2 Days, 2 States, 2 Friends, and 2 Motorcycles – Part 2

The rain finally let up after getting in to Laramie, Wyoming, but the wind did not! As we turned from U.S. 287 on to WY130 the gusts continued to batter us all the way until we got to Centennial. It’s a sleepy little town that offers nice views of the rugged Wyoming landscape.

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After a quick break here, we mounted our trusty steeds and rode off in to the sunset…well, not really but we did head west!WyRide-028The ride through the Medicine Bow National Forest on the Snowy Range Scenic Byway is absolutely gorgeous! Little streams and ponds are scattered all along the route and I longed to go explore them all. Before long, we reached the top of the pass…

WyRide-029Four other motorcycles came in right behind us. Their group has been making this same ride to the Saratoga brewfest, on the same week in August…for 18 YEARS! Very cool!

WyRide-030 WyRide-031A rare B&W picture of Stallion in the wild

WyRide-032A short walk down a=this path led to the Libby Flats Observation Point – an area built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s.

WyRide-033 WyRide-034 WyRide-035 WyRide-042 WyRide-043Medicine Bow Peak (12,013 feet) looms over Stallion in the background…and it contains a deadly past. United Airlines Flight 409 crashed in to the peak in 1955 killing all 66 people on board. It was the deadliest airline crash to date in American history. Fragments of the airplane are still visible today…

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The views of the surrounding area are truly amazing! WyRide-038 WyRide-039 WyRide-040 WyRide-044You can click on this panoramic image below to see it bigger!

WyRide-041Stallion (and Jeff) waited patiently while I took, “Just one more picture”!

WyRide-037A few miles down the road, we stopped at the spectacular Mirror Lake!

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Hey, two B&W images in one post!WyRide-047

I think I like the color one better though…WyRide-046 WyRide-045

A lady came up and asked if we wanted our picture taken together – that was nice!WyRide-048All too quickly, the time to explore was over and we needed to get back on the road. We descended from the mountains and down to the plains where we took WY230 to Riverside, Wyoming and a great experience that was waiting for us!

(To be continued…)

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