Southern States Tour – Day 60

Day 60 Route
Day 60 Route

Repeated periods of rain through the day with temperatures ranging from low 50’s up to low 70’s.

Day’s distance: 268 miles
Total trip distance: 11,101 miles

Forecasts called for periods of rain tapering off in mid afternoon and that’s what happened, but the taper was missing and mid afternoon became later 🙁

“Guess you can’t always get what you want …”

That’s become the quote for this trip, mostly in a sense of irony. This trip has been 60 days of amazing travel adventure !!

Today’s plan was to get to Rock Springs, Wyoming and I knew there was going to be some rain. I set out with the jacket and helmet vents closed, and my insulating liner already in the jacket.

I encountered the first and heaviest rain just outside of Maybell, Colorado. Luckily there was a little town and I ducked into the diner.

Rain in Maybell, CO
Rain in Maybell, CO

Continuing on my way after lunch, I soon crossed into Utah.

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Turning north on Hwy 191, I was headed to see Flaming Gorge Country. This mostly two-lane highway was in good shape and while the speed limits seemed low in Utah, in Wyoming the limit was raised to 65mph.

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Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Flaming Gorge Dam
Flaming Gorge Dam

Crossing into Wyoming, Hwy 191 moves away from the river and onto a long plateau. I pulled over at a scenic viewpoint …

Flaming Gorge scenic viewpoint off Hwy 191
Flaming Gorge scenic viewpoint off Hwy 191

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with dramatic views of the gorge.

Flaming Gorge, WY
Flaming Gorge, WY
Flaming Gorge, WY
Flaming Gorge, WY
Flaming Gorge, WY
Flaming Gorge, WY
Flaming Gorge, WY
Flaming Gorge, WY (click on to enlarge)

This was my first time visiting the Gorge. The beauty was beyond my expectations and I think the storm clouds added to the drama of the visit. This was the rainiest day since I was traveling down the Blue Ridge Parkway and I was looking forward to getting to a motel in Rock Springs.

Being on the road for 60 days seemed significant. Cheers to my ride for taking me over 11,000 miles so far.

My Sweet Ride
My Sweet Ride

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