Friday, June 14th, 2013
I woke up at 6:30 to a surprise. I was warned the night before that it was supposed to get cold but I didn’t expect ice. There was frost everywhere including my motorcycle, but what surprised me the most was the large frozen raindrops all over it.
I dried everything as best I could and packed up my tent and belongings, before starting my frozen motorcycle. I had to warm my hands a couple of times under the hand dryer in the washroom to get some feeling back into them again.
I finally left Yellowstone at 8 pm and headed south towards. The temperature was 2 C ( 34 F ) but it was 20 C ( 68 F ) by the time I reached Jackson, Wyoming just before noon.
The landscape changed dramatically during the day from the vibrant forested mountain tops to lush valley grasslands surrounded by snow-capped mountains near Jackson followed by rocky and barren hills and flatlands as I approached Rawlins.
I took a picture of the landscape that people in the area wake up to and I wondered if they are as unappreciative of the beautiful mountains as I am of Niagara Falls due to its familiarity.
The ride was enjoyable. The roads were not very busy and I was able to cruise with beautiful scenery in the background while listening to Patsy Cline tell me I’m ‘ Crazy ‘ ( true ), the Beatles telling me I need ‘ Help ‘ ( definitely ), Pink Floyd telling me I have ‘ Brain Damage ‘ ( the lunatic is in my head, you take the blade, you make the change, you re-arrange me tell I’m sane ), Linda Ronstadt telling me I move the beat of a ‘ Different Drum ‘ and Michael Smith telling me I have received ‘ Amazing Grace – My Chains are Gone ‘ ( not deserved but I am grateful ). Steppenwolf insinuated that I was ‘ Born to be Wild ‘ but that persona doesn’t match the BMW and the riding gear. It’s more like ‘ Geeks on Wheels’.
It became extremely windy, just before I arrived in Rawlins. As mentioned before, the motorcycle sliced through it without problem but the wind resistance from the rider almost sent me flying to Oz with Dorothy and Toto. ‘ NO ‘ Jim…that doesn’t mean that I would rather be ‘ short ‘ ( or more politically correct, vertically challenged ), because then I would need a ladder and pedal extenders to ride the bike!
I have met a number of interesting people from different walks of life, each with their own story to tell.
On Saturday, I will be heading towards the Denver area to see what mischief I can get into.
2 thoughts on “Day 11 – Yellowstone to Rawlins”
It was really good to hear from you. We were getting a little worried since we had not heard from you in a few days. It sounds like your trip might be a little more of an adventure than you bargained for. I love your positive attitude and sense of adventure .
We are so lookin forward to our trip in September based on your blog and pictures. God certainly created a beautiful playground for us.
We are just sorry we will miss you on your trip back home since we are packing for our own adventure.
Be safe and see you as soon as we can coordinate our crazy schedules.
Pete and Kathy
It is unfortunate that we won’t be able to meet next weekend on my trip back home but I look forward to getting together in July to compare trip notes.
Will you be helping build a home, a school or a hospital?
I know that you have taken all the precautions for your trip but be careful.
I’ll be thinking of you. Take plenty of pictures.