2013-07 GDRx2

The Great Divide Route (x2)

Motorcycling Adventure #13

20 days, 4,756 miles, Jul 2013

Ray Jardine

Day 7 2013-07-07 page 7 of 21

Day's Riding: Rawlins to campsite by Mosquito Lake, 280 mi.

Day 7: Wyoming

Did you ever wonder what Bairoil WY looked like? Me too, but the ten miles to get back on route was extra rough and hardly worth the detour.

Out in the middle of nowhere, crossing the Great Divide Basin (aka Red Desert). When you can finally see the Wind River mountain range - way out yonder - you know you're getting somewhere.

Highway sign

North of Pinedale, the hail from this storm left me with a few bruises. So much for the armor in my motorcycle jacket and pants.

Heading up toward Union Pass.

One of the benefits of repeating routes is I know just where to camp in stormy weather. I was riding fast to beat the next oncoming storm, and made it to this place just in time. I pitched my tarp and threw everything in, just as the rain began. Then ten minutes later the clouds moved on, the sun came out, and I enjoyed a very pleasant evening. This camp is what last year I called my "Columbine Camp" near Mosquito Lake.

The Columbines? Like last year they were everywhere.

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