“The Great American Desert”

Quick Facts: In 1927 Nebraska was named “The Great American Desert” then it was the “Tree Planters State” and finally the “Cornhusker State”. (https://www.50states.com/facts/nebraska.htm ) We can see why it has been named all three of those things. You have the sandhills and desert type soil mixed along with cattle and farmlands as far as the eye can see and the further East you go, the more trees you see. (These are our observations from the Northern part of the state.)

May 13, 2019- Long Pine State Recreation Area, Long Pine, NE

We woke up later than our normal 7 am or earlier time. It took us a little while to pack up camp this morning but Ron an Onyx were able to get on the road a little before 9:30 am. Today, Phoenix turned 8 months old; we have had him since he was a few days over 6 weeks old. We (especially, Meghan) can’t believe how much he has grown and wishes time would slow down just a little. But, isn’t that true for all kids (furry and non)? After Ron rode 11.5 miles, he’s shedding some layers of clothing. It is warming up pretty good. It is 65° and sunny. Onyx gets to get out of the bike trailer and Phoenix has a turn. Around noon, Ron has ridden 24.5 miles. He takes a quick break and switches Phoenix out of the trailer and puts Onyx in. Ron pedals 46.5 miles into Ainsworth, Nebraska. They stop for lunch at Pizza Hut and decide they will ride another 7 plus miles out of town to the Long Pine State Park as there aren’t many options in Ainsworth. After lunch, Ron starts riding and Meghan goes to get fuel for the generator as they know they will be dry camping. She inquires about getting water too as they are starting to get low on their water storage. The woman at the gas station tells Meghan where she can get water but Meghan missed the turn somehow and decided that they would figure it out later. When they arrived at the park. Ron had ridden another 8 miles, making the days total riding 54.5 miles. We also received our weekly Canine Partners for Life update that we have raised $5,405.87! We are excited to see the number go up and hope that it increases even more. We are close to halfway through our journey! When we pulled into our camp spot next to the water, the dogs were super excited. The first thing Onyx did was run down to the water and wade in it up to his belly. Phoenix and Onyx barked for play time. Ron threw sticks and balls for hours with them. Meghan found a water spigot and filled a few jugs of water. Our camp neighbors came over and chatted with us for a little while and even handed us a donation! That evening we built a fire and took our cowboy baths in our tiny collapsible dog pool. The dogs were so tired, they curled up in the grass and slept while we bathed. Onyx ended up moving into the high grass and laid in it like a wild animal. We didn’t need heat for the probably the second time in our entire journey so far but we did need our fan.

May 14, 2019- Carney Park, O’Neill, Nebraska

Today we are headed to O’Neill, Nebraska’s Irish town. We woke up this morning and it is sunny and nice out. By 10 am Ron and Onyx had pedaled into the town of Bassett. We stopped for quick drink at the convenience store and switched Onyx out of the trailer and put Phoenix in. Around 1 pm Ron puts Phoenix in the truck and take Fonyx for the remainder of the ride. Some time in the afternoon while Meghan is waiting around the halfway point for Ron she spots someone flying a bi-plane really low overhead. It is quite entertaining to watch while she waits for Ron. In total Ron ends up riding 60 miles into O’Neill. Just as we were about to enter the town, a man driving a green Chevy Cavalier swerved and drove up the shoulder of the road directly at Ron and Fonyx, running him off the road and into the ditch. The man was laughing hysterically as he intended to run Ron off the road. There has only been a few of these incidents but Ron was very upset by this man’s actions. (And enforces our commitment to keeping the dogs safe and using Fonyx whenever we are uncomfortable with traffic conditions). The traffic is also getting heavy this evening as we head into O’Neill. As Ron is riding into town, he is passed by several tractor trailers carrying windmill blades. We find Carney Park which is just on the south side of Highway 20. It is 75° today and Team Ronyx is feeling it. The temps seemed to jump from cold to hot overnight and our bodies haven’t had time to adjust. We have officially reached our halfway point in our journey. Ron has pedaled 1,627 miles across Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Nebraska. He has completed 317.5 miles across the state of Nebraska and will soon be in Iowa. Our good friend Kem has sent us a package to O’Neill but it isn’t due to arrive until Thursday so we decide to stay in town 2 nights and grab the package on our way out of town on Thursday morning. Our friends’ Juanita and Harold are still stranded in Table Rock, Wy but they have gotten word that their axle should be in tomorrow and fixed. An insurance appraiser has been out to inspect their trailer damage to see if it can be covered under their insurance policy. We have some laundry that needs washed and could use a break. The park is nice and quiet. We talked to a few people passing through. The park has electrical hookups and water spigots and bathrooms and showers. Team Ronyx is happy to get a real shower again.

May 15, 2019- Carney Park, O’Neill, Nebraska

Team Ronyx hardly slept last night. It was hot, the dogs were panting and begging to go outside in the middle of the night. Ron got up and let them out to do their business. When he crawled back into bed, he felt something crawling on his arm. He tried to sweep it off the bed, him and Meghan both sat straight up and grabbed a light. It took Ron a few moments to find the culprit but he did and he was a black spider about the size of a quarter. Ron smashed him and took the blanket outside. Everybody was all wound up then so no one was able to sleep. Ron laid on the bench that we have in the camper where the dogs normally sleep. Meghan rearranged the bed and tried to read herself tired but it didn’t seem to be working well. Eventually, everybody drifted off to sleep again. It was a good thing that we weren’t going anywhere too far today as we are tired. We get up and take our time gathering laundry and packing up our camp. We go do laundry and meet a very nice trucker there. He brings in his atlas and goes over suggested highway routes with Meghan for their Indiana route. He has lots of information about the different highways and places to avoid the heavy traffic. After our Laundry is done we go and grab lunch in town and then return to Carney Park; after unsuccessfully finding anywhere to swim the dogs. We pick a different camp spot that is in the grass between two nice shade trees. Meghan fills the dog pool for the dogs to get a drink and get wet if they’d like. Onyx, the super water dog does NOT like pools of any size shape or color. He will dive in a river, stream, pond, bay or any other natural body of water but is absolutely unwilling to touch a pool. Phoenix was hesitant at first but then would stand in the pool to drink. Meghan was finally able to assist Onyx with putting his front paws in the pool but that is all he would cooperate with. That afternoon, Meghan spent time reading and cleaning out the camper box. She took all the dog blankets out and hung them on a line to air out. She shook the couch cushion out and left it outside to air out as well and vacuumed all the dog hair up inside. Our tiny home get’s pretty dirty quickly. We heard from Juanita and Harold, they have been repaired and they are on the road to the nearest campground to get showers and do laundry. They have been stranded in their abandoned gas station parking lot for 10 days, from Tuesday, May 7 until today. They haven’t heard from their insurance but they and Team Ronyx hope that their insurance picks up the damage. Now, Juanita and Harold are back on the road and ready to catch up to Team Ronyx. That night it was so hot that Team Ronyx left their tiny home door wide open almost all night. They also had two fans running and they were still hot.

May 16, 2019- Plainview City Park, Plainview, Nebraska

Today Ron starts out around 8:40 am with Fonyx as we aren’t sure how hot it is going to get and the traffic was pretty busy in twn the other day. While Ron is pedaling East, Meghan heads to the post office to see if their package has arrived yet. After she get’s their package from Kem, Meghan picks up a few groceries and then heads out of O’Neill to see how far Ron has gotten. At 16 miles into today’s journey Meghan and Ron meet along highway 20 and Ron decides to switch out the old bike trailer for the new one and puts Onyx in the trailer. It is 75°F out already and it’s only 10:45 am. The weather forecast is calling for temps up to 89°F. It doesn’t seem very windy out today but there is just enough wind to keep Ron working hard for every mile, even the downhills have to be pedaled through. Team Ronyx arrives in Plainview after Ron rode through 48.5 miles through the wind, just before 5 pm. They are camping at the City Park which is across the street from the Klown Doll Museum. Team Ronyx is curious and would like to visit but it doesn’t appear to be open during the evenings on weekdays. With the park being right in the center of town there are people all around us. Several stop to talk to us to comment about our tiny home and our journey. After Ron made the dog’s their supper on our single burner “stove”; Meghan decided to heat up a pot of water for Ron to take a bath. She took the burner outside and plugged it into the power outlet outside and made sure the light was on. She then set the pot of water on it and waited for it to get hot. Ron checked the water a few times and it didn’t seem to be getting hot. He eventually took the pot off the burner and the burner was cold. At first he didn’t think Meghan turned it on but after checking it out, realized our burner had burnt out. No, showers tonight. There are supposed to be shower facilities at this park but since we are here early in the season, the pool isn’t open and that is where the showers are located. They decide they will get showers at the next campground in Laurel, Nebraska. That evening the temperatures began to drop as a cold front was moving in. There were predictions of severe thunderstorms overnight and Team Ronyx was ready for a good storm but hoped it didn’t interfere with Ron’s riding the next day. Earlier in the afternoon, Team Ronxy and James Dworkin announced that Onyx’s Great Adventure would be chronicled in Dworkin’s next children’s book. Callie Kautz, a friend of Team Ronyx’s will be illustrating the book.

