I have just learned that there is a four mile stretch of massive road construction at the top of the mountain near Wind River Pass on Highway 26 and this now represents an additional issue. I was informed by a highway worker that the construction crew cannot let me walk through the site - it's the law in Wyoming. Therefore I have three choices:
1. Let them drive me the four miles and drop me off at the other side. My goal has been to walk every step of the way across the United States and I would probably view this as some sort of defeat.
2. I can take a five mile gravel road around the site. This is a problem for two reasons: one - because it extremely difficult to be hauling my trailer/cart up and down gravel roads, and two - he warned me I have a much better chance of meeting a grizzly bear by going this route.
3. They do not work on Sundays. If I can plan my walk so that I go though the construction site on Sunday I can walk though it.
At this time, I am opting toward choosing #3. That leaves me today, Friday, and Saturday to get there and that may alter my plans for Teton Park. I need to think this one through yet.
Always an issue - remember to be like water.
Two additional footnotes:
1. I have experienced two small earthquakes while sitting in my motel. I asked the clerk about this and she said it happens all the time in this geological area. No one seems to even notice or pay attention as they are a regular occurrence.
2. I am now beginning my second pair of shoes. I could have stretched my original pair a bit longer but they were pretty ragged on the inside and smelly too. My wife Cynthia sent them to me via the motel knowing that I would be here. A big thanks to her!