Well everyday can’t be the best day ever. The good news is that Matt and I still have our weather bubble following us around. It hit the mid 90’s by this afternoon and then the thunder showers rolled in, but we were done riding by noon so we were fine. It’s supposed to rain quite a bit tonight and stop by 8a which is good because it will drop the temps about ten degrees tomorrow although we expect it to be a little more humid. As for the not so good news, all you who have been commenting on all the wonderful scenic photos…well here’s the scenic photo for the day:
As Matt said, to have good wine you need to have good grapes. Well to have stunning scenic photos it helps to have good scenery. Fortunately today’s ride was easy as we only had 69 miles and 2,433 feet of climbing. As a result we were able to keep a good 20 mph pace and enjoyed be done for the day so early. We left Buffalo at 8:15 this morning, rode about 20 yards and immediately stopped to take the picture below. Being from the Bay Area in California we were not familiar with this type of custom store. Matt is thinking perhaps he can get the franchise for the Bay Area.
We also had a changing of support drivers as Bob had to fly to Wash DC on business so Marilyn was on her own with us today. Marilyn’s sister Linda flew in this afternoon just in time to join us at the Rockpile Museum and will stay with us the next couple of days. So right about now you’re think Rockpile Museum and are wondering if we saw Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble?!? But before I tell you about the Rockpile Museum I need to tell you a little about Marilyn and Linda. These are two sisters who egg each other on and if they had been your daughters would have kept you always sleeping with one eye open. So let me give you an example from day one from the simple job of going to a gas station. They’re at the gas station and they see a rancher with a truck and trailer. Being the inquisitive type they are they ask the rancher what’s inside the trailer. We tells them it’s a bull and before you know it they’re climbing on the side of the trailer to see the bull. Again, being the inquisitive type, they ask the rancher why the pull is in the trailer and he tells them he’d just taken the bull to the vet. Again, being the inquisitive type they ask why the bull had to go to the vet. Apparently then the rancher rather sheepishly said that it’s because the bull had a ruptured penis. Again being the inquisitive type this led to many more questions: how did it happen?, did it hurt the bull?, how big is it? will the bull be OK? what are they going to do with the bull, etc. So a simple filling of the gas tank led to some poor rancher explaining all about a ruptured bull penis to two not so western ladies. Should be an interesting next couple of days.
So now back to the Rockpile Museum…certainly not as colorful as the bull story. According to Trip Advisor there is only one thing to do in Gillette, WY and that is going to the Rockpile Museum http://www.ccgov.net/departments/museum/ . So it got its name from a huge pile of rocks at the museum and here’s the background: The Rockpile has been a landmark in Gillette for many years. The first four settlers in Gillette centered their claims on this site. Legend has it that when travelers came from the west the Rockpile would let them know when they had arrived in Gillette. No Fred, no Barney just a pile of rocks. They did have a nice Western museum that had all kinds of tools, guns, equipment, etc from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
After the museum Matt and I decided to go relax and see a movie (first theatre we’ve seen in sometime). We all then got together and had an amazing mexican dinner. Between asking the locals where to eat and checking Trip Advisor we haven’t gone wrong yet! Here’s a few photos from today and I mean a few as there wasn’t much to take pictures of.