May 17, 2019- Laurel City Park, Laurel, Nebraska

The temperature outside this morning has dropped significantly compared to the last few days. At 8:15 Ron and Phoenix headed out on 20 East heading towards Laurel, Nebraska. It is only 38 miles away and the wind doesn’t seem too bad inside the town of Plainview. As Ron heads outside of town, he is hit with the wind again. It seems much stronger than the wind yesterday. As Meghan is pulling out of town to catch up with Ron, the wind hits the truck camper and really puts a drag on it. When Ron reached the 7 mile mark, he switched Phoenix out and puts Fonyx in the trailer. Team Ronyx is estimating that Juanita and Harold will catch up with them sometime tomorrow. After fighting the wind all day Ron arrives in Laurel a little after 4 pm. Meghan had driven a few miles ahead of Ron and found their camp spot at the City Park. The City Park is right on the edge of town. On three sides of the park there are residential houses and the fourth side is a farm. There are bathrooms at the park, a pavilion and electrical hookups for RVs but no showers. Meghan is disappointed but she was able to stop at the Dollar Store in town and found another single burner cook-top to heat their food and water. After Ron arrives, Team Ronyx has dinner and feeds the dogs. They heat up water for baths and got cleaned up. Tomorrow they are planning to get to Iowa but Ron is exhausted from fighting through the wind all day. There are thunderstorm warnings throughout the region for the night with the potential of hail and tornado warnings. Meghan kept an eye on the weather for the evening to make sure that they aren’t in any danger.

May 18, 2019- Laurel City Park, Laurel, Nebraska

After waking up this morning, Team Ronyx decides that they are going to stay in Laurel and let Ron relax and rest up after fighting the wind for 2 days straight. The thunderstorms never hit overnight but the cold weather has officially moved back into the area. They decided to hike around town and stop at some of the stores. They end up grabbing lunch at Subway and taking it back to their campsite. Today is a slow day for Team Ronxy, Meghan realized she hadn’t updated their social media to let everybody know that they had decided to stay another day so she posts a quick message to let everybody know they are ok. Team Ronyx reaches out to Juanita and Harold to let them know where they are. That afternoon, Meghan spends time watching some movies, working on the blog and Ron plays with the dogs and relaxes outside. That evening, Harold and Juanita arrive a little after 4 pm. Everybody has a good evening of sharing trip stories and having dinner. Before everybody goes to bed they go over the map and finalize their route plans for the next day. Tomorrow we will be in Iowa!

We are in Cow Country!

May 9, 2019- Merriman, Nebraska

We have a few errands to run this morning, first stop-The post office. We need to get our Mother’s Day cards out to all of our moms (will explain later). Then we hit the market for a few items for the next few days as we aren’t sure what and if there will be any grocery stores for a few more towns. We are heading to Merriman, Nebraska today. It is bitter cold out and raining. Since Ron rode yesterday to bank some miles, we are going to drive out of town that far this morning. We clock his mileage and it ends up being 13 miles. We drive that far and then Ron gets on his bicycle and starts towing Fonyx East on Highway 20. It is currently 40° and overcast. The northern part of Nebraska is mainly flat but has some hilly parts as well. We have pastures on both sides of the highway and lots of ranches. We enter the Sandhills area of Nebraska. There are huge rolling hills of sand with grass growing on them. Ron pedals 17.5 miles by 2 pm. The mind is rough and keeping him at about 5 mph. A woman name Tria buys him a sandwich, water, chips and cookie from Subway. Ron is excited to tell Meghan when they meet up again; and asks her to thank her on social media. He ends up pedaling 32 miles into Merriman and arrives at 3:45 pm. As he is pedaling into town, he rides right past Tria’s house and she invites Team Ronyx to park in her driveway for the night. Ron rides up to where Meghan is parked and waiting for him and tells her that they are going to camp at Tria’s tonight. Once we got to her house, Onyx and Phoenix got to meet Mika. She is a black lab too! We also met Tria’s mom and neighbor too. That evening, Ron played with all 3 dogs and Meghan and Tria chatted. We have met another great friend on this journey.

Two month Road Recap

Team Ronyx has been on the road for 2 months. We have spent 61 days away from our beach, friends and family. We have had several challenges and experienced a lot of things. We love camping out in the middle of nowhere but we also enjoy our showers and hot running water. We have learned how to be very conservative with water and electricity. Meghan is glad that she purchased several small power banks and one large power bank. Ron jokes and says that all the wires and cords make it look like a mad scientist lab. We have had the opportunity to stay in 3 hotels during our trip and found that we actually sleep better in our tiny home bed but hot breakfasts are a nice commodity.

Ron’s take on the trip so far. He says that the ride has been grueling at times, through the sleet, snow and high elevations but he is loving every minute of it. He loves a challenge and getting to see all the sites that he has. He is motivated by the people we see along the way that could benefit by having a service dog and those who are so generous even when they don’t have much to give. Although we aren’t where we’d like to be with our fundraising goal, Ron is still happy with the overall trip and progress that we have made. Every new person that we meet and every new follower on social media gives him more motivation to keep going.

Meghan’s take on the trip so far. She’s ready for warmer weather! She is impressed by the progress Ron has made so far as some of the roads have been very challenging. Meghan has often remarked to Ron that she is glad it is him and not her. She misses he kids but get’s to talk with them often and video chat with them. Meghan is thankful for all of the people who have made suggestions and who continually share their (Onyx’s Great Adventure) posts on social media. She is also thankful that when Team Ronyx decides to stay in an area for more than one night, that she gets to get out and get exercise as she often feels cooped up in the truck (although she has started to do some exercises along the road to break up the time spend in the truck).

Overall, after two months on the road, Team Ronyx is almost halfway to their destination of Cochranville, PA. Their goal of raising at least $30,000 is still in their sights even though they have only raised just over $5,000. The adventure is still worth all the effort, money and time spent on it; as we have met some of the most kind people along the way. The media often depicts the world in such a negative light that it takes something like this to open your eyes to goodness that is still left in others.

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May 10, 2019- Cody City Park, Cody, Nebraska

Phoenix is sick, it’s early and Meghan is woken up to the sound of Phoenix getting sick in their tiny home. She gets up and lets him outside and cleans up the mess. She isn’t quite sure why he has an upset stomach but has an idea it could be from sneaking cat food. Everybody attempts to go back to sleep but is kept up by Phoenix’s constant upset stomach. Finally everybody is up and moving. Meghan’s phone is confused. It keeps changing times on her. Tria told them that when they get to Kilgore, they will be in Central Time, so Meghan assumes it’s from that. Team Ronyx is ready to head down the road around 8 am. Tria has places to be too. Everybody chats a little bit and then we all head off. Ron and Onyx head out on 20E towards Cody, Nebraska. Ron does not think he will make it the whole way to Valentine (61 miles) in the wind so we decide we will camp in Cody then head to Valentine. We arrived in Cody just before 11 am. Ron pedaled 24.5 miles to get here. About 10 miles from town he switched Onyx out and put Phoenix in for the remainder of the ride. They went to the Circle C Market in Cody. It’s the only grocery store for the area. Most people have to travel 30 or more miles to the next nearest grocery store. The store is run by the high school students and was built off of a grant. It wasn’t very big but it has a little bit of everything that you could need. We grabbed some milk, eggs, bread and the essential Milky Way and Hershey Bar. Then we headed over to the Huskers Bar for lunch. We had a wait a little while since it didn’t open until 11 am. We both had bacon burgers and they were delicious. Then we parked at the City Park and walked around town. You are definitely out in the middle of nowhere here. Meghan and Ron wandered over to the livestock store. It had your typical livestock supplies and then a little gift shop area with some really nice stuff from dishes, to jewelry to leather wallets and toys. Ron had sneakily purchased a cowgirl necklace for Meghan. When they left the store, Ron surprised Meghan with the necklace since he knows she loves horses and thought she would like a keepsake from the mid-west. That afternoon, Ron decided to bike with Onyx. The day turned out beautiful and sunny around 50°. He biked out to the next town of Nenzel and back which added up to 15 miles that they could use towards heading to Valentine the next day.

May 11, 2019- Valentine City Park, Valentine, Nebraska

7 am and Team Ronyx is up. They refill their water jugs and hit the road as it’s raining this morning. They drive to the 15 mile mark that Ron rode yesterday and unloaded the bike gear. Ron decided he would take Fonyx since we weren’t sure how the weather would hold up. Ron pedaled 10 miles before Meghan caught up to him. The skies were clearing up and it is 41°. When we were about halfway between Cody and Valentine, Team Ronyx entered the Central Time zone. We are now 2 hours ahead of the West Coast and 1 hour behind the East Coast. Another sign that we are almost halfway across the country. Ron rides into Valentine around 1 pm. We stop for fuel, lunch at Subway and some groceries; then we head 3 miles out of town. Meghan has found a free campsite out there but it was gated off. They decided to drive a little further and park at the Nebraska Rail Trail and take the dogs for a walk. Team Ronyx and the dogs walked to the old railroad bridge and back to the truck. They decided to go back into town to the Valentine City Park to camp. It’s $5 and right along the water. As soon as we found our spot for the night and let the dogs out, they jumped into the water for big drink and splash. Ron throws balls and sticks with them in the water for over an hour. Soon the dogs are worn out a little.

