Wyoming USA – Crinkled Land with Massive Flat Topped Stripey Rock Punched Through It – Mormons and Thoughts on Temperature from A. A. Milne – Cycling the Great Divide, USA
We left Yellowstone and cycled up to the pass in the freezing snow. We hoped that the weather would be different on the other side. And we were right, it wasn’t snowing there, it was just icy rain, so we had to limit our descent speed to 30 mph to avoid wind chill. The following day was heatwave again! We stayed at the tiny town of Dubois at the bottom of the pass. In most small towns around here they have an antler workshop, as all deer lose their antlers each year.
We had been going to turn back on to the Great Divide Off-road route once over the pass as my hand was feeling a bit better, but for once common sense prevailed as that route carried on up back into the snow.
Once over the pass the land changed dramatically. Gone were the mountainous forested slopes. In Wyoming the land was crinkled flat with massive rocky outcrops punched up through it. There are no trees, and the only vegetation is long, dried, golden grass and sage scrub which you can see for hundreds of miles.
We stayed at the campsite in the Mormon missionary centre called The Mormon Hand Cart Centre of the 6th Crossing. They were very kind to us. I have to say that having been to a Catholic boarding school I am immune to missionaries, but the film about the early Mormons pulling their hand carts across frozen terrain for thousands of miles was fascinating.
We thought we were going to have an easy day after leaving the Mormon camp, but we reached our proposed camp at Muddy Gap very early, and the second proposed camp was shut