16-05-23 Day 57 Dubois – Mark Trail
Biking the TransAm 2016 Blog
2 Wheels, 6 Months, 1 Adventure
I knew there was Togwotee Pass at 9,658 ft to cross north of Dubois so I planned to get into Dubois early and rest for the 2,600 ft climb tomorrow. Unfortunately the wind along the WIND River had a different plan.
The sunrise was fun to watch from my sleeping bag sipping on coffee… As I was packing up, the wind picked up… .. I pedaled two miles to the rest area and who was there? Marty and Dylan,!!!!! Yesterday Marty got a flat and walked to the rest stop… If they didn’t have any problems I would never have seen them again. After Marty and Dylan left, I enjoyed the rest area, cleaning up and putting in my contacts. Ben was the maintenance man and did a great job… As I left, the ride slowed to a crawl…. They don’t call the winds the winds for nothing. Soon I could see Marty on the side of the road….. Flat tire? “Nope…. My pedal broke” Wow…..We are in the middle of nowhere…. There is nothing I can do to help…. I rode on and met Dylan in Crowheart. Welcome to Crowheart on one sign. Welcome to Crowheart on the back….. New Plan. Marty would hitch a ride to Dubois and Dylan and I would ride on. The wind wouldn’t quit.. Turn left… Wind in face…. Turn right…….. WIND in the face… As we pedaled into Dubois it started to rain/hail. We made it just in time to the Cowboy Cafe where Dianne served Cheeseburger Soup to warm us up… Where’s Marty?…. Marty rides up on his bike.. REALLY?,? A guy in Crowheart put a bolt into the pedal so Marty could pedal… That’s a mouth full….
We filled our faces, walked the town, and filled our faces again… Ready for Togwotee…
N Fort Washakie to Dubois, WY