Bow Tie Tour

Alaska and back again, our motorcycle tales

Day 12 – Casper Wyoming

What a Day!
We woke up early to have breakfast with “the men” of the True Family… Two brothers, fathers of 6 and 8 respectively, and accomplished business owners. We listened as they shared their new vision for business and family, it was great…
Walking to Breakfast:

Walking to Breakfast in Casper, Wyoming by Eric Farewe
“Eggintons” – Great Breakfast!
Eggingtons by Eric Farewell

After breakfast we hurried back to the homestead to meet with each of their families so that Ethan and I could share our homeschooling stories and explain where we struggled, where we strived and the problems/ successes of our lives thus far.

We fielded questions from the children and adults for around 2 hours before we retreated to one of the homes for lunch.

“Lunch Break”

Lunch Break at the Trues, by Eric Farewell

It was time to leave, so after rinsing the dust off of the bikes we said our goodbyes, collected some signatures and took off to the North and West.

True Signing
And signed:

True Signed

From Casper we hopped on the Interstate, nearly ran out of gas and ran at high speed until we got off on a scenic highway through the Bighorn Mountains towards Yellowstone.
The road was smooth and the scenery was incredible… I touched both of my knees down going up and down the mountain passes and we were amazed by the sudden influx of Harley’s riding over from the massive Sturgis Rally.
A scenic overlook:

Scenic Overlook - Eric Farewell, By Ethan Demme
After passing literally hundreds of Harleys going both East and West, we entered Shoshone Canyon… It looked like something out of a John Wayne movie. I half expected hundreds of Indians to start hurling rocks and firing arrows at us from above. That fear aside, the ride was gorgeous… The river running beside us was incredible and the rock structure is like nothing else.

I stopped beside a sign and while waiting for Ethan to catch up, I snapped this picture.

Shoshone Canyon - Yamaha FZ1

And when he pulled up:

From Shoshone Canyon, we rode into Cody… Buffalo Bill’s favorite place (and thus, named after him!). After fueling up we rolled into the downtown area and discover row upon row of parked Harleys… Probably 1,000 of them just on the main street.

The next Canyon was incredible, we passed through a couple of long tunnels and saw beautiful waterfalls and rapids from alongside steep walls that towered hundreds of feet above us. The last tunnel we passed through took us past the dam and visitors center and on to a sunset lit reservoir that was absolutely breathtaking.

Here are a couple of shots from there, MANY more images to come.

By Eric Farewell - Cody Reservoir

Ethan’s beautiful Silver Yamaha FZ1…

Silver FZ1
My “Manly Blue” Yamaha FZ1:

Blue FZ1 (Yamaha) - By Eric Farewell and Ethan Demme

Ethan fully enjoying God’s beauty :-)

Ethan Demme and Eric Farewell

More Beauty… This time in Black and White:

Beauty in Black and White

Ethan got this one of me :-)

Eric Farewell

And the lake itself:

Gorgeous Lake by Eric Farewell

From the lake, we rode another 40 miles or so to the lodge that is just before the entrance of Yellowstone…

We arrived there just after 8:00PM and were informed that there was no way to get into the park until the next day, AND that they had absolutely no vacancies… See, the road that we had to ride to get into (and through) the park is under major construction. At night, they are blasting the mountainside beside the road to make improvements, and as you can probably imagine; riding beside live dynamite without them knowing you’re coming probably isn’t the brightest idea.

We weren’t too dissapointed though, the 30 miles that we needed to ride back to the lodge we’d decided to stay the night at, were INCREDIBLY beautiful and the road was a blast… We made it back in no time and after haggling with the owner of the lodge, we settled ourselves into a neat little cabin beside a rushing river.

Our plan for the night was to sit back, maybe work a bit and definitely get some writing done for this blog… Those plans were ruined when Ethan decided that it’d be fun to try his hand at Karaoke in the lodge.
Ethan Demme Singing Elvis

It was hilarious!
We found time to talk to a lot of the employees and guests there… Some TRULY unique characters and some that you’re never quite sure if you WANTED to meet ;-) We made plans to ride out at 7:30AM with a couple on a Harley and headed off to catch a few hours of sleep.

At around 9:45AM we woke up, and after doing some rolling over we headed in to breakfast… I guess we aren’t as young as we used to be! ;-)

Ethan’s side –

Today we had breakfast with the True brothers and had more excellent conversation then packed our bikes and headed north. Our goal was to hit Yellowstone national park then ride up into Montana. We rode through the dessert then through the mountains, over the river and through the woods but never made it to grandmothers house.

We made it to the park entrance at 8:30 only to discover that the road closed at 8 so we were stranded and doubled back to find a cheap hotel. The doubling back wasn’t so bad because the thirty miles before the park entrance is a beautiful winding road along a river with a full moon reflecting from it. We found a neat place but the rooms were a little on the pricey side so we walked out and met the owner of the place, after chatting for a little bit he gave us a discount and we had a place to stay for the night.

We unpacked and walked back to the bar to see what was happening and to try some Alaskan beer that we had heard about. There wasn’t much happening, some rodeo guys were playing pool and in the big room there were three people singing karaoke. We bought a six pack and turned to leave when the lure of the karaoke took over. I had had Johnny Cash in my head all day and decided to give “Jackson” a try. I had sang a few lines over the intercom at a southwest ticket counter and thought it should be to difficult. I managed to get through without sounding horrible and enjoyed being on stage so we hung out for a while and I tried my hand at the whole karaoke scene. I sang “Superstar” by the Carpenters next followed by “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver and “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash. I did ok on “Ring of Fire” and the local talent got on stage for “Plaise di Amour” a la Elvis. He did a good job so I took it as a challenge and responded with “Teddy Bear” by Elvis and brought down the house. The other guy backed down after that brought an end to the Karaoke glory days. We stayed there for a while longer chatting with some cool folks then headed to bed.

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  1. Megan August 20th, 2006 6:03 pm

    The pictures are lovely, especially the lake!! …And that manly blue motorcycle. ;-)

  2. Jenny K. August 20th, 2006 6:54 pm

    Praying for you guys! So wonderful to see the beauty you are enjoying and how wonderful to share these times with people on the way. Just wish I could hear Ethan singing…fun fun! Jenny

  3. Broncomom August 20th, 2006 8:16 pm

    So how is Ethan’s singing LOL

  4. Steph August 20th, 2006 8:34 pm

    Amazing pictures!!!

  5. Karen August 23rd, 2006 12:44 am

    The photos are achingly beautiful!

    What an adventure!

    I love those wide-open skies *(and roads ;) *

  6. Rowena August 28th, 2006 6:18 am

    Ha, that is so sweet…I know exactly which roads and sights you were talking about, as I just went through there in June on a tentcamping trip! Very very pretty (even if it did snow on us in Yellowstone, sigh).