The road was a tiny little highway with breath taking views of the mountains all around in the distance and good sized ranch homes with cows and hay in the fields. After following that for about 7 or 8 miles, I came to the road that would take me back to the freeway, but choose to go straight which took through to Sheep Mt. and followed the Yellowstone River for quite a while. All dirt road, with the river on my right, and canyon walls on my left with little to no cars at all, just perfect.
It really started to warm up and I saw some folks sitting outside with their dogs and stopped to ask them if I could fill up my water since I didn’t have BMW with me that day. They said yes, and the husband ran inside to get me lots of ice so I could drink it cold which was awfully nice of him. I’m really glad I stopped too because he mentioned from that point on, there were no more house until I got to Springdale which was 11 miles away, or about 4 hours of walking. I thanked them and was on my way.
The next 11 miles I pretty much had that dirt road all to myself except for a tractor and a FED EX truck. It was all farm pastures and rolling hills. The freeway was about a ½ mile south of me, and so my only company was the cows and the occasional antelope. There was a moment I was talking to my Mom on the phone and I finally came up over the last hill for the day, and when I got to the top, I realized that that was it; the unofficial end to the Rockies, nothing but plains ahead of me; 6 passes and over 45,000 feet total elevation gain, I made through the Cascades and Rockies in 49 days and 980 miles.
The rest of the afternoon was pretty easy, and I was in Springdale by 3:30 where Laura came and picked me up to spend one more night with her and her family. When we got back to her house I quickly took a shower and her and I went out to her church for Thursday night taco night! I chowed down on some good food, meet some nice people and went back to the house because I still had a nasty headache, which I actually had all day... and I really need to get some work done. All-in-all, a really, really good day.