Dubois, WY to Jackson, WY (via Togwotee Mountain Lodge)
"We're going to get soaked today," Flats states as we pack up our belongings and prepare for the day. Today is the day we've all been waiting for. A short 56 miles over Togwotee Pass where my brother and his friend Kyle will pick us up and shuttle us into the town of Jackson. There we'll enjoy a rest day hopefully full of beers, steaks, and sleep. But first, a very steep and wet climb awaits us.
As the hill levels out a little and the rain begins to subside, we pull off the road to warm our hands. It's at this point that I realize how cold and hysterical Becky is. I attempt to calm her as we warm her hands on my stomach. At this moment I look down at the wet ground to see air bubbles gurgling from the underside of Becky's front tire. I know instantly it's a flat.
The past week I'd been nervously watching this bald tire, praying it would make it to Jackson. Once there I'd planned on having it replaced. The tire only had to manage a mere 16 more miles before it's retirement, but couldn't. The worst possible place and the worst possible time for a flat. Well that's not entirely true being that my brother is already on his way to pick us up. Luckily we have one bar of service on our phone, which is enough to call and inform him that we'll need to be picked up further up the pass. We have a spare tube and all the necessary equipment to fix the flat, however at this point with our numb hands and the poor state the tires in, the better option is to deal with it in town. Our saviors arrive 45 minutes later. We're chauffeured to town where a shower, dry indoor bed, and steak dinner await.
Average speed: 9.7 mph
Max speed: 26.9 mph
Odometer: 2968 miles