May 12, 2019- Valentine City Park, Valentine, Nebraska

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there. Whether you are a fur mom, birth mom stepmom, aunt, or mom at heart, we wish you a day filled with love and togetherness. Team Ronyx isn’t biking today. Meghan wants to explore the Wildlife Refuge just outside of town because there is a waterfall and bison there! We take our time getting up today, then we head into town to see what’s there, then we go back out of town to the Wildlife Refuge. As soon as we pulled into the Refuge we saw a whole herd of bison. There was probably around 8-10 with little calves. Meghan was so excited. Then we drove out to the hiking trail that goes by the waterfall. We hiked with the dogs for over 2 hours and then we took pictures of the prairie dogs and bison and headed back into town for lunch. We ate at the Bunkhouse Restaurant. It was a good meal. After lunch we decided to go back to the Valentine City Park to camp even though the restrooms and showers weren’t available. We decided we would take our “cowboy” baths. We played with the dogs for several hours, heated our water up over the grill and then hung out for the evening. We had several visitors stop by our set up and comment on how much they liked our tiny house. Overall – even though we couldn’t be with our families today, we enjoyed it. The world of technology helps us feel a little closer anyway.

3 Down, on to the 4th

May 5, 2019- Eagles Rest RV Park, Chadron, Nebraska

I’m ready dad!

We wake up and discuss where to go today and decide we will head into Crawford further and potentially go on to the next town of Chadron. We are officially in our fourth state. It’s overcast and cold today. Team Ronyx needs to get their laundry done. Ron is out on the road by 8:30 am with Phoenix. They make a quick stop right at the Crawford sign and pick up drinks at the convenience store. Meghan sits at the store for awhile while Ron rides through town. There is a breeze today and some inclines in the road, there is no ability to coast because there is enough of sideways wind to require Ron to pedal for every forward movement. Meghan catches up with Ron around 8 miles into today’s journey. He switched Phoenix out of the bike trailer and puts Onyx in. Onyx isn’t really digging the trailer so Ron has to physically carry him to the trailer. Team Ronyx makes it to Chadron, WY a little after 1 pm. They decide to go find lunch and a laundromat and then they will decide if they want to camp at the RV park just before you get into town or at the truck stop in town. They decide to eat lunch at Helen’s Pancake and Steak House. Ron orders a burger and Meghan get’ a chicken wrap. While they are sitting there waiting to order a man and two teenagers start asking Team Ronyx what they are doing. They think it’s really cool what we are doing and they are already on our Facebook, following our Journey. Their mom ends up being our waitress and she does a wonderful job. After lunch we go and do laundry, then we decided to go back to the campground that was just outside of town. Once we got there, we set up camp. We do dry camping so that we can get a discounted rate and still get showers. The place is pretty muddy but it works for what we need. Meghan is having a really off- day, she’s tired and irritable. (She calls it “peopled-out”) She’s hoping an early bedtime will help. Ron tells her to take a break and they will stay put in the morning if she still needs some time.

May 6, 2019- Eagles Rest RV Park, Chadron, Nebraska

Team Ronyx wakes up early but Meghan is still moving pretty slow. They decide to take the day to run some errands and give Meghan a break. Being tied to Social Media almost around the clock is draining Meghan, she loves what she is doing but she needs to give herself time off. They head into town back to Helen’s for brunch, Ron orders his burger again because he liked it so much, Meghan orders eggs and toast. After brunch, they pick up dog food and head over to Walmart to get a few things. They go back the the original campground after exploring around town for a little while. Meghan get’s the updated amount of funds they have raised for Canine Partners for Life. They have raised $5,274 dollars so far. Team Ronyx isn’t quite where they want to be with donations but they will continue working to get to $30,000 which is the cost of one service dog. Meghan figures out that it took Ron 9 bicycling days and 7 networking or resting days to ride across the state of Wyoming. That gave him an average of 48 miles ridden each day. Early in the evening Tean Ronyx meets one of their camp neighbors and talk to him for awhile and learn that he is part of a motorcycle club that raises money for kids who were burn victims to go to a special camp. Meghan picked up some steaks at Walmart and tonight they are going to have Ron’s famous grilled steaks. Ron fires up their tiny home wood stove and starts cooking their steaks. Meghan prepares mashed potatoes, gravy and corn. Again, this cooking thing takes multiple pans and a single burner as they are using the cook top on the wood stove. Once the steaks are done, Meghan cooks the mashed potatoes, and makes the brown gravy. She has run out of pans though to cook their corn. She remembers she has a small loaf pan in their bin of kitchen items and pours the corn in there and cooks it alongside their gravy on the cook top. Cooking everything this way helps them save fuel by not firing up the generator. They keep the woodstove going late into the night and fire up up the generator right before bed. They decide Ron will ride to Rushville, Nebraska in the morning.

May 7, 2019- Rushville, NE

Ron and Fonyx pushing through

Meghan is the first one up today, she takes the dogs out, and then grabs a quick shower. The bath house at this campground is kind of awkward. There is a door from the exterior to go in the ladies room and a door in the interior that goes into the laundry room, which has another door directly into the men’s bathroom. The first night here, Meghan went in to use the facilities and could hear a group of men talking. The doors to both the ladies room and men’s room from the laundry room were wide open. She decided to skip having a shower than night as she wasn’t sure if she was alllowed to shut the door or not. She had decided in the morning that she would shut the door regardless if it was supposed to be open or not. Ron heads out on 20E around 8 am with Onyx. It’s overcast and 38° out. This isn’t very nice riding conditions but Ron is determined to move forward. Meghan heads into town with Phoenix to refuel the truck and gas can. Then she heads over to the Bean Broker Coffee House and Pub for a little pick-me-up for herself. She is surprised when she walks into the rather large establishment in the very charming old building. The building was originally a bank built in the 1900’s. When the banks went under this building became a mariad of other business until the previous owner turned it into a coffee house and pub. There were 3 seperate areas on the main floor. One was the coffee house, the other the bar and the third a small dining room. The space was perfect for small gathers. The new owner heard Meghan talking to the baristas and came out to talk to her about Onyx’s Great Adventure. He asked Meghan if she would pull her truck up in front of the building so he could share their story on social media. She agreed and went out to move the truck. Once she got situated in front of the building, Meghan, Phoenix and the two baristas got their picture taken. Then, Meghan got a tour of the building. She then dismissed herself and hurried out of town to catch up to Ron and Onyx. By now, it was raining pretty hard, at the 8 mile mark, Ron took Onyx out of the trailer and put Fonyx (Fake Onyx) in so Onyx didn’t have to sit in the trailer and get soaking wet all day. It took Ron almost 6 hours to get to Rushville, Wy due to the wind and rain. He pedaled 33.5 miles to town. They stop at the Pump and Pantry to see about parking there overnight as there aren’t any RV parks or rest stops nearby. The attendant in the store said they could park there but there wasn’t much room and it was right on the road. Meghan made a few phone calls and figured out there was a small RV park just on the other side of town. They drove out there and contacted the owner. This spot was formerly a mobile home park and they are fixing it up to become an RV park. They have water, sewer and electric hook ups but not bathroom facilities but there is a market next door. Once they find their spot, Ron plays with the dogs and Meghan works on finding their next camping spot and the distance to the next town. They determine they want to get to Merriman next and it’s 47 miles away.

May 8, 2019- Rushville, NE

I don’t care if the grass is wet.

It’s pouring down rain this morning and still 38°. Ron and Meghan discuss whether they want to continue forward or not. Ron suggests he ride around and bank miles today and they sit tight. This way Meghan can catch up on invoicing and updating their blog for the trip. It’s a good thing for Meghan because she is worried about their friends’ Juanita and Harold. Remember when they came to Arco, Idaho to visit us? Well, when they went home, they purchased a camper and decided to drive out to wherever we are along our journey and join our road trip! They left on Sunday, May 5 from Oregon and had driven through Oregon, through Idaho and as of yesterday they were making their way through Wyoming on Interstate 80. They were flagged downabout 70 miles before Rawlins, WY and told they were missing a tire on their camper. Upon inspection, they realized their whole tire and rim were missing along with the brake housing and it had caused a flat tire in the rear tandem axle. They ended up being able to put their spare tire on the rear axle and limp the trailer 6 miles up the road to an abandoned gas station and slept their overnight. They have been waiting all day for a tow or repair service to help them. Meghan decided around lunch time to start calling some tow and repair companies herself to see what the issue was with getting them towed because she was worried about her friends sitting along the highway in an abandoned gas station for who knows how long. Finally after calls all day and lots of waiting, Harold and Juanita have a company who will come and help them tomorrow. Hooray! The disappointing news is that they will have to replace their axle and it might take weeks to get one in but they are safe and will be getting help tomorrow. Tonight, Ron and Meghan feel less anxious for their friends, knowing they will get somewhere tomorrow. Ron starts up the wood stove and Meghan does the dishes then makes dinner of Chicken Alfredo from a pre-made frozen mix. That night, Ron heated up a pot of water to take his cowboy bath and Meghan continued to play catch up with the blog and updates.

That’s WY!

