We drove along this good dirt road for a while enjoying the wild flowers growing along the edges of the road.
Check out these yellow ones.
Eventually we came to a small road that turned out to be part of the Bike route that we are following.
4 Wheel Drive Only.
There were a couple of signs at the entrance to the road. This one got us excited as we haven’t needed 4WD yet on our adventure. Here we locked the hubs.
As it turned out we didn’t really need 4WD at all. This road however had some of the most wild flowers that we have seen so far.
Patti was frustrated because the pictures just don’t do justice to the beauty of the flowers.
Back on Pavement.
After a few miles of dirt we were back on the pavement heading southeast.
Of course even from the highway the scenery is great.
We crossed the Divide again.
Searching for the Trail.
Navigation on this part of the trail can be difficult. There are several trails going off the highway but we are looking for the Continental Divide Bike Trail so we can’t just take any trail going in the direction we want to go.
Here is one of the wrong trails that we took.
It turned out to be a dead end but it was a scenic trail anyway.
We returned to the highway and continued driving south.
The Right Trail.
Eventually we found the trail we wanted and headed into the mountains. This is one of the few times Bob was in front of us so Patti had to take a picture of his rig.
It didn’t last long as after she took the picture he pulled over to let us pass.
Lunch at 9000 feet.
We stopped at the summit of this road and had lunch.
After lunch we headed down the mountain. The road looks good but this was the roughest stretch of road we have been on so far. It had terrible wash board and pot holes every where.
Even though the road was rough it still went through some beautiful country.
We saw this deer along the road and Patti just barley got a picture of it.
We crossed over Union Pass 9210 feet.
We saw some bear signs along the road.
The Road Goes On
It seemed like this washboard road would never end.
We experienced a little rain. My windshield wipers aren't working correctly but I can get them to wipe by holding the switch in one direction. For these thunder showers it works ok.
Eventually we made it back to pavement and were on our way to Pinedale. We got a room at a small motel and had a hot shower and a good nights rest.