We are now in Jackson Hole. A good Samaritan back home bought us a hotel room which provided a nice restful night sleep. The scenery here is gorgeous, distracting, and quite a relief after eastern Oregon and southern Idaho. We enjoyed some extraordinarily over-priced buffulo burgers last night and are getting out of town this afternoon before we blow the budget on trying to sustain our high calorie diet in this expensive tourist town.
The last four days of cycling have been quite the breeze (tailwinds propelled out 90ish pound rigs at a 15, sometimes 20 mile per hour rate). Spirits have been high because going fast is fun and covering long distances feels good.
Covering long distances might not feel as good in the near future as we have to travel the 900 or so miles from Yellowstone to Freeman, SD in 11 days (thanks to poor planning and being a day behind schedule). We are going on faith that we will make it to Iowa on time (and are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping to meet a nice elderly couple in an over sized RV who offer to give a ride for a little bit). We are going to do our best to put our fears aside and enjoy the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone over the next couple of days before heading out into Wyoming, the land that our banjo-toting, lumber-jacking, earth-wandering good friend Adam Leclair deems "unforgiving".
One conversation that keeps repeating is about rain and when it will fall. We each have guessed a state. Nate thinks that it will happen in Wyoming, Joe thinks we'll get wet in South Dakota, and I don't think we'll use our fenders until Iowa. We thought it would be fun if all of you (our friends and family) got in on this sort of pool. Guess what date we will get rained on first (for example: Tuesday 8/3). You can post your guess as a comment on our blog or you can write your guess on the back of a black 160GB iPod loaded with every season of car talk and mail it to us. I may not like cars, but I do like car talk. If your answer is selected at random from the hundred of correct answers we receive, we will send you a completely saturated postcard.
We will not be able to access computers unless Wyoming has a grinch/Saul-to-Paul-esque conversion experience and suddenly becomes "forgiving" and flows forth with roast beast and interweb access.
We hope everyone is having a great summer!