May 1, 2019- Ramada Plaza, Casper, Wy

Phoenix playing in the snow

We woke up to more snow! Ron wants to stay another night so today is going to be a relaxing day for Team Ronyx. We have to move rooms due to extending our stay. The next room is much smaller, but we don’t mind at all. Meghan is having some pain in her hip due to their cold hike yesterday (and the fact that Phoenix likes to play tug of war with the leash). She spends the day walking, stretching and resting. Ron rides 20 miles around the exterior of the hotel in the morning. They walk to get lunch and return to the hotel. They have met so many wonderful people here. They even made a friend from Massachusetts. They often run into her and Ron likes to give her a hard time about being a Patriots fan. After lunch, Ron goes out to bike more miles. While he is riding, a woman flagged him down. She is from the East Coast and has traveled out West to find doctors to get her sight back. She had seen Team Ronyx on the news and wanted to thank him for what he was doing. She said she didn’t have much and gave him a $5 bill. Ron thanked her and continued to pedal around the hotel. He was so excited to share the news with Meghan. These are the moments that give Ron the drive to do more. We ended the evening with another flat tire on the bicycle trailer. This time from a shard of glass in the parking lot.

May 2, 2019- Bixby Access Area, Douglas, WY

First stop, Tire Repair

Team Ronyx is up early today. They head down for their last breakfast at the hotel. Then it’s time to load their gear. Since we have put so much money into all of our gear, we typically take it all with us when we are not sleeping in the camper box. So that means, a bicycle, 2 trailers, generator, backpack, Fonyx, the jacks for the camper, electronics, the dogs, their dishes and whatever clothes and toiletries we need, go inside. It tends to fill up the room quick and it takes many trips to load and unload. We head out of the hotel a few minutes before 9 am. We have to go back to the Crazy Pedaler bike shop to get this tire repaired. After that’s completed, Ron get’s on the road with Onyx. He ends up calling Meghan a few minutes later to confirm directions. Meghan says she will head out to meet up with him. She calls him when she gets to where he should be and he isn’t there. He had missed his turn. They meet up and get back on track. Once Ron is back on the main road, Meghan sits and waits for him to pedal ahead. He pedals to the gas station just as you are leaving town and tells Meghan to meet him there. Meghan catches up with him and they go inside to get some beverages and discuss the rest of the route. The cashier told them she had the bill covered, no charge for their drinks! Thank you! We really do like how friendly Wyoming has been. Ron switches Onyx out for Fonyx as the road is busy and the shoulder is narrow. He pedals 24.5 miles and arrives in Glenrock, WY and decides he wants to keep riding to Douglas, WY. The road they had to take to bypass I25 goes by the Dave Johnston Power Plant and the Alvah H Unthank memorial site. After a few short miles, Tank Farm Road turns to gravel. At first Ron is able to ride on the packed down stones, then after about 2 miles, the gravel is loose. Ron is concerned that he is going to mess up his newly replaced tires or worse bend his rim by the weight of the trailer. We load up the truck and dive the 4.5 miles to the Bixby Access Area. There is a pit toilet and a lovely stream that runs through this area. The resident cattle herd is very curious about our tiny dog house and the barking frisky “mini-cows” (Onyx and Phoenix). Ron plays with the dogs for hours since they were cooped up for a few days in a hotel (even though we did take them on several walks). These access areas are great for off grid camping.

May 3, 2019- Outpost Truck Stop, Lusk, WY

On 93 South

We wake up early this morning and decide we will drive the remaining 10 miles out to the paved highway of 93S to get into the town of Douglas, WY. The road is rough but the scenery is beautiful. There are lots of cattle, horse farms and antelope along their journey. Once they get out to 93S around 8 am, Ron hops on his bike and tows Onyx into the town of Douglas where they intersect with 18/20E. They take a short break at the Douglas Fairgrounds and discuss how much further they want to go. They aim to get to the town of Lost Springs but they aren’t sure there is going to be many options there for them. Ron swaps out Onyx for Phoenix and continues out on 20 E which turns into E Antelope Rd. When Meghan and Ron meet up again, Ron informs Meghan that a passerby told him that E. Antelope Road gets pretty rough and that a group of cyclists turned around and came back to Douglas because of it. They decided to continue on, Ron had pedaled about 10 miles at this point. Little did they know in 5 more miles their road would turn to gravel again. Ron decided to see how far he could continue on the road. With his determination he was able to pedal through 14 miles of gravel road. Halfway through pedaling on the gravel road, he switches Phoenix out of the cart and puts Onyx back in. The sun is shining today and it’s 45°. They are off the gravel road around 12:30 pm, Ron switches, Onyx out of the trailer and puts Phoenix in. Then they are back on 18/20E. Team Ronyx goes through the town of Shawnee and then reaches the town of Lost Springs and their population is 4! The town literally consists of a antique store/shop, bar, parks and recreation building and park with a pavilion and very old playground equipment. There isn’t anywhere to camp so Ron says he will continue pedaling to Lusk, WY. When they were 7 miles from Lusk, Team Ronyx took a break at the 3 Sisters Rest Stop in Manville. Ron was getting hungry and was thinking they could grab something to eat there. When they went inside they talked with an elderly man who inquired about their trip. He was from Ohio and he had moved out to Wyoming 30 some years ago. He suggested Team Ronyx eat at the Outpost in Lusk. Ron decides he will stave of his hunger a little longer and pedal on. They arrive in Lusk around 4 pm, Ron has ridden 52.5 miles to get here plus we drove 10, so in total we have traveled 62.5 miles today. They find the Outpost and enjoy their meal. Before they left the restaurant a sweet couple approached them, they wanted to to know if Team Ronyx were on a work crew or something because of their neon yellow hoodies. After Ron and Meghan explained to them what they were up to the couple handed them a very generous donation and asked to be kept anonymous, the only thing Team Ronyx knew was that they were from Minnesota and on vacation out in Wyoming. Tonight’s sleeping spot is determined by the fact that the local RV park isn’t open yet and the truck stop is close by and showers are $5. They park behind the Outpost Truck Stop/Convenience store and settle in for the evening. Tomorrow they shall arrive in Nebraska!

May 4, 2019- Fort Robinson, Crawford, Nebraska

Hello Nebraska!

Today is the day that Team Ronyx will cross another state line. Along their route this morning a truck drive name Brett pulled over to talk to them in Van Tassell, WY. He shared his story with Team Ronyx about how he has walked across the US twice, for overdose awareness after losing his sister to an overdose. Ron talked with him for a few minutes and then took off with Onyx. Meghan continued to talk with Brett for a few more minutes and got information about his non-profit that he has started in Georgia. He is currently driving truck to save up money to continue his good deeds of helping people overcome addiction. If you’d like to learn more, check out his website here.
Ron pedals 23 miles to the Nebraska line. In total Ron has bicycled 433.5 total miles across Wyoming to Nebraska for Canine Partners for Life. Meghan snaps a bunch of pictures. Ron decides he wants to use his monkey skills and climb the Nebraska sign. Meghan snaps a few pictures and hopes that Ron doesn’t injure himself on the way back down. They continue on, their goal is to make it to Crawford, Nebraska. They find a historical park call the Fort Robinson State Park. They decide they will pay the daily park fee and the overnight fee and stay here for the evening. Ron has pedaled 56 miles and he’s hungry and needs a break. It’s also sunny and 69° outside, something Team Ronyx hasn’t seen this whole trip yet. Meghan goes to the park office and makes their arrangements. After they set up camp, Meghan decides to make spaghetti for dinner. It’s not often that she gets to cook but since they have electric hookups and the ingredients she sets out to make dinner. This is no easy feat though, we only have one burner to cook on so it’s a timing thing, she boils the noodles and then puts their strainer on a bowl, she then pours the noodles and boiling water into the strainer and bowl, the hot water keeps the noodles moist and hot. Then she browns the burger in the same pot, once the burger is browned, she adds a few spices and the spaghetti sauce. Nothing fancy. She thinks it would be great if they had garlic bread. She takes a few slices of white bread, smears them with butter, adds garlic and Italian seasonings, then right before the sauce is finished cooking, she throws the garlic bread into the toaster oven. Wa-la! Dinner is done! While Meghan was cooking dinner, the dogs were tied out. She noticed that Phoenix was shaking his paw and chewing on it. She check his paw and sure enough he had a goat head thorn in his pad. (Yep! We are dealing with them still!!) Apparently our site is riddled with them as Phoenix acquired several more through the evening and they were even tracked into our camper. After supper was eaten and the dogs fed, Team Ronyx explored the campground and the history that it held. That evening, Ron took a shower and upon his return he took the dogs down to the stream to see if they could spot any fish. When they returned, Meghan went and took her shower. Everything is done in turns so that one of us is with the dogs almost all of the time. The outside temps started to drop quickly as the sun set and Team Ronyx headed off to bed.

WY Not!?

