000 ft. It was a long and hard climb we dropped down to 10-15 miles per hour and still we being passed by fully loaded semiís. We finally made it to the top and there wasnít even a summit sign. We dropped into town and got to stay at this amazing guest house right on the river. We went out for dinner and it is time to call it a day.

So we had a get dinner and it is time to hit the hay today was a long day covering 250 mile with 5 hours of that being in the nasty rain. Our rain clothes worked great and we stayed dry which made the whole lot more bearable. Tomorrow we are making the journey through Yellowstone and then staying at the other side so it should be scenic and slow moving mile perfect for the scooters.

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