The Best Kind of Vacation Ever…Part Two

In case you’ve forgotten where we left off, we were riding through this canyon:

Beautiful canyon river in Wyoming.

As we passed through these mountains, we encountered a construction zone at a pretty high elevation. I’ll be the first to admit that construction zones SUCK for anyone riding a motorcycle. Usually rebuilding a road consists of tearing up one lane of asphalt, leaving the other lane to travel on, and expanding on the sides one at a time. Apparently in Wyoming, rebuilding a road involves reducing the existing road to dirt and gravel, then smoothing out more dirt and gravel to build a road. The approach doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, and when we encountered this one-way traffic construction zone I was less than chipper.

Let me explain: there are only a couple of things that I really don’t like when I’m riding a motorcycle. One of them is U-turns. The other one is gravel or dirt roads.

Also, remember in Part One when I mentioned that Grace, my mom’s bike, had been cutting out whenever it got hot? Well, unsurprisingly, sitting in idle at a one-way construction zone on a dirt road in a steep canyon tends to make the engine hot. During the next three mile stretch of road, Mom considered re-naming her bike from Amazing Grace to “Gracie Lou Freebush.”

When the flagger turned around the sign to let our line of traffic through, four bikes made it. Grace stopped working. I stayed with Mom because I’m a nice daughter. Also because I was riding behind her, and was slightly stuck. Every twelve minutes, when the line of traffic was going the right way again, we’d try to fire up Gracie Lou and go…which worked! For about a tenth of a mile each time. So: three miles of dirt road, tenth of a mile…you do the math. We were there for a little while. Mom was not pleased. I can’t say I was thrilled either, but I didn’t have that much to complain about, really. Eventually, Mom convinced Gracie Lou (I suspect with a hammer or perhaps the threat of permanent dismantling) that it would be much better to work consistently and we hit the highway again. We made it all the way to Sundance, Wyoming to a cute cabin perched on the side of a mountain. I’d have taken a photo of our arrival…but it was 9:50 pm. We were pretty tuckered out, so I called the top bunk and conked out for the night.

The morning was beautiful. I poked my head out the window when the sun came up and saw a deer walking by with her fawn. I sat on the porch and watched the morning unfolding, complete with chirping birds and light mountain breeze. Beautiful! We had a nice homemade breakfast from our hosts and then we once more hit the road! It was the day I was looking forward to the most…we were going to Devil’s Tower!

Family in front of Devil’s Tower.

It’s a really neat national monument, and being a person who likes rocks, I’ve wanted to see it forever. It was pretty cool to finally go and visit. The experience was also improved by…

Motorcycles at the entrance to Devil’s Tower.

…more motorcycles! It’s pretty amazing that around the same time as the Sturgis motorcycle rally, everything within a 100 mile radius starts filling up with motorcycles.

At this particular location, there was a cute black lab puppy who was lying outside a tent with a rubber duckie. Anyone who made eye contact with this dog (named Jessie) had to play fetch with her for at least fifteen minutes. She was an excellent retriever, and last time I saw her she had just suckered a 6’4″ biker in leathers and a bandanna into a long round of fetch. It was pretty adorable.

Part Three will be coming soon!

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