Day 37 – Sheridan, WY to Ranchester, WY

We all slept in this morning, ate breakfast in the bunkhouse (finishing off our cereal supply) and headed west – Chris and Brendan by car and Aidan and me by bike. We are all headed in the direction of the bighorn mountains, the peaks calling to us from the horizon. 

We made great time this morning, with our panniers almost empty and lots of downhill (we’d already paid the price in uphills yesterday!). As we neared the post office, a sign advertising fresh sweet cherries at a little stand caught our attention. It was very much worth pulling over for!

We made two more quick stops before the post office – the first being a health food store where we bought bacon, coconut cream, local honey, and kombucha. Fuel was the next detour. We restocked our denatured alcohol supply for the Trangia stove, which is still working brilliantly for us!

The care packages were wonderful. Our parents sent two filled with homemade goodies from Wendy, Clif bars and chocolate from my mom, and a whole coconut from Julian! Wendy actually made us some new and improved granola bars, which I expect will be total lifesavers. She also made Nutella (a healthier and more delicious version), and some “energy bomb” to help Aidan in his endeavor to gain weight. And as if those packages weren’t wonderful enough, our family friend Mary McClements sent us a care package of Indian food dinners and caramels!  We are so ready for the mountains now. Thank you all so much for the excellent resupply!! We were too excited to take many photos of the opening process, but imagine us sitting on the sidewalk, exclaiming over our new food, and gleefully sorting it into categories. 

We found the library after that, and spent the next many hours of the day there. We may or may not have been asked to put on shoes… And to not sleep in the library. Lunch was delicious – we cooked up eggs that we’d bought on the way this morning. Many a passer-by had an envious look in their eyes. 

Sheridan is a really interesting little town, so at about 4:00 we took a walk down the main street, admired cowboy boots, and (sadly) discoved all the music stores and bike shops to be closed. But a smoothie cheered us up. 

And then we were back on the road. 

Since yesterday was so intense, we decided not to start up the mountains tonight. Instead, we’re camping in Ranchester – one of the last towns before we hit the bighorns. Tomorrow will provide us with some good elevation gain!

9 thoughts on “Day 37 – Sheridan, WY to Ranchester, WY

  1. Uncle Bill (Powell) July 24, 2016 / 10:41 am

    In your honor, I’m framing my day around a bike ride and a skillet of bacon. Now which should I do first????? Good luck in the mountains. You guys are so amazing.


  2. Chris / dad July 24, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    I recommend keeping the pepper spray and the energy bombs in completely different locations.


  3. Chris / dad July 24, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    Ohhhhh man…I bet the cowboy boot selection in Ranchester, WY is as legit as it gets on this planet.


  4. Chris / dad July 24, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Oh…one more thing: I was in Old Spokes Home yesterday. They would love pics of the OSH shirts on the road..along with a link to your blog…


  5. Nancy Vanderlin July 24, 2016 / 2:35 pm

    Can’t wait to see pics of you riding across those mountains!!!


  6. Al July 25, 2016 / 1:16 am

    Wow, you’re at the foot of the Big Horns! Looking forward to your report of the long climb and steep descent of Medicine mt. At 9,430′ the pass is the highest elevation of your whole trip. Take a deep breath and enjoy the mt. air. I hope it’s cooler up there.


  7. Steve Bourne July 25, 2016 / 2:31 am

    It was a real pleasure to meet you both! Trips like yours can be life changing. I look forward to reading about your ride over the Big Horns, my favorite place on earth.
    Happy Trails.


  8. blandine July 25, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    Hey Road Warriors, please let me know when you have a moment, where you will be in a few weeks, would like to send you a care package at a (convenient) General Delivery on your road. I am back to Waterton, (we met in Devil’s Tower) fencing off bears (and tourists who want to feed them) Thanks for your amazing blog, following you every step of the way. You are doing wonderful, there is hope for the world with inspiring people like you. May the wind be always at your back. So proud of you

    Liked by 1 person

    • bikesoveramerica July 25, 2016 / 8:13 pm

      Hi Blandine! So great to hear from you. Those tourists are lucky to have you there… 🙂

      We would love a package from you! We’ll be in Walla Walla, WA in about a week and a half. If that distance works for you, the post office zip code is 99362.
      We’re almost to Yellowstone, and are feeling much better now that we have that bear spray. Hopefully we won’t need it, but certainly good to have!


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