The disadvantages of going home early? I don’t want to talk about it. Yesterday someone remarked on hearing me laugh and said it was the first time she’d heard that in days. I want to be able to laugh again. So here goes:
- I won’t have to pack up a wet tent at 5 AM. I guess I could have said I won’t have to get up at 5 AM
- It won’t be 34 degrees when I wake up
- I can sleep in my own bed
- I can take a nap if I want to
- I won’t have to dry everything out every afternoon
- I won’t have 50 well-meaning people asking me how I feel every day, nor wondering why I’m not all better yet
- I can ride my bike if I want to, where I want to, as far as I want to…or not at all
- I won’t have to be the last to eat
- I won’t have to eat sitting outside on the ground (or, in today’s luxury due to the cold, on the floor in a vestibule away from everyone else
- BEST OF ALL, I can rejoin the tour in 2.5 weeks when I feel better!
- When I get back, I won’t be in quarantine. If the virus is still making its way through the group, I should be immune for a while
We’ve received word of an outbreak among the local staff where we spent our first night. They were apologetic, as though they’d given it to us. I think it was the other way around. I imagine word getting around that we are a traveling superspreader and being run out of town by a posse. Lacking a film clip for that posse image, we’ll settle for Marty Robbins:
We awoke in Ennis at 43 degrees. The temperature dropped a bit as we packed up. At least this is warmer than the 34 in West Yellowstone this morning, our destination for the day. Somehow, getting well and sleeping outside at 40 degrees do not seem compatible.
Ennis High School is home of the Mustangs and our host, who is retiring this year, is Sally, ergo:
The mountain sun is very different from low elevation sun. It has warmed up to 52 degrees at 8 AM. In the sun, it is hot!
Back in the saddle!
I’m back in the saddle again! I rode the last 16 miles, slightly uphill, to West Yellowstone. After a beer and shrimp tacos, I rode into Yellowstone National Park, making the first use of my Senior Pass. Another dozen flat miles and I feel great! Maybe…
The bar featured many local brews. The menu listed a rotating seasonal. I asked and it was Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. I told the waitress I could have that any time an ordered a local amber ale. Turns out she is from Elkhorn, WI. I never got to find out what brought my her to West Yellowstone or what keeps her here. She was busy, despite it being 2 PM.
After my quick park tour I stopped in town for ice cream and got back to camp with 5% battery life. I’m sitting in a high school hallway, attached to the last electrical outlet. Meanwhile, my auxiliary battery is charging from the sun and will be fully charged before the phone is.