Day 8 – Brigham City to Evanston

Our eighth day took us from Brigham /City, Utah, over the border again into Wyoming to Evanston. A much  shorter day today at only around 100 miles, but a hilly day with 5800ft of climbing. It started with some pretty poor road surfaces as we left Brigham City. The quality of the road surface becomes a great concern as the Tour wears on as the difference a day of poor roads can make to the state of your backside at the end of it is immense. At times the road surface can almost bring tears to your eyes! Conversely a good smooth surface is a joy to ride on. We have had plenty of both so far.

Poor road surface as we left Brigham City

Poor road surface as we left Brigham City

Once out of the city we soon hit the hills and as we gained altitiude the scenery became much more interesting as we entered forested areas again.

Todays hills looming in the distance

Todays hills looming in the distance

Looking back down on the road as we gained altitude

Looking back down on the road as we gained altitude

Once climbing, we gained altitude quickly and climbed continuously for over 5200ft until we reached the summit of the climb at over 9000ft. High enough that I could feel a shortness of breath as I climbed.

Lunch was taken at a car park near the summit and then straight after we hit some serious decent with top speeds of over 48mph reached.

Once we had decended to just over 6000ft  we passed through the border to Wyoming, our fourth state on route to our destination for the day – Evanston.

Lori Cherry and myself at the Wyoming Welcome post.

Lori Cherry and myself at the Wyoming Welcome post.

Dinner that night was at Don Pedros Mexican restaurant and the Mexican beer went down very well with the Carne Asada y Mas  (Steak with rice, refried beans and enchilada).

Stats for the day:-

Distance: 102 miles

Climbing: 5800ft

Temp; Hot again, topped out at around 93f

Wildlife: Something alive today!  Chipmunks and Marmots.

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