2011 Ride

Hay Bale Campsite

Day 10: Rolled past the 30 MW Diamond Willow wind farm on the way out of Baker this morning. A beautiful sight to behold in this oil town, and promising sign of good things to come. Strong gusting winds blew me across the road like a drunken sailor, making for tough pedaling. Got recharged at Medicine Rocks. Then finished the mad dash to Ekalaka in time for a planning call. No cell phone coverage in town, but Ron found a working phone in an old phone booth with a chair inside, so set up shop there. Later talked to some guys down the street at a garage who were interested in hearing the facts about Keystone XL. Like most people we’ve met along the route, they were not aware of the true dangers of the proposal.

The Forest Service campground we had hoped to hit by nightfall didn’t exist, so we had to drive for a stretch in the dark, eventually pitching our tents next to some hay bales on the side of the road, 57 miles later. Peaceful, starry night under the Big Sky.


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