This early July 2017 self-supported endurance ride started in the green forests of Teton National Park and ended at the high desert town of Rawlins, Wyoming. The plan was to ride about 80-85 miles each day and cover the 385-mile route in slightly over 4 days. The route follows the northern Wyoming section of the 2700-mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. The days were long and hot, and averaged 9-hours in the saddle. We were exhausted at the end of each day. Food and water was scarce to non-existent. Crossing the Great Divide Basin was nearly 60-miles between water holes. Leaving the cool temperatures of the mountains was replaced by hot and dry temperatures (mid 90s) in the Basin. Between the wild horses, chasing sheep dogs, and a giant bull who pawed the ground in the middle of the dirt road, the route was completed on schedule. Reaching Rawlins Thursday morning, my food was gone. Luckily, there is a delicious Thai restaurant in town with lots of plant-based dishes to end the adventure.
Sunday: Flagg Ranch to Togwotee Pass (elev 9658 feet and famous for a grizzly that ate over 20 cows over a few summers)
Monday: Togwotee Pass to Pinedale (grizz encounters probable, we carried bear spray)
Tuesday: Pinedale to Atlantic City (nearly a ghost town, population 137)
Wednesday: Atlantic City to A&M pond (crossed the Great Divide Basin, wild horses here)
Thursday morning: A&M to Rawlins (Thai food!)