Week 7 brought us from Jackson, WY to Sweetwater River Campground, just south of Atlantic City, WY. We were fresh off of 5 consecutive rest days in Jackson/Grand Targhee Resort, catching up and hiking with friends and attending the wedding of our friends, Shannon and Pat. Afterwards, we planned to spend a few days relaxing at Rachel’s family’s cabin, west of Big Piney in the Wyoming Range. We realized it wouldn’t make sense to ride our bikes to the cabin with the limited amount of time we had before we needed to be in Rawlins to meet up with our friends, Andy and Silvia. Rachel’s Aunt Alli and Uncle Jim were very excited about us visiting the cabin (especially since I had never been), and they came up with the idea to get us a rental car. They graciously booked us one from Pinedale, WY for the 4th day after we left Jackson. Thank you SO much, Aunt Alli and Jim!
This meant we needed to hustle for the first three days of the week in order to relax for the following three before returning to the route. In Jackson, we sat at just under 1,500 total miles into the trip, so this week marked the beginning of the second half of our GDMBR journey!
We crossed another cool bucket list item off our list this past weekend: skiing Tuckerman Ravine at Mount Washington! It was no small feat getting all of the way to the top on our own two feet 😉. Plus, look at all the stuff we had to carry!
This past summer, Rachel and I took time off work for a trip to Big Sky country, with the highlight of the trip being 3 days in Glacier National Park. My siblings, Casey, Charity & Julie joined us, which was particularly exciting because Charity and Julie had never been to Montana. Also, Casey had never been there besides one trip in the winter and I had never been to Glacier before. We were excited for lots of first-time experiences!
The streets were no longer buzzing with partiers when we walked back to the aparthotel this morning. This time around, our only company was the crews cleaning debris from the festivities last night, and a handful of early risers getting their steps in before the streets got crowded again. Our mission was to bring breakfast for everyone at the aparthotel and fortunately we succeeded thanks to a conveniently located Tesco, only a block from the aparthotel.
With 5,600 miles, 16 states, and too many donuts to count behind us, the trip is over, and we are now trying to re-acclimate to the routine of normal life. Rachel was back at work only a week or so later, and I am realizing that my immediate job will be as an assistant wedding planner. Hopefully I’ll find time for a new engineering job on the side soon, though!
A big thank you to everyone who followed us for this journey; your support always helped us continue on. Another big thanks to the people we met along the way who were so generous. We were so pleased to experience so much kindness from so many strangers; it was truly incredible. For everyone that took us into their homes, gave us meals, and even those that cheered for us as they passed in a car along the way: thank you SO much! You made our trip amazing; you lifted our spirits, and you kept us going!