Distance and elevation gain (per my mapping software): 51.53 miles, 1,472 feet
Min temp: 50, Max temp: 95, Winds 10-15, with some crazy gusts between 3-4 am and 3-4 pm Precipitation: none
“That’s not how I wanted to start my morning!”
That was the voice I heard, sometime after the winds in Cody picked up around 3 am, sometime after the dining canopy came down with a crash. (Luckily the canopy was downwind from all the campers and no one was hurt).
Today was the day for the Alternate Route.
Today we were supposed to ride from Cody to Red Lodge. However, our campsite at Red Lodge had been taken over by a firefighter crew, and with the fire so close to our planned Saturday route through Beartooth Pass, it was deemed prudent to cancel that particular ride.
In two days’ time, the ride organizers got all the permissions required to send us 700 cyclists on an out-and-back course on South Fork Road. (Local cyclists had recommended riding out the North Fork Highway, but there was road construction, and the ride permit could not be secured for that route.)
When we returned to Cody, we had a lot of time to kill.
We biked down to Pat O’Hara Brewing Company, which is so new, it is not yet selling its own beer on tap. And we visited Buffalo Jump Winery, for which we had a wine tasting coupon.
It was the last full evening in camp (sigh), so the announcements were full of end-of-ride thank-yous. A raffle drawing was held, and the guy who won the trip to Mexico was reeeealllly excited. I think I know how he felt. I would have been excited, too, if someone had granted me the ability to extend my vacation.
Because of the change in schedule, there was no in-camp entertainment that night. We bikers were all encouraged to head downtown for some local entertainment. Bugman and I popped into a few downtown stores, but after our early awakening, we were tired and went to bed early.
Copyright 2013 by Katie Bradshaw