This must be the word of the week. It seems on everybody’s mind. Today, I had to travel Southbound on WY 287 towards Rawlins. A constant stream of cars was heading in the other direction, as if there was a tsunami warning or a nuclear event.
It is interesting to see, how such a rare celestial event can mobilize the masses, more so than other events on Earth that deserve our attention. It also seems to be important to be on the path of totality. 98%, or 99% is not enough, it has to be 100%. As a result, I have seen offers of $200 for a campsite, or $6000 für a house in the middle of nowhere for one night, even the event is in the middle of the day.
I am happy to be in Rawlins for this event. I camo for free at the Fairgrounds, with warm showers, flush toilets, picnic tables, shade, and a grassy area for my tent. I had amazing Thai food, and a supermarket to shop. This was in extreme contrast to the last 4 days crossing the Continental Basin. 220 miles with only 2 old mining towns with less than 100 summer residents. Water was scarce, pronghorn antelopes were abundant, at least to watch from the distance. Crossing the basin was one of the harder section of the Divide, mentally and physically.
The bike performs well after a tube-up in Jackson. I will get almost a rest day tomorrow. I will have a nice breakfast with cold fruit juice in the morning, watch the 98% coverage with the town folks, have Thai buffet for lunch and then head out of town in the afternoon for a leisure 14 miles or so. That’s my path of totality.