8:00pm on Tuesday and I am in Idaho Falls. Well it has been an interesting couple of days. I left Laramie reasonable early and got out on the road. Here is what I saw;
I am on the 130 to Saratoga (about 120klms) with the intention to get to Jeffrey City. That is the half way point for Idaho Falls. I get to Saratoga and find this right beside the road;
I keep going and the scenery just gets better;
Again Fred and I get up against the ice;
I keep going and it flattens out and is a nice ride;
Now remember I wanted to get to Jeffrey City. Lesson learnt here – never trust a name. I pulled up to fill Fred up – it would have been touch and go if I would have made the next stop;
So I pull up and my travel card doesn’t work on the bowser. I go inside and its like entering the twilight zone. 2 people are sitting at a table but no-one else. I wait 15 minutes and turn around and ask them is there anyone actually running the show? Oh yes they say, he is out back making our burgers. Ok. I yell out and a guy comes to the counter and I say can I get petrol? 45 mins later I am filling up Fred I go back inside and I want my $10 change (dumb Noel dumb). By now I am borderline dehydrated so I go to the fridge and get a gatorade. I should have kept the label as it was a collectable! I finally walk out and into the arms of a Chinese female pushbike rider who is trying to put a new tyre on her bike. Can you help me she says? She is trying to put a new tyre on a rim with 2 x plastic levers that were useless. I go and get Fred’s tyre levers and snap its done. Oh thank you! Off I go and get to Lander.
Great town as they offer free camping at the town and I set up camp in the best location so far;
It also has a stream running right thru it;
So I get myself sorted and find a great coffee/eatery. I go back to camp and sit on my chair next to a pole that has power outlets so I charge up all of my gear and at the same time download my photos – nice and peaceful quiet time. WRONG. Firstly comes along a guy about 30yrs with a dog. He is dressed like he has been lost in the bush for 10 years and has a mangy dog on a rope. He tells me that he is on the walking trail from Mexico to Canada and has already done about 1800 miles (he will finish it in August). So he sits down and tells me all about his journey so far (interesting if you hadn’t ridden a motorbike 400klms!) Next comes along a 40yr old backpacker who sits down and announces that he is a Navajo Indian and wants to share with me the atrocities committed on his tribe over the past 100 years by the white man. %^%$# All I want to do is charge my stuff! After about an hour of listening to Sitting Bull and Grizzly Adams (gear now charged) I politely excuse myself and go back to my tent. Great sleep and up early the next day to head to Idaho Falls.