FAIRLY BORING DRIVE FROM PINEDALE TO ATLANTIC CITY. LAST 7 MILES WERE ON A DIRT ROAD THAT IS SEVERELY WASH BOARDED. I HAD TO DRIVE IN FIRST GEAR FOR SOME PORTIONS TO NOT SHAKE THINGS TO SEVERELY. FOUND WIFI AT THE LOCAL GATHERING PLACE. THEY HAVE SEVERAL COMPUTERS SET UP FOR PEOPLE TO USE. THIS GIVES THEM SOME ACCESS TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD I SUPPOSE. I JUST TALKED TO THE OWNER OF THIS STORE/GATHERING PLACE AND HE TELLS ME THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GAVE THEM A GRANT TO PURCHASE THE COMPUTERS THEY HAVE HERE. THEY LEAVE THE PLACE OPEN AT ALL TIMES SO PEOPLE CAN USE THE COMPUTERS AT ANY HOUR AND IF THEY TAKE ANYTHING FROM THE STORE (FOOD-DRINKS) THEY JUST LEAVE MONEY AT THE COUNTER. GREAT TO SEE THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS STILL EXISTS IN THIS COUNTRY.
WE ARE STAYING AT THE MINERS DELIGHT INN SHOWN IN THE PICTURES. IT IS THE ONLY PLACE TO STAY IN THE TOWN. THE PLACE WITH THE ANTIQUES SIGN IN FRONT IS WHERE I AM USING THE COMPUTER. (Don S)
Rode the Oregon trail today (the real thing) for 20 miles or so, then into a ghost town and over the continental divide into Atlantic City, WY. also made a loop into the Wind River Mtns. Lots of fun. Only wild life has been bunnys and antelope, but we keep looking. Miners Delight B&B is really nice with great hosts. Waitress at the diner in town is from Sonora and we talked of friends we have in common. Small world. (Dave)
Left Pinedale for a short scenic excursion to view the Wind River Mountains and returned for gas and off to find our track. The Hwy drive was a drag, but finding the track, the Oregon Trail, brought smiles to all of our faces. Finally fast two track, winding through the prairie, with the Wind River range in front of us. This was unfortunately too short and back on the graded road. As we headed south we took off on the Oregon Trail again for several miles which was great. Little wild life, but the stark beauty of the prairie makes you respect and appreciate the life it supports. We cross the Continental Divide at South Pass City, (population about 7). This gold mining town has been completely restored to 1906. We spent about and hour touring the shops and buildings, with all the period artifacts. Then the last 4 miles to our final destination for the day, Atlantic City. Miners Delight is just that and the proprietors are as well. Nothing like a scotch whiskey tasting after a nice dinner to finish off a day. Dan
Today was the best riding yet. It was supposed to be the shortest day, but it was plenty of fun despite mostly being hi speed graded dirt roads. We finally got routed onto some more challenging trails… not just roads you could drive the support vehicle on. The first interesting section was part of the Oregon trail with some sandy two track , but the real fun was a section labeled “primitive road” which included a fun rocky uphill a fairly deep stream crossing and some rocky rutted two track. The Miners Delight B&B is amazing. Our hosts’ “hook” to get people from all over the country and all over the world to visit is single malt scotches. I got a little education tasting a couple of their selection of 86 single malts. The place is completely and beautifully renovated and is for sale. Anyone looking for something different for retirement? The price is less than what you would pay for a run down shack in Calif. We have met quite few real characters out here including the guy who has a BMW motorcycle He made from the parts of 4 different bikes, with a Russian sidecar which he has ridden all around the USA and Mexico. He is a real field biologist who mostly studies mountain goats for the University, but also is studying Bigfoot….getting paid from private money for that. He plays the piano beautifully and grows much of his own food in greenhouses rigged up on automatic watering. Looking at the guy you would never guess all the interesting things He is into…but here in Wyoming the pace of life is slowed down and people are happy to talk. Ryk