Bicycling the TransAmerica Trail

Cycling Across the US, Coast to Coast

Bicycling Adventure #3

54 days, 3,783 miles, Jul-Aug 2010

Ray Jardine

2010-08-07Colorado page 23 of 54

Day 23, Colorado

From Rawlins to Walden, Colorado

On the I-90 freeway

I started out at dawn, just when I could see where I was going. But I missed the turnoff to the frontage road (unsigned) and found myself on the I-90 freeway. The traffic was light and the shoulder wide, and anyway route went onto the freeway in another few miles at Sinclair; so no harm done. But it felt strange pedaling on a freeway. But of course it's legal here in this part of Wyoming, out in the middle of nowhere.

Turnoff to Walcott.

Reaching Walcott, 15 miles further on, the route turned south and headed for Saratoga. And that's where I picked up the headwinds. But it was a beautiful ride.


Part of the Overland Trail, circa 1861.

I had not been to Saratoga before, and found it an unusual town. Firstly, the Platte River flows through here, big and wide. Such a sudden contrast from being out in the desert for so many days. And above the town is a big and nicely paved airstrip with a few corporate jets parked. Not what one would expect out here.

The Platte River in the town of Saratoga, Wyoming.

En route to Riverside.

From there, the route leads to Riverside, a small town of "59 residents." I stopped for refreshments, same as in the last town. But this time I bought enough for dinner also, because the next town, Walden, CO was 50 miles further on, and I was not sure I could reach it today. I had already pedaled nearly 60 miles.

A c-store in Riverside, Wyoming.

Colorado

But reach it I did, and after eating in a restaurant I pedaled like mad to the city park in a drenching rain, and set up the tarp.

While laying bed writing, I heard a soft voice nearby: "Honey, are you hungry? You can come to my house and I'll feed you." Without looking out, I answered: "No, I just ate, thank you." She left and I never saw her face.

Camped in the Walden city park

Miles pedaled today: 109

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