“And we have lift-off…”
I’d planned for this adventure for more than five years. Departing the Twin Cities shortly after 8:00 AM, I could not believe that I was actually “in the trip”. I had an immediate flashback to Long Way Round, when Ewan expressed much the same about being “in the moment, I’m in the trip, I’m here”.
It was the first time that I had pulled a trailer/bike. As my Acura MDX does not have a hitch, I traded vehicles the previous day with my father-in-law. More often than not, we travel by automobile to Steamboat. We typically follow I-80 all the way west to Laramie, WY – including the 455 miles across Nebraska – then cut southwest on WY-230/CO-125 to CO-14, then take US-40 across Rabbit Ears Pass and into Steamboat. The same held true for this trip.
I made a couple of family-related “inside joke” stops, the first being Boogaarts Food Store in Kearney, NE. While just outside of Ogallala, NE, a freak thunderstorm cell arrived out of nowhere. It dumped water and hail, so much so that vehicles traveling on all 4 lanes of I-80 came to a literal halt, every single vehicle parked on the interstate. I was concerned that the storm’s wind gusts would catch the trailer, and flip it and the bike. After the cell passed and traffic started moving again, I stopped at the next gas station and checked for damage – there was none, to either SUV or bike, and the sun shone brightly from the west.
The second “inside joke” stop was at Buford, WY. Buford – elevation 8,000 feet, population 1 – was sold in April 2012 via auction.
From Laramie, I made it through the pitch-black darkness, arriving in Steamboat a little after midnight. Even in the dark, the descent into Steamboat always feels like coming home.
The Day : Weather
|Location||State||High (F)||Low (F)||Precipitation (in)||Max Wind (mph)|
The Day : Images
The Day : GPS
|Avg Speed||59.2 mph|
|Moving Speed||69.3 mph|
|Elevation Max||9,594 ft|
|Elevation Min||686 ft|
|Elevation Gain||43,145 ft|
|Elevation Loss||36,742 ft|