We left Raleigh on our longest and most ambitious trip yet on July 26th. We took four days to get to Boulder, Colorado, Bill's old home town. We spent several days visiting with family and old friends before heading north to Wyoming. We spent the four days of the Fourth of July holiday weekend at Curt Gowdy State Park near Cheyenne. This park has some of the best mountain bike trails that Bill has ever seen and he got to ride about half of them before his bike suffered fatal brake failure. The rest of the stay was spent hiking the trails and relaxing in our not so private (or quiet) campsite. The space to our left was occupied by thirteen people, 4 dogs and nine cars. The space on the left was another fifteen people multiple dogs and yes, as you can see from the photo, they even brought their washer and dryer!
I am also showing you was a bag of chips, bought at 400 feet above sea level looks like at 8,000 feet!
We dropped Bill's bike off in Cheyenne for repair and went to the Vedauwoos National Forestry campground which is know for it's high quality rock climbing. We took a short stroll on the Turtle Rock Trail and almost immediately encountered two cow moose on the trail. Moose have been recently reintroduced in this area after having been wiped out by the early settlers. From here we will continue north and stay somewhere in the Big Horn Mountains.