Can you believe that we went through a town called Lost Springs with a population of 4? It had a bar and an antique store - go figure? There were some pretty lonely patches including empty school houses with their silent bells atop. It reminded us of what it might have been like for Laura Ingalls Wilder in The Long Winter when they were snowed in and the train couldn't get in with food. However, we saw several trains, long coal trains, because for a good part of the ride we were riding parallel to the railroad tracks.
As we rolled into Lusk we passed the fairgrounds full of trucks, horse trailers, horses, mules, and people getting ready for Rawhide Days. Our rooms at the Covered Wagon Motel (a classic place we would recommend) were ready when we arrived at 2:00 (YEAH another thing to be grateful for) and by the time we got something to drink, our bags were unloaded so we had time to stretch, bathe in Epsom salts, before running out to watch the parade that went right past our hotel.
Miles - 106
Total Miles- 1464
Elevation Gain - 3110
Next Stop - Hot Springs, South Dakota
Link to Mimi's Garmin
|Douglas WY - home of the Jackalope|
|Our vistas most of the day|
Rawhide Days Parade in Lusk
|White boys dressed up as American Indians|
|"Garters for Sale"|
|John Deere for Dennis|
And other tractors in the parade
|And of course the Lusk Niobrara Ambulence!|
|The lawn outside the Motel - a great|
viewing spot for the parade!
|Our hotel, complete with Covered Wagon|