47 miles today
Today I moved west a short bit from Pine Bluffs to Cheyenne. Since I skipped Nebraska yesterday, I biked the extra mile back to the east into Nebraska from Pine Bluffs so that it would be officially included in my big year. From the WY-NE border I saw a meadowlark on the Nebraska side; Hence I officially birded Nebraska in 2014! I spent a bit of time on dirt roads looking for Sharp-tailed grouse during the first half of the ride to Cheyenne. As the wind picked up and the whole ride was uphill, I abandoned the dirt route after about 15 miles to get onto paved roads and save my body. Needless to say, there was no birding being done along the I-80 service road.
Just a quick visit!
Since tomorrow is Friday in Cheyenne, I am hoping to find a Rodeo or something to do in the evening. I have never been to a Rodeo before, and I imagine no official visit to Wyoming is complete without bucking broncos and whatnot. I know for a fact Queen Sonia likes the rodeo! She's gonna kill me for these photos.......
I did have a great evening tonight with my hosts. Their two teenagers are lots of fun, and they even showed me how to wrangle cows in their backyard. They have offered to house Sonia, her friend Maggie, and me tomorrow, so there will certainly be more cow wrangling in the future! There is some big thunder forecast for Wyoming tomorrow, so tomorrow will be a very lazy and much needed off day (minus cow wrangling!). I think it will function well to recharge my batteries, both physically and mentally.
C'mon, moooooooooooove cow!