As I entered into the town of Cokeville, Wyoming I rolled into a Flying J truck stop, went in to get something to eat and fill my water bottles. When I came out there was a gentleman sitting at the only table. I asked if he would mind me joining him and he said not at all. His name was Don and he is a long haul trucker. He told me about his career and about a heart attack he suffered years ago. After treatment and modifying his diet he was able to return to his job as a long haul trucker. We chatted about my bike ride and he commented that he should get a bike as it would be good exercise for him. He was heading to Portland and stopped so he could do his laundry and rest a little bit. After about a 30 minute conversation he stood up to go get his laundry and then pulled his wallet out and handed me a $20.00 bill telling me that he wanted to support me on my journey!!! Wow!! So many incredible people out there! Thank you Don!
I'm now in route to Rawlins, Wyoming to rejoin the TransAM trail. I took US Highway 30 until about 3 miles outside of Little America, Wyoming when the road ended and I was forced to get onto Interstate 80. This is not what I was expecting or planning. I rode as fast as I possibly could to get to the exit for Little America. I asked one of the ladies at the front desk if there are any other options for east bound travel other than the interstate and she said there really isn't. I checked online to see if I can legally ride on the interstate and it appears that I can plus I checked with the Wyoming Highway Patrol and they said it's fine so long as I stay as far to the right shoulder as possible and maintain safe riding practices. He didn't recommend riding the interstate at night which I would never do. So the next 144 miles will be on the interstate...wish me luck!
I've officially passed the 1,000 mile mark!
Miles to date 1,040.1