After many miles on a hot day, Sweetwater awaits

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Editor’s note: David Freeze is biking coast to coast. His trek started June 10 in Oregon. He’s sending dispatches from the road to be published in the newspaper, at, and on his blog, “Gotta Run” at

I stayed dry and comfortable under the roof at the Crowheart Fire Department overnight. The storms were beautiful to watch but didn’t hit where I was. I was out early and headed toward Fort Washakie, Wyo., to pick up a package. I stopped in at the post office and they hadn’t received it yet. Postmaster Susan and clerk Bonnie were very nice and promised to forward it to a town in Colorado as soon as they do get it. More on the contents of the package when it arrives.
Then it was on toward Lander, a really friendly town to cyclists. As I was riding into town, a lady pulled up beside me and asked how my trip was going. Lander caters to cyclists with free camping and other things. Last night, they had a free concert, but I missed that.
I am spending the night at Sweetwater Station, aptly named because a mule stumbled into the river with the town’s sugar supply. The famous Overland Stages used to stop here. There is free camping but no amenities.
Tomorrow, I will be heading into Pony Express country. Though it only operated for two years, the Pony Express has been romanticized since the days that young men covered 1,966 miles while carrying the mail. Ultimately the Pony Express was not profitable.
Since arriving here at Sweetwater Station, I have met two other groups of cyclists headed east.
My goal is to make Rawlins, Wyoming and finish off map 5 tomorrow. Hopefully, Rawlins will have a July 3 rodeo.
Today’s total was 88 miles on a very warm day. Today had most of the cyclists concerned that they might run out of water. I was close, too, but have started carrying a little extra. This was also my best climbing day. I am getting plenty of practice.

Freelance writer David Freeze lives in Rowan County.