April 28, 2019- Ramada Plaza, Casper, WY

Hell’s Half Acre

Team Ronyx is not moving very fast this morning. We are both very tired from not sleeping well last night night at our rest stop. It was cold, windy and noisy all night. While Meghan is walking the dogs she sees a herd of antelope out in the field behind the rest stop. It is overcast and 35 degrees out today. Ron starts pedaling at 9:20 am with Onyx. Meghan waits at the rest stop for 30 minutes. When she catches up with Ron, it is still very cold out. He has only pedaled about 4 miles. Today the wind is blowing to the side of him which makes it impossible for him to coast. He has to work for every inch he is getting. At 8 miles into today’s journey, Meghan finds the Hell’s Half Acre site. She is bummed that they could have slept here last night instead of the noisy rest stop. She knows Ron will be disappointed as well. She takes some pictures and waits for Ron to meet her there. When he arrives, he says exactly what Meghan had been thinking about missing the opportunity to camp there the night before. They walk around and check out the scenery and then Ron puts Fonyx in the trailer to give Onyx a break. It is almost lunch time and the temps have only gotten up to 37 degrees. Ron isn’t happy with the riding conditions paired with his lack of sleep the night before. They arrive in Powder River at noon and discuss where they want to go next. Ron is confident that he isn’t going to be able to pedal the entire 54 miles to Casper due to the wind holding him back. He says he will ride until 3:00 pm and see how far he gets. While Meghan waits for him to get up the road further. She decides to mail a package to Dodge Corporate. Team Ronyx has reached out to them about potential partnership/sponsorship opportunities and were asked to submit a proposal. Around 2:00 pm Team Ronyx is just out side the town of Natrona. He has pedaled 23.5 miles and knows he won’t make the other 30 to Casper. They load up and drive 29 miles to a hotel. They need a break, they have repairs they need to make to their tiny home and bicycle tires and they want to network some more. When they arrived at their hotel, their room wasn’t ready yet. They left and went to go get some food. When they returned an hour later, there still wasn’t a room ready for them. The assistant manager at the front desk was super friendly. After talking to Meghan for a few minutes she pulled some strings and upgraded their room to a King Bed Suite. This room had a jetted tub, full size fridge, conference table, couch and plenty of room for all of Team Ronyx to spread out. Team Ronyx was elated to have such nice accommodations. Earlier in the day, one of OGA’s (Onyx’s Great Aventure’s) followers, Susan B, messaged them to let them know that she contacted the Casper News Station K2 News to let them know we would be in town. The reporter then messaged us and we contacted her and left a message once we got into town. We didn’t hear back from her that evening but we figured it was probably because it was Sunday evening.

April 29, 2019- Ramada Plaza, Casper, WY

May I help you? -Onyx

Today’s agenda is pretty busy. We need to get a new back tire for Ron’ bike, the tread is almost completely gone from the weight of the trailer and dog. We also need to get tubes in the trailer tires from the goat head thorn punctures. Then we need to go to the hardware store to get screws to secure some of the signs on our tiny house that are splitting and curling and for our door that is coming apart from the weather. We also need to do laundry, we planned to do it at the hotel since they advertised a laundry facility but their washer has to be replaced, so no laundry facility at the moment. Kiera from K2 News calls us as we were getting ready to head out for the day. We make arrangements to meet her later after we are done with our errands. We find the Crazy Pedaler bike shop a few miles away from our hotel. They tell us to come back in a few hours and the tires will be done. So we find the local Ace Hardware and go and fix the door and signs on our tiny home. Then, we go to the car wash. It was a tight squeeze into the wash bay but we got our tiny home in there. As we are heading back to the bike shop, they call to let us know the repairs are done. We collect the bike gear and head back to the hotel. Meghan checks their email to see if they have gotten their updated fundraising totals from Canine Partners for Life yet, no update yet. Kiera arrives, and we go over the truck, the adventure and then head inside as it is bitter cold right now in Casper. We do our interview in our suite and then talk with Kiera about the East and West Coast. She is from New York and hasn’t been to West of Casper, yet. After, Kiera leaves, we gather our laundry and head back into town to the laundromat. We grab some Chinese for dinner and finish our laundry then head back to the hotel to rest. Team Ronyx is exceptionally tired these last few days. Meghan checks emails again and gets the update they have been waiting for. So far Onyx’s Great Adventure has raised $4909. 32. We are excited to see this jump in donations. Meghan messages Kiera to give her the update so she can include it in her story. Snow is in the forecast for the next couple of days so Ron wants to extend their stay another night. Meghan goes to the front desk and makes the arrangements. That night they watched their interview on TV.

April 30, 2019- Ramada Plaza, Casper, WY

We realized we forgot to make a stop yesterday during our errands. We had a care package sent to us in Casper from our good friend Kem. We look up the location and it’s less than a mile away so we decide to walk there. When we arrived, the postal worker informed Meghan than they don’t do general delivery at this location that we have to go to the main location at the other end of town 2.5 miles away. Team Ronyx decide to walk there but it is a long cold walk. Just when they are about to give up and hike back they find the Post Office. They go in and get their package. Along the way, they ran into several people who had seen their story on the news. Everybody that we meet in Wyoming has been super friendly and welcoming. We arrive back at our hotel around 1:30 pm. We eat our leftover Chinese for lunch and Ron decides he wants to ride laps around the hotel. Meghan has an appointment to have a video chat with the kids and staff from the Lincoln City, RecKids program where she used to work. While Ron is riding, Meghan finishes their blog, creates a video slide show and prepares to talk with the kids. When they call, they have lots of questions. It was fun for Meghan to get to see them and answer their questions. That evening Meghan and Ron discussed their next moves. Ron tells Meghan that there is still snow in the forecast and that he thinks they should stay another day. They didn’t come up with an exact plan but will discuss it in the am.

Wild Wyoming

April 24, 2019- Trail Lake Camping Area,Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat, Dubois, WY

Petroglyph in Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat

4:30 am and Team Ronyx is wide awake. We are woken up by Ron’s phone suddenly chiming with messages. We have no service out here, but occasionally we get a spurt of service and then it’s gone. Meghan can get some service if she positions her phone in just the right position in the bunk of the camper box. It feels good to be disconnected, except for worrying about kids. Meghan has 3 kids. Her 2 daughters live on the West Coast with her and her son lives with his father on the East Coast. It is a challenge to leave your kids in other people’s care. Her 2 daughters are old enough to care for themselves mostly but they are still teenagers. When this whole adventure was just an idea and in the planning stages, the girls were supposed to come along, but with their involvement with sports and a job, they didn’t want to be home schooled on the road for up to 6 months. So they stayed behind but it doesn’t mean that Meghan doesn’t worry.

Any way, back to Team Ronyx, since we are up so early, we do some tiny house cleaning and organizing. Ron got the bike gear out and Fonyx and set it up by their tiny home on wheels. A little after 8 am, Skip and Linda arrive to do their quick video to share Onyx’s Great Adventure. Skip was great and Linda captured everything. You can see Skip’s video here. We thanked them and they headed off to the airport. Team Ronyx really enjoyed meeting them and having the opportunity to share some time with them. After all of our gear was loaded back into the truck and tiny home, Ron put on his hiking pack and we headed out to hike around the Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat. We had a list of things we wanted to see or find. We wanted to see petroglyphs, the long horned sheep or any type of wildlife really and we wanted to see if we could find an antler shed. We hiked 1.5 miles out to the end of the gravel road. This took you to the very last camping spot in the Whiskey Basin Wildlife area. It was getting pretty thick with trees and brush and since bears are common in that area, we decided not to hike back the trail head that led to the waterfalls and back to lake Louise since it was pretty early in the season. While we were walking we saw a herd of deer far off in the range. Onyx caught a glimpse of them and took off to investigate. Phoenix was right on his heels but had no clue what they were looking for. Onyx didn’t go very far before he returned back to the road where Ron and Meghan were watching. He would never hurt the wildlife, he just likes to get a closer look and smell. Phoenix followed once again and they four of them continued on. The landscape back in the Wildlife area is a beautiful mix of sage bushes, tall grass, rock formations and mountain ranges. The rocks in Wyoming are colorful and Meghan is having a hard time resisting the urge to collect all the “pretty” ones. After their hike, they had lunch, Meghan worked on writing and Ron played fetch with the dogs in and out of the water. Later that afternoon, they hiked up the hillside by where they were camping. They had learned that everywhere there was a post sticking out of the ground there should be a petroglyph. They went up higher and higher and then they found the petroglyphs! They continued up and over and found a small crevice between two rocks that you could go into. There was another petroglyph there too. Team Ronyx really enjoyed talking about how people used to survive out here without homes, electric and the commodities that we have today. Later that afternoon after they were done exploring the hillside, they built a fire and got their big pot out for boiling water. Ron laid two large pieces of wood to create a base for the pot to sit on and stuck little sticks and pieces of wood under it to heat up the water. While they prepared Meghan’s bath, an SUV pulled in with a gentleman and two women. They told Ron that their friend had gone into the woods to see a sheep and hasn’t returned and wanted to know if we had a phone they could use. He explained that our phones aren’t working out here either and that the homes on the other side of the lake may have house phones he could use. The SUV left and returned just as Meghan had finished her bath, telling Ron they couldn’t reach their friend and that they could use Ron’s help. He grabbed his rifle and headed off with the people in the SUV. It was overcast and starting to rain. Meghan was worried about the man lost in the woods and those who were looking for him. Within an hour, Ron returned with the SUV. They found the man and he was safe! They thanked Ron and went on their way. While Ron was gone, Meghan attended to his water and made sure the fire kept going in the rain. After their baths, Team Ronyx sat around the fire and just admired their camping spot. They discusses how they will definitely be back to visit.

