The Cloud Peak 500 is a 500 mile remote road loop in and around the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. This post is part of a series that describes some of each day's logistics involved when we rode the route on bicycles loaded for a 7-8 day self-supported tour in early August 2020. It also includes a screen shot and link to a digital map on ridewithgps.com, which I created after the trip to show our ride for each separate day. Finally, it adds a photo gallery. This post covers Miles 251-299 of the route, which was my Day 6. Go to Miles 0-52 for Logistics for Day 1, go to Miles 52-104 for Logistics for Day 2, go to Miles 104-151 for Logistics for Day 3, go to Miles 151-201 for Logistics for Day 4, go to Miles 201-251 for Logistics for Day 5, and go to Miles 251-299 for Logistics for my Day 6.
No pretense here. Today the Cloud Peak 500 climbs to another treeless ridgeline, drops down an arid mountainside to a dry valley far below, and rolls across the cooked prairie. Once again, there is no shade and there is no water. All day the route crosses nothing but sagebrush country, until the town of Kaycee at the very end. Look forward to another long, hot, dusty day.