Friday – July 5, 2014
Posted on July 06, 2014
July fifth was the perfect follow up to a firework-free Independence Day. Fireworks shot in everyone’s legs and lungs as we climbed the Powder River Pass. At an elevation of 9,666 feet, the climb was extremely challenging. While Kait, Delaney and Julie were unable to reach the summit, bailing at the 25 mile mark after an extremely difficult morning, they provided great support from the van. Ezra, Megan and Dan pushed on, and were rewarded with beautiful scenery and several animal sightings. After waiting for over an hour and half for the support vehicle, Megan and Ezra decided to go for a swim in the Cloud lake, shaded by the Medowlark ski area.
After some rolling hills (each larger than Watchusett), the remaining riders sped down the mountain into Buffalo, dropping 3800 feet over 4 miles. Ezra descended without using his brakes, averaging 40.5 mph on the descent with a top speed of 52.2 mph. Thanks to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Buffalo, WY for preparing a delicious meal and providing us with a great place to sleep.
– The JettRiders