April 25, 2019- Pit Stop Truck Stop, Riverton, WY

Ron chatting on the phone and relaxing at our “dining set”

It’s time to get on the road again, Meghan and Ron decide they will go into town to stock up on water as they have used all of their stored water over their last week of camping off grid. When they stayed at the campground the first night in Dubois, the water outlets were too low to the ground to fill their water jugs and Meghan never found her short hose that she was looking for at the price she was willing to pay for one. They went to the store and picked up snacks, milk and water and went across the street to the park so Meghan could use the free WIFI that Dubois offers to update social media. Ron started pedaling out of Dubois around 9:20 am with Fonyx. Today was going to be a big ride but they were going to attempt to get to Riverton, Wy. Meghan had to have a package sent there and it’s been there since Monday. When Ron had rode on Tuesday he estimated that he rode 12.5 miles out of town and back making his journey 25 miles. Meghan calculated the miles with the truck and it turns out that he had actually gone a mile further than he thought so instead of 25 miles, he had traveled 27. They knew they would probably have to use some of those miles towards today’s journey to get to Riverton. By 2:30 in the afternoon, Ron had towed Fonyx 47 miles and was still willing to go further. The sun was out and it is much warmer on this side of the mountains. Around 4 pm, Ron had pedaled 60 miles, they were 18 miles from Riverton. Team Ronyx decided to load their gear and drive the rest of the way. They wanted to get into town at a decent time since a reporter had reached out to Meghan earlier in the day and wanted to interview them. Once they got into town, they found the post office and Meghan went in to gather their package. It was the adapter they needed for the fridge. They found their place to park and Meghan contacted the reporter to let him know they were in town. That night they slept in a truck stop parking lot. The humming of the semi’s lulled Team ROnyx right off to dreamland.

April 26, 2019- Wind River RV Park, Riverton, WY

Walking around Riverton

We are waiting to hear from the news outlet that had contacted Meghan yesterday. While they wait, they discuss the day’s plan. Meghan reaches out to a few more news outlets to see if they are interested in sharing Onyx’s Great Adventure. The Riverton Ranger contacts Meghan and says they want to do an interview and that their reporter will contact them later in the morning. Team Ronyx decide to head into town and do some exploring. For fun, they stopped at an Riverton RV dealer just to check out the new RV’s that are out there now. They talk with the crew there and it starts to rain. Team Ronyx decide to find a place to camp for the night since they won’t be doing their interview until later in the morning or early afternoon. They find the Wind River RV Park which is right on their route on the way out of town. They pay for their spot and then head out for lunch. After lunch they go back to the RV park and explore with the dogs. Meghan finishes her proposal she has been writing for Dodge to see if they would be willing to sponsor/advertise with Onyx’s Great Adventure. Around 1:30 pm, Clair showed up from the Riverton Ranger and interviewed Team Ronyx. She told Ron that he looked “too handy” to be a bicyclist. They all had a good laugh at her comment. That afternoon, Team Ronyx went over their route, picked up a hose for filling their water jugs and replenished their water supply for the road as they know they are heading back out to desolate territory. While they were out and about walking around town, Phoenix starts to hop and shake his foot. Meghan checks his front paw and sure enough, he has a goat head thorn sticking out of the pad of his paw. She pulls it out and he starts to hop again. She checks his hind paw and there is another. He ends up getting one more and then Onyx gets one too. We thought we lost those things back in Idaho but apparently they are common here too. That evening, Team Ronyx grab hot showers and relax for the evening.

April 27, 2019- Waltman Rest Stop, Riverton, WY

Heading out in the morning

7:00 am and Team Ronyx is packing up to head towards Shoshoni area. We drove through 2 miles to Walmart to avoid the construction that is happening on the majority of the section of highway 26E that Ron has to bike through. Ron heads out with Onyx in the trailer out on the road just before 9 am. He pedals 21 miles to Shoshoni, WY. They had discussed staying there and driving up to Thermopolis to explore the hot springs and see the bison that reside in the park there. Ron wants to keep riding, and Meghan agrees to it. Ron switches Onyx out of the dog cart and puts Phoenix in to give him the chance to ride. A mile down the road he flags Meghan down. He has a flat trailer tire due to another goat head thorn. They use their final spare tire and head out on the road. At the 28 mile mark, Ron stops for lunch, then he and Phoenix get back on the road. The road is mostly flat with slight inclines and declines. The wind varies from a side wind to a rear wind. When the wind is going East it assists Ron in pedaling. All other wind just slows him down. The town of Moneta is the geopraphical midpoint for the state of Wyoming. Ron arrives in Moneta at 41 miles. How many more miles does he plan to go? He isn’t sure but he isn’t ready to stop either. The scenery out here is desolate, you can see herds of sheep and cattle and lots of rock formations but that is about all that you see other than vehicles passing by. We see lots of horse trailers and campers heading East. Meghan thinks to herself that there must be an event somewhere up ahead. The Waltman Rest stop is just outside the town of Arminto and Powder River. Ron decides to stop biking at this point. He has pedaled 68.5 miles to get here. There are signs here that state, “No Camping Overnight”. Meghan and Ron discuss whether they should take the chance to sleep there or move on to the next spot they find. They decide to take a chance and sleep there but they won’t get too comfortable. The wind is picking up and it’s chilly but not too cold so Team Ronyx decide not to use the generator or wood stove for heat tonight in case they are asked to move. That night was a rough night for sleep, Ron ended up sleeping on the bench because the dogs ended up in bed with Meghan. Neither Ron or Meghan had many covers due to the dogs being on them and that night got really cold.

Hello Wyoming!

April 20, 2019- Fireside RV Park, Moran, WY

We wake this morning, not sure what to do. Ron wants to ride but we also wanted to see what’s in town. So we drive the short trip into town. Ron states he should have bicycled but we decide to head just outside of town so he can hop on a bicycle trail. Jackson, Wyoming is filled with bicycle trails and since they are having warmer weather, everybody is out biking! If you want to see beautiful scenery while you bike, head there, the bike trails even go up to through the Grand Teton National Park. Once we find a pull off spot to get the bike gear out, Ron jokingly tells Phoenix he is going along. Meghan suggested that since they were going on a bike path, he should take Phoenix to see how he does. So they loaded Phoenix into the bike cart and off he and Ron went. Ron was only able to ride on the bike path a short distance before it was shut down for the season due to the snow (we didn’t see any there but, Ok). Phoenix is riding well and there is plenty of shoulder on highway 191/26/89 so off they go. The entire ride is an incline, there is not opportunity for Ron to coast. He has to work for every forward movement. He ends up hopping on the bike trail again but is soon met with a snow bank. He has to unhitch the bike, carry to the shoulder, and then go get Phoenix and the cart. While he is maneuvering all the bike parts back to the road, Ron looks up just in time to see a young moose lying in the brush not far away. He attempts to take a picture but it doesn’t come out well. He calls Meghan to see how far away she is but she is a couple miles up. They decide she should stay where she is. They take a few breaks along the way and eventually end up at the Moran Junction. If they go left they head to Jackson Lake/Yellowstone and if they keep going straight, they go to Moran. Meghan looks up some camp spots and finds a place that is open, it’s only 5 miles away. She takes off to go make arrangements at the campground. Once she gets there, they tell her they aren’t open yet but they would ask, and just like that, they were! But they were a little pricey for Team Ronyx. Meghan bit the bullet and booked the camp spot anyway. She called Ron to tell him where to go. Once he got there, they set up camp. They had no electric! Meghan walked over to the store and they told her they would send someone over. Here their whole campground is 50 amp. Meghan thought she had thought of everything when she thought to buy a 30 amp adapter plug since they are only using a 20 amp (110V) plug for their tiny home. A gentleman came over and put a 50 amp converter down to their 30 amp converter to the 20 amp that we actually needed. (Confused yet?) Well they got it all figured out. Ron and Meghan discuss what they are going to do the next day as it is Easter. Meghan wants to see if they can get into Yellowstone even though they are pretty sure the South entrance is still closed.

April 21, 2019- Bridger-Teton Nat’l Forest Camping Entrance, Moran, WY

Happy Easter from Onyx and Phoenix

Happy Easter! Team Ronyx is going to attempt to get in to Yellowstone or close to it. They drive into the Jackson Lake area and stop at the first part of the lake they see. It’s still partly frozen. There are pelicans on the water, 2 photographers taking pictures, the mountains and surrounding ground are still covered in several feet of snow. There is a person canoeing in the lake. It’s peaceful and calm. A bald Eagle flies above the lake. Meghan isn’t quick enough to get a shot of it before it perches back in a tree. These are the moments where she wishes she had a better camera but her cell phone camera has been doing the job (although it’s starting to freeze often, so she has to make sure she removes batches of photos to save space on it.) They drive further into the park. The snow and trees are beautiful but access is very limited. They get to a cute little store where Ron purchases some food for lunch and Meghan picks up a few gifts. They decide to head back towards Moran to find a place to hike with the dogs as there isn’t anywhere in the park they can take the dogs due to the snow. They drive back out to Moran and find the Bridger-Teton Campground Entrance. The campground is closed, the sites full of snow but there is a large parking area and a road that is covered in snow but walkable. They park and decide to take the snow covered road on foot. But not without protection since they are bear country and several have been spotted recently. As their walk was just beginning a woman was coming down the road they were about to take. She told them she was pretty sure it was ok to camp there overnight and suggested another place four miles up the road. Team Ronyx decided they would take their chances and stay there. They hike about 2 miles up into the woods before they decide they have probably gone far enough. Once they are back to camp, they start up the woodstove as the temps are dropping and a nice warm fire would heat up their tiny home quickly. Ron gathers a few loose pieces of wood and Meghan decides to explore the snow covered campground. She finds a pit toilet back a couple hundred feet from where they are parked. She decided to trek through the snow (knee deep at some points and nothing in others) to see if the building is unlocked. Success! She uses the bathroom but quickly finds out there is no toilet paper since the building isn’t being maintained, but she has a napkin in her pocket, all is well! That night the woodstove just about cooked them out of the camper. Meghan had the window open and a fan pulling cold night air in but she was still hot. Around 10 pm, Ron started the generator so that they could charge their devices and put the heater on for when the fire went out. Their tiny home stayed cozy warm all night.

