Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.

from Sheridan to Buffalo, WY


Date: 2006-08-16
Distance: 62 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 3.67 Hours
Average Speed: 16.81 kph

Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 2,060 Kilometres



Thoughts for the Day



2,060 Kilometres and 22 days behind


  A short day it was determined by motel locations and keeping the daily distances below 130 km. In a sense, it was good that it was a short day. The day started out warm and stayed relatively that way until noon. The sun was always there during the cycling part of the day. The wind seemed to be supportive but at times provided a crosswind on the descends. So, weather wise it was a good day for cycling.

It was also a day for ridge cycling with continuous climbs and descends. We started at 1,130 metres elevation in Sheridan and ended up at 1,400 metres elevation in Buffalo. In between, we climbed up to about 1,500 metres. In the range of every 5 kilometres a long climb was completed and all the efforts spent were recaptured in a long descend. The climbs were in the range of 1.5 to 2 kilometres. That managed to keep the day speed down.


Wyoming where the cows, deer, and antelope range


  While for some it may be everyday happenings, for me it was interesting to see herds of deer and antelopes grazing along hillsides on the range. Whole antelopes seem to be very comfortable with the noise made by cars and trucks, the shape of a cyclist pumping up a hill caused them to stop their grazing and watch carefully. Stopping to observe and take pictures definitely was reason for the antelopes to regroup and skittle further away.


More open rangeland


The mountains are now further away and only visible sometimes. Shades of golden brown cover the open landside. Occasionally, farmer’s irrigation practices produce green fields. The land continuously undulates. It is very pleasant to observe the countryside.


Large lake in the semi-arid lands



One was caught by unexpected sight when topping the summit on one of the many climbs with the view of a very large lake nestled between the hills. Just was not expecting a lake in such semi-arid lands. Yes, there were dugouts along the way for range cattle but not such a massive body of water.


  So far into his trip, I would say that this small town would appeal to me. Not sure what drives the economy of this town but it appears to be a county seat. In eh grocery store, the products offered appear to be more of what I would expect for a large city rather than what one finds in small towns in the mid-west. On the business street one finds cafés and pastry stores. There is a farmer’s market on Wednesday night. Did buy a loaf of bread that is more of specialty bread.

The main street has been transformed to one that would attract people to. The street is still a bit too wide, bit not like the expressway main streets of other towns. There are no bike lanes on the main or any other road within the town.


Cycling Facilities


  I-90 Cycling

  What made it so enjoyable for cycling on this highway was that the I-90 grades did not seem to exceed 6%. If so, then only occasionally and for short distances.

    So far in Wyoming the maintenance of the paved shoulders were very good with only occasional findings of rethreaded tires and broken glass. It certainly made cycling much more relaxing as the constant fear of running over a piece of rethread tire was not there. John is just in the process of patching 3 tubes from the Montana experience.

    One short section of a kilometre or so was encountered where the usual level of shoulder cleanliness was not there. The section was covered with loose gravel. As a truck passed, the gravel thrown by the tires would bounce off my leg.

    There were a couple of climbs where the shoulder was separating longitudinally in the middle as portions of the highway were slipping or creeping extremely slowly into the ditch. This made cycling a bit more uncomfortable as one had to choose to cycle on either side of the longitudinal crack, either closer to the moving vehicles or on the ditch side with less room to veer objects on the shoulder.

    The rumble strips were continuous and cycleable across. The location in relation to the white edge line seemed to vary from being directly adjacent to being a third of a metre apart.

  Buffalo Cycling Facilites    
  Save for a multi-use, bike path, this town did not have any cycling facilities and limited bike parking on the main business street. According to a local, there is significant cycling activity in this town.