Tirebiters and alligators and fog, oh my!

We spent Tuesday night in a campground at the edge of a highway construction project.

As soon as darkness fell, the floodlights were fired up and the heavy equipment started.

It looked like the set of Close Encounters at Devil’s Tower. When the fog settled in it became surreal, as the bright lights glinted off the water droplets in the air.

They packed up and left at first light.

Our ride out of Stowe was on a busy highway with multiple tirebiters:
Tirebiter (noun)
1) a linear crack in the pavement, parallel to your direction of travel, sometimes made worse in hot weather if filled with tar;
2) a sewer grate with openings parallel to the direction of travel;
3) a railroad crossing with tracks at an oblique angle (the closer to the direction of travel, the worse it is).

The best (worst) tirebiters and alligators were in places unsafe to stop for photos. An alligator is an area of pavement that resembles alligator skin.

Once we got onto back roads the ride improved immensely. We did briefly revisit US 2, last seen out west. It sprinkled off and on much of the day. The most rain came while the sun was shining.

Stuff that will change next week:

     1) I won’t have to worry about where I can plug my phone in next;
    2) I won’t have to wonder where the next bathroom is or where there is a tree or secluded place where I can pee;
     3)  I won’t have any yellow arrows to follow to tell me where to go;
4) I won’t have to worry about getting into camp early enough to spread everything out to dry;
5) I’ll have to cook my own food;
6) I won’t be able to eat so much ice cream;
     7) I’ll have to make my own coffee;
     8) I won’t drink as much espresso or beer;
     9) I won’t do laundry in the shower every day;
     10) I’ll go to work every day instead of riding my bike.
11) I won’t check the weather forecast for two cities every morning – the one I’m riding from and the one I’m riding to.
12) I won’t go looking for WiFi or worry about exceeding my data limits.
13) I won’t be writing this every day.

The WiFi here is intermittent. The login screen keeps popping up again. Saving of this post only works some of the time and photos appear and disappear at random. I will try to post this, but publishing has failed three times now.

 

Devil’s Tower!

No extraterrestrials have landed yet (it’s still daylight), but Devil’s Tower is right behind me.

The staff is busy prepping for their annual Devil’s Tower Cantina. They’ve been squeezing limes and stringing lights. It is Margarita night.

We’re told that the campground shows “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” every night when it gets dark. We’ll see if I can stay awake that long. I’m usually in bed by 9, before it gets dark.

I haven’t been in an RV park in a long time (ever?). The RVs are humongous, with pop-out sides so they look like a double wide mobile home. Some have a White Freightliner cab.

We passed a freight yard today. I rode past a string of locomotives coupled together – there were 0.62 miles of locomotives. Coal trains take more than ½ mile to pass – when we are going in opposite directions. Someone who talked as though he knows what he is talking about said they are 1.4 miles long.

The gods must have mercy on my heathen soul. After yesterday’s crash I feel amazingly well – ice and Kinesiotape may have helped. We had an easy day today, only 69 miles and favorable winds. I was here before it got really hot.

I met another rider going the other way when I arrived at 12:15. He said were were absolutely not to arrive before 1:00. 9419B126-4A84-44C1-A481-B8F46206076AI found a nearby bar and tried the local brew. A couple of Harley riders came in a few minutes after me and one asked the same question – “What’s on tap?” and got the same answer – “Nothing”. I recommended the local amber ale I was having and he liked it. By the time I left the temperature was approaching 95.

Very low battery. Will recharge when the sun comes up and post more tomorrow. A great evening! I’ll explain more (with pictures) Monday morning.