Cheyenne

You win some and you lose some.  Yesterday was a loss.  Our moving truck broke down on Interstate 80 east of Cheyenne at about 8:00 PM last night.  On the plus side, it was a glorious sunset.  On the minus side,  what was going to be an early night in Laramie and a quick trip to Ogden today turned out to be something dramatically different.

They say that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  That’s not always the easiest thing to remember, but it’s a little easier when you have a bicycle in the back of your disabled moving van.    After sending Jan, Jessica and Blossom the Cat on their way to Ogden, I decided to kill some time while waiting to be rescued with a little bicycle tour of Cheyenne.  I pulled my trusted Kona Rove out of the back of the dead moving van and spent the better part of thirty minutes pedaling around central Cheyenne.

Wyoming State Capital building, Cheyenne

Wyoming State Capital building, Cheyenne

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Some cities have cows. Cheyenne has cowboy boots (and bicycles)!

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Re-Ride is a free bikeshare program featuring hard to miss yellow bikes.

I would have liked to have gone further but the temperature was in the high 30s, there was a stiff northwest breeze and I only had summer clothes handy.  Still, the allure of exploring a new and somewhat exotic city was worth a little shivering.

Cheyenne is a compact city nestled at the foot of the Rockies in the far southeast corner of the state.  It’s on a high plain, an altiplano, and it is mostly flat.  I set out from my hotel on the west end of town on Lincolnway and Interstate 80 and navigated the city’s street grid.  I went through downtown and past many state buildings including Wyoming’s handsome state capital.

One interesting factoid about Cheyenne is that many intersections don’t have any stop signs.  I learned this from my tow truck driver last night and saw it first hand today.  It’s hard to imagine this until you see it for yourself.  It seems like it’s inviting disaster, but from the perspective of a bicyclist it’s pretty cool.  No stop signs means no stopping!

All in all, it was an enjoyable ride through one of America’s smaller state capital cities.  If you come, you don’t even have to bring your bike.  Cheyenne has a free bikeshare program.  Just look for the yellow Re-Ride bikes, grab one, saddle up and ride!

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