April 22, 2019- Dubois Self Service Campground, Dubois, Wyoming

Handstand on the Continental Divide

5:30 am and Team Ronyx is up. Once it is daylight, Ron checks for wildlife before he lets the dogs out to do their business. A woman pulls into the parking area with her 2 dogs with bells on their vest. Team Ronyx discussed whether or not that would actually deter a bear. They load up and Ron heads out with Fonyx at 7:30 am to pedal towards Dubois, Wy. Little did they know, they had a lot of hills to climb that day. Shortly after Ron left, the woman with the 2 dogs approached Meghan in the truck. She informed her that she saw a bear up on the path and to warn the other campers. She showed Meghan a bear print in the snow and told Meghan to have her bear spray ready. Problem is, they don’t have bear spray! Meghan text Ron about the warning the woman had given her. He called and said he ran into a Ranger who said the same thing and that Meghan should stop at the Ranger Station to pick up bear spray. Meghan arrived at the Black Rock Ranger Station and asked the Ranger about bear spray, he told her the price of $50 and she was surprised at the cost. She text Ron to see if he wanted her to spend that much money on bear spray. They decided not to purchase the bear spray and thanked the Ranger for his time. He was very helpful and warned Meghan to stay close to Ron until they got over the Toghatee Pass and she did just that. When they reached the top of the summit, they were at the continental divide and at an elevation of 9,600 feet. Meghan is a little nervous about the next few miles but they continue on. While Meghan waits for Ron at the top of the mountain, she checks her emails and gets their updated fundraising total. This is the perfect time to release our total raised so far. When Ron arrives she tells them how much they have raised and he decides he will do another hand stand in front of the Continental Divide/ Elevation sign. Once he gets something to eat and a few minute break, he is ready to ride again.  About 2 more miles up the road they were at an elevation over 9700 feet. Today’s ride is 18 miles of mountain hills. There are still snow banks over 5 feet tall. It is flurrying on the mountain and the snow is drifting.  After they reached the 9700 foot elevation, the road finally went down. It was a 3-6% grade going do the other side of the mountain. Ron was able to coast down for several miles; but he has to maintain a steady pace so that the trailer doesn’t push him down the hill too fast. When he get’s down the hill he still has about 20 more miles of inclines and declines to pedal before they enter Dubois, WY. When they were about 33 miles into their trip, they stopped at a historical marker and Ron say a coyote on the opposite side of the embankment near the stream they were following. When they arrived in Dubois they were surprised how small it was. There was a gas station, ATV store, Mexican restaurant and a motel. They decided to go get some food at the gas station since they advertised sandwiches and pizza. Once they say down with their pizzas, Meghan looked at the GPS once more and realized they weren’t actually in the town the whole way. They loaded up the truck and went another half a mile into town to find some groceries and a camp spot for the night. Right inside town before you get to the shops, they spotted a little campground. They went there and called the number listed on the sign. A really nice gentleman answered the phone and told them to park in one of the spots and he would come and meet them there in a little while. When he came, he gave Team Ronyx a quick overview of the campground and told them the boundaries of the camp area and told them they were free to wander wherever so the dogs could play. The first thing Onyx and Phoenix did was wade out into the water. Phoenix even graduated to actually swimming to fetch his sticks. Up until now, he has been very hesitant to get them unless he could reach. After the dogs were done swimming, they explored the campground. We saw a cabin that looked as though it has just been built. This piqued Ron’s interest and he asked the owner if we could take a look in it and he told us to go ahead. It was really cute with a small living room, kitchen, dining room combined, a loft above the front porch, a bedroom in the back with a two small loft areas, one of which held the hot water heater and a small bathroom. Ron thinks this would be his perfect cabin some day! That evening, Meghan worked on their blog, she keeps getting behind on them so quickly and they discuss their plans for how to get through the next 70 miles as people have warned them that it is pretty desolate until the town of Riverton, WY.

April 23, 2019- Trail Lake Camping Area,Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat, Dubois, WY

Onyx and Phoenix see a Jackalope!

A quick shower for Meghan to wake up for the day. Ron packs up the truck and gets his bike gear ready. Today he is taking Onyx and plans to ride as far as he can and if he runs out of time they will drive the remainder of the way to Riverton and use banked miles or ride around the town there. Meghan is going to top off the gas tanks, drop off mail and pick up a few things in town before they head out to “no-man’s land”. While she is in town, Ron sends her a text telling her that the other end of town is really cool and he thinks he should just bank some miles today and then they could explore the area a little more. Meghan agrees to the plan. She is on the hunt for a short piece of garden hose for them to fill their water jugs more easily. She stops at the hardware store, people are curious and ask her what she is doing with her truck. She hands out cards and tells everybody what Ron is doing. Her and the cashier at the hardware store chat for a while about Oregon (she lived in Bend and has family in Bend) and the route that Team Ronyx is taking. She made suggestions for them as far as places to camp and not in the next few towns. After Meghan left there, she went over to the thrift store in town in search of a particular book series she is looking for and potentially this short hose that she is looking for. When she pulls in a woman approaches her and tells Meghan that she just has to know what is going on? She had seen the truck at the other end of town and now she had the chance to ask about it. Meghan explains what Team Ronyx is set out to do and this woman is so moved that she tells Meghan that her husband is Skip Ewing (Country Songwriter/Singer) and that he could probably share their story on his Facebook to help spread the word about Onyx’s Great Adventure. She asked Meghan if they were leaving town today and Meghan told her that they had planned on it but are now going to stay another night. Linda tells her that if they don’t need hook-ups there is free camping just outside of town in the Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat area. She explains where to go and tells Meghan that when they get there to give them a call if they have cell service. They exchange phone numbers and Meghan waits for Ron to arrive back in town. When she tells Ron about her meeting with Linda, he said, “Oh yeah, she pulled over and talked to me on the road, I know where we need to turn to go”. They packed up the bike and trailer gear, leashed up the dogs and walked around town. First stop, lunch; Ron works up quite the appetite with all that pedaling he does and when he has to fight wind, it’s even worse. They run into Sara who works at the Dubois Chamber of Commerce. She takes some pictures and tells Team Ronyx that she will share it on their Facebook page and gives them suggestions on the best places to get a bite to eat in town. After lunch they walk all around the neighborhood, stop in shops and get some ice cream at the Whole Foods store in town. Then they decide to head out to where they will camp for the night. On their way out of town, Meghan gave Linda a quick call to let her know they were on their way out to the camp spot. Once they found the road and turned down it, they saw horses everywhere. They were all free range and just grazing on the sparse grass among the brush. Linda had explained that the drive back to where they would camp would be pretty long and there were several places to stop but Meghan had so much information floating in her brain that she couldn’t remember the name of the place they were supposed to park, except that Linda had said they would pass three lakes and there was a white van parked where they should be going. They drove 6 miles and saw a white camper in a camping area. They thought they had found the spot because they passed three bodies of water. They walked around and Meghan started to think they may not have gone as far as they should have. She went to the map and was even more sure they weren’t in the right spot. She went back to see if she could call Linda for more information. She had minimal service but was able to make the call and sure enough they hadn’t gone far enough and Linda invited them over for dinner. When they actually found their spot they met a really nice gentleman named Hunter who was camping in his van with his dog and doing some fly fishing. He and Ron chatted for a long time about fishing and just about anything pertaining to the outdoors. Meghan played with the dogs and worked on writing in their blog. Skip pulled in and introduced himself and told Team Ronyx that they would be back in a while to pick them up for dinner. When it was time to leave, they grabbed the dogs, locked up the camper and went with Linda around the lake to their place. They got to see their horses, meet the owner of the land Jerry, who happened to live in Williamsport, PA up until a few years ago. He and Ron talked for a while about the trip and the Williamsport/Dushore area of PA. This is the third person we met in Dubois that moved here from PA. After the horses were tended to, everybody went inside to chat and wait for dinner to finish in the oven. Skip shared stories of when he bicycled across the Country and the tricks and challenges they had along the way. Then he wanted to know all about Onyx’s Great Adventure and how it came to be. They decided they would shoot a short video in the morning before Skip and Linda left town. They ate a delicious dinner of marinated pork, roasted potatoes and salad topped with apples and feta cheese. Followed with a strawberry parfaits. Team Ronyx hadn’t had food quite that good in a while. After dinner, dessert and more chatting, Linda drove Team Ronyx back to their camp, but not before Skip set them up with some firewood. After learning about the petroglyphs in the area and the potential of seeing a waterfall at the end of the road they were staying on, Team Ronyx decided they would stretch their stay one more day to explore the beautiful ravine they were staying in.

Idaho, Challenges us once more!

