Friday, June 19, 2015 – 36.1 miles
Because of the long ride yesterday I’m back on my original schedule with a short ride of only 35 miles scheduled for today to make it to Mendora. I took my time getting up a breaking camp. No rush. Once on the road, my legs let me know they were looking forward to the rest day. Today’s ride to my back on the freeway. I stopped at the Painted Canyon Visitor’s Center. The view was amazing but the visitors center was a disappointment. Except for a couple information signs is was mostly a National Parks store.
I rode on into Medora. It’s a cute little town but definitely a tourist trap kind of town where everything is overpriced. I looked at the weather, which promised thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening and found a motel room for the night. I’ll camp again tomorrow night.
After showing and changing I walked through the little town. Their town theater was having a presentation by a Theodore Roosevelt “repriser.” I went in to listen. It was clear this gentleman was not someone who was paid to memorize a monolog. It was detailed and well-rehearsed. After he finished his presentation he took questions – still in character. He answered them all with details. If you ever get a chance it’s worth the time. www.teddyrooseveltshow.com
When I left the show it was dark and cloudy outside. I found a place to eat and sit out the rain – which came down in torrents. Why does it follow me? Then headed back to my room for some much needed rest.