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!