Are Matt and I ever fortunate that we routed our trip through Upton, WY. When approaching Upton, there is not one BUT two signs declaring it the “Best Town on Earth”.
You can only imagine our excitement as we rode into town waiting to discover what made it “The Best Town on Earth”! Our minds raced with the possibilities have what had caused Upton, WY to have this prestigious title. We rode past the signs and came to Old Town Upton…maybe this was it:
We then went to Wikipedia and Trip Advisor to see what we were missing and this was all we found: Attractions: Upton is home to The Red Onion Museum which features work from local artist Dave Paulley. Old Town offers a glimpse of pioneer times with buildings relocated from the original townsite. So having searched high and low and not finding what made it the “Best Town on Earth” I did a little research when we were done riding for the day to find out that the title and sign actually date back to the early 1900’s to promote the town. Even back then the claim was viewed as presumptuous. If you have 5 minutes you might enjoy reading more: http://www.wyomingtalesandtrails.com/upton.html
You know you’ve been riding a lot when a 78 mile day is one of the easiest days we’ve had. We’re certainly reaping the rewards of all the training we did. The weather was mild with the wind at our back (do we keep getting lucky or what?) and only 1,417 feet of climbing. We rolled out of Gillette at 8:15 and were 30 miles down the rod in Moorcroft in less than 1.5 hours to celebrate our reaching the 1,500 mile mark on the trip. We then rode along to Upton racing the trains and antelope along the way. We’re in coal country and saw quite a few trains some of which were over a mile long. Imagine what a bummer it would be to have to wait on one of those at a railroad crossing. We finished the ride in Newcastle, WY a little after noon and had ridden the 78 miles in 3:36, an average of 21.7 mph. There is literally NOTHING to do in Newcastle, WY so we enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at our hotel catching up on email, work, trip planning, etc. We then met Marilyn and Linda for dinner and they had scouted out a great local italian restaurant. It had these great fresh salads with homemade dressing, homemade bread and pasta. Every bite was wonderful and we couldn’t believe our continued good fortune in find these great local restaurants.
Finally, if you haven’t already figured this out by now, I thought I’d clarify it for you. If you enjoy one of the great scenic pictures I’ve included in this blog there’s about a 90% chance that Matt took it. Matt has an eye for the right angle and the right light that make a great picture. Now if you like one of the pictures that have people in it then chances are I took that picture. It pretty funny as we ride down the road and Matt wants to stop for a great scenic picture and I’ll tell Matt to stop and move his bike over there (at an angle like I learned from Cindy) so I can take a picture of him. Here’s a few picture from today:
2nd hand laundry…really?!?
Our first Wall Drug sign http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Drug :