Day 12 – Rock Creek Ditch to South Pass City

It’s not far to go into South Pass City today, but there are surprises. As we approach a rise suddenly two small antelope are running full steam toward us with no sign of stopping. By the we register it it’s too late, but the antelope start and swerve away at the last second. Still processing…

Day 11 – Coin Camp Spring to Rock Creek Ditch

The country feels more wild as we descend Willow Creek, and the Sweetwater River canyon has a very remote feel. It’s a great change of scenery, but the uneven terrain on the banks is hard on Pete’s knee. At first we cross the river reluctantly, but soon do so whenever convenient. It’s usually only thigh…

Day 10 – Tick Mesa to Coin Camp Spring

We encounter no ticks overnight, but in the morning they’re everywhere. We decide Green Mesa ought to be Tick Mesa. Unexpectedly we encounter some people. Jeremy from Wheatland is out in his truck exploring Wyoming’s vast public lands. He says you can drive to Rawlins from here without hitting a fence. A rancher from Lander…

Day 8 – Separation Rim to Crooks Creek

All day we follow the buried pipeline across the great basin. The linear route and the vast spaces boggle the mind. We select the next rise as a goal, which sometimes takes hours to reach. Tick checks punctuate the day. Ann’s feet are in pain, and she decides she’ll take a break and exit with…