Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lead, Follow, or Step Aside.....I am Bulletproof....or NOT

I'm sitting in my Camper in Cheyenne looking forward to the next segment of the journey which gets me closer to the Tetons...the destination  would be Riverton, Wy...I review  the map and it looks benign enough...can't be near as tense as the white knuckle trip I had from Colorado Springs through Ft. Collins(last post).......Oh you na├»ve old man...or maybe someone was smoking those "funny weeds"at the Campground and you happen to pass by and caught a whiff of it....

(c)2014 Horst Kelly photographer

This morning started with a renewed determination that rain, sleet or hail was not going to stop this Adventurer...I had that special step ...I just knew this was going to be a Day of significance ....this was the day of a new beginning...The sun  was out, the temperature was great, I sat out by the camper with a cup of fresh brewed java, watching the sun peek over the horizon...the Casita was hitched and I am READY!!!!

(c)2014Horst Kelly photographer

 
I start out for the first segment to Laramie...stop for gas and a coffee refill...as I enter the freeway, a digital overhead sign states "High wind(50mph and higher) advisory....Mmmm, is that just a couple "gusts" here and there or sustained. I make a "leadership" decision..no guts no glory.....I will soon live to regret that...the winds increase the higher in elevation I travel.....I thought with my weight distribution hitch and sway bar I was safe...sorta like being in  a storm cellar doing a tornado...not so my friends....for the next 85 + miles with increasing elevation and openness the "tornado" continues to follow me...and I was wondering why no one else was on the road....wonder no more...did I mention it was a cross wind...after what seemed like an eternity, I arrived in Rawlins, Wy...I stopped for gas, something to eat and change my pants(need I explain)...the rest of trip, while still somewhat windy with 2 lane roads, was in comparison a walk in the park...arrived in Riverton, Wy. early afternoon...checked into the Oak Creek Kampground...Mom and Pop place, quiet, clean and very friendly ...has a veteran discount....I am now relaxing, sipping on a glass of wine..I asked the owner about my route for tomorrow..he said after todays trip you can tackle anything....we will see....tomorrow the Tetons, and maybe, just maybe, some more "Baby Cubs", bear photo's....just need to find a camping spot.....until next time, thanks for stopping by..Horst sends


(c)2011 Horst Kelly photogrspher

6 comments:

  1. I hear the wind can be mighty wild up your way....maybe the two lane will over more coverage. The photography is sizzling!!! Be safe friend....

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    1. Sizzling...now that's a first...and I appreciate it very much..since I got to the Tetons and my CG things are MAGNIFICENT...I am now relaxing and enjoying the area..hope all is going with you and Jer as you meander southward...Horst sends

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  2. Wow! This is a little more white-knuckle adventure than I expected this early in the trip!

    Wishing you blue skies and smooth sailing tomorrow. :)

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    1. I think my "white knuckle" days are in my rear view mirror..I got up this morning looking at a couple deer about 3 feet from the camper and the sun reflecting off the Lake...You do know this is the place Ron said "I would like to be there"...I was thinking of you and Ron when I saw the Tetons this morning!...take care..Horst sends

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  3. Mr. Intrepid -- you don't ever do anything the easy way, do you! Hope you have a couple non-adventuresome days coming up...just for variety.
    Love the photos and the travel-logue too. Drive brave!
    Melanie sends...

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    1. Ms Melanie..Thanks for joining the journey...despite the "speed bumps:, I am have a super time..and arrrivng at the Tetons is like being on a first date..you don't know what to expect, But you know its going to be an awesome experience! Hope all is well with you and expect a call when least expected..Horst sends

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