Monday, February 27, 2017

Over the Togwotee pass

As we went out of Moran Junction and started to climb up over the Absoraka Range through Togwotee Pass (Elev, 9625ft.) conditions deteriorated.  The road became snow-packed. The visibility dropped to about 10%. Were it not for orange snowplow guides (almost buried, but sticking out above the high banks on either side), we wouldn't have known where the road was. But there was virtually no traffic. We went slowly, and the road was never slick. It was an adventure.

Up over the pass (snow-mobilers on the side)

Pretty close to a total white-out

This is what we would have seen on a clear day

As we descended the other side,  the road and visibility improved and soon, the road was completely dry, and the fields almost snow free.

We went through Dubois and on to Riverton, WY on completely dry road. We arrived at the Paintbrush Motel at about 6:00p.m., in time for me to watch the second half of the UNC/Virginia game, which ended with a UNC defeat, 53-43, the lowest score in Roy Williams 14 years as coach. A big factor was that the 'Heels had played an intense game in Pittsburgh just two nights earlier, which they won handily. They were visibly tired. It was also a home game for Virginia, and the Heels had handed them a humiliating defeat just 10 days ago in Chapel Hill, so Virginia was out for revenge. They got it.

Tomorrow should be fairly easy going.

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