April 17, 2019- Snake River Rv Resort, Idaho Falls, ID

This morning Team Ronyx wakes us to a fridge that isn’t working. We had bought a 12v converter plug to plug into the wall when we aren’t driving and apparently the converter we bought was not rated for our fridge. It started to melt and then died. We interviewed with Rett from East Idaho News, then they set off for a hike around town. First stop, Walmart, to see if they had a converter plug. As they walked through town they spotted several restaurants and decided they would try the local BBQ place after they go to the store. While Meghan went into the store Ron sat outside with the dogs. Some people were very curious and even thought he was a panhandler. He explained our journey and a very nice lady went in the store and bought the dogs treats! Meghan didn’t find a converter plug but found a few other things they needed. Team Ronyx picked up their lunch and then headed back to the campground to enjoy their meal. When they returned, several of their other fellow campers stopped by to chat with them about the adventure. One gentleman even knew where Cochranville was because he had looked at houses there at one time. They worked on planning their route, and Meghan caught up on some writing. The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing.

April 18, 2019- Swan Valley, ID

Ron and Onyx leaving their KIFI interview

We can’t believe it’s Thursday again! We are attempting to get to Victor, ID today but we aren’t sure what to expect with the road conditions. Ron sets out with Onyx around 9 am and they are heading East. Ron took the suggested bicycle route this morning from the campground. It took him on the a Greenbelt trail in a horse shoe shape to cross over the river. Meghan waited a little over an hour before she left to catch up to him. She planned to make a few stops at some auto parts stores to see if they had the converter plug that they needed. She wasn’t having very much luck, each place she stopped suggested another place to look. Ron calls, he found the Idaho News Channel 8 station along the highway. He tells Meghan he is going to stop and see if they want to do a story on him. She tells him she will find him and she hops in the truck. She drives a few blocks down the road but couldn’t find him or the station. She looks up his location on an app they are using to keep track of each other’s location, it tells her to turn around. She does, and still doesn’t find him. Meghan is getting a little frustrated so she calls Ron again to get his location, no answer. This time, Meghan decides to just drive in the direction of Ron in hopes that she will spot the News Station or Ron. After she went about 3 blocks further than she had the first time, she sees Ron standing on the sidewalk. They talk with Jilliana from the station. She asks Team Ronyx who wants to be interviewed and Ron points at Meghan. So, Meghan gets to handle this interview. Luckily though, they interview Ron too! After that was done it was almost 11 am. Team Ronyx is on the road, Meghan goes to get fuel and a few groceries. (This tiny fridge/tiny living is a little costly with having to buy smaller containers of essentials like milk) Meghan catches up with Ron about 10 miles up the road. He tells her how he is riding against traffic and a man was driving on the rumble strips straight at him like he was playing chicken. Typically we run into a few people not paying attention or who act like they are being inconvenienced but this person really pushed the boundaries. Ron said he jumped off the bike and ran down the embankment with the bike and Onyx in the trailer. (This is one of the main reasons why we have Fonyx.) A few more miles down the road, Ron spots a Subway and calls Meghan to let her know so she can stop and get food for the day. She goes to Subway and Ron pedals on, after another hour or so, Meghan catches up to Ron again and they eat their lunch along the road. Soon they are climbing mountain hills again. They know they aren’t going to make it to Victor today as the day is getting later. After Ron has pedaled 30 miles, they start looking for places to camp. Since we are at higher elevations, there aren’t any roads or campgrounds open. They find the next populated area at Swan Valley, ID. Meghan waits for Ron to arrive at the gas station/market. He has ridden 49.5 miles today. They discuss where they want to camp and a really nice couple approaches them and starts a conversation. Next thing you know, they are following them out to a remote camping area 5 miles out in the woods. It was beautiful there. Team Ronyx agreed that it was tied for the best along with the Silver Creek West camping spot they had in Bellevue, ID. They chatted with the couple for awhile before they parted ways. Ron and the dogs played fetch while Meghan worked on the blog and uploading pictures to the computer. That evening they had a lovely fire. Ron and the dogs ate food cooked over the fire, and Meghan enjoyed the last half of her Subway sub.

April 19, 2019- Emily’s Pond, Jackson, WY

Ron and Onyx riding through the Targhee National Forest south of the Stouts Mountain

7:00 am we are packing up camp and heading into town to the gas station where Ron stopped peddling last night. We get there and top off the gas tank on the truck and gas can for the generator. Ron takes Onyx and starts pedalling to Victor, ID. He told Meghan to sit at the gas station for 30 minutes or more to give him some time to get up highway 31. After about 30 minutes, he called Meghan to tell her to sit tight as the road was straight up and there weren’t any pull off places. Meghan pulled off the road to wait for Ron to give her the all clear. After another 20 minutes, he called to let her know there was a pull off place. She drove to him, the road is narrow, winding and a pretty steep incline. There is little to no shoulder on this road. Ron is pedaling or walking the hills. When there is a lot of traffic, he is off the bike waiting for it to go by or pushing the bike and trailer on the shoulder of the road. Meghan drives ahead past the 11 mile marker. There is construction, the road is all torn up and large loose rock is where the pavement should be. She pulls over and waits for Ron, she starts to jog back to the section of the road to try and snap a picture of him coming through but there is a lot of traffic. Ron switches out Onyx for Fonyx after the rough road. Today’s ride is very challenging. After about 17 miles of hills, Ron finally gets to go down towards the town of Victor. Meghan goes ahead a few miles into town to find a bathroom and park the truck. She walks the dogs around town until Ron arrives. They load up the bike gear and head over to the BBQ place that is around the corner. It is beautiful out today, the sun is shining, and people are walking around in their flip flops and jackets. Meghan overheard several people chatting about how this is the nicest day they have had in a while. After lunch, the bike and trailer gear is out and they are heading to Wyoming! Ron has another grueling ride up the 6% grade. They reach the Wyoming line at 27 miles. Onyx and Phoenix get to run around and play in the snow and Meghan takes them down to the stream. After a brief rest, Ron is ready to pedal again. He puts Fonyx in the trailer and heads up the mountain further, this time it’s a 10% grade. Ron pedals another 2 more miles up the mountain. They meet at a weigh station; Ron decides to weigh the bike, trailer and Fonyx. The scale says he is pulling 120 lbs of gear!  Team Ronyx discuss the road conditions; there is more snow on the shoulders and the traffic is increasing. They decided to drive the remaining 12 miles into Jackson, WY and it was good they did! As they were riding down the mountain, the shoulders were still covered in several feet of snow and the traffic was heavy with the holiday traffic. About halfway down the mountain, the brakes on the truck started to get too hot. They pull off the road and wait for them to cool off. A sheriff pulls over to check on them and he asks us who is from Cochranville, PA. We explain that we are both from PA but now live on the coast and about our journey. He informs us that he grew up in Chester County, PA and that he has lived out here for 16 years. When the brakes are cooled off, Team Ronyx heads into town, once they reach town they decide to go find dinner and then try to find a place to camp for the night. They found a Pizza Hut, as Ron was going in to order their pizza another sheriff pulled up and told us he saw us on the news. We asked him about potential camp spots as everything in this area is still closed. After a few minutes, he came up with an idea; he called the office and got us special permission to camp in a day use area for the night. We thanked him and after our dinner was done, we headed over to our camp spot for the night. We hiked the dogs around the Snake River and Ron played fetch with the dogs while Meghan chatted with her mom on the phone. That evening Ron set up the generator and heated up water for his tiny home bath. After they were settled for the night they discussed their potential plans for heading up to Moran, WY and Yellowstone this weekend.

Our flags are down, Idaho.

April 11, 2019- Fairfield, Idaho

We are up at 5:30 am MT and discuss today’s plans. Fairfield is our next destination but it’s a lot of hills and Ron doesn’t think he can ride that many hills today. We decide we will try to find a place to camp in the Castle Rocks area as Meghan can see some places on the satellite view of some roads they may be able to park off of. Ron wants to start the morning our hiking with Onyx. He puts on his backpack and sign and off they go at 6:15am. Meghan stays behind at the Pilot station with Phoenix and they pack up camp. We are back on track. After an hour goes by, Meghan warms up the truck and checks their camper lights. The passenger side one isn’t working, she bangs it with her fist as that has worked before and she breaks the plastic side lens! Ooops. She gets out the super glue and glues the lens back together. Ron calls to check up on her and tells her to sit for another 30 minutes. After the time was up, Meghan headed up 20E in search of Ron. She finds him 4 miles up the road around 8 am. He exchanges the hiking gear for the Bike and trailer. They load up Onyx into the trailer and Ron and Onyx are off again. It is overcast, snowing and raining all morning. By 11:00 am Ron had peddled 20 miles and wanted to keep going; he took a 45 minute break. They got to the Castle Rocks view point at the 29th mile around 2 pm and the weather finally cleared up. Ron switches of Onyx for Fonxy so that the “King” can take a break as he works hard riding in his cart being anxious to get out and run. Ron decides he will continue to ride as they haven’t found anywhere suitable to camp unless they were going to park along the highway. This terrain is mostly mountainous winding hills. The scenery is beautiful. Around 4:00 pm, Ron had gone 48 miles and wanted to keep going, they are almost in the town of Fairfield. At 4:45 pm, Team Ronyx arrived in Fairfield at the gas station, Ron had peddled 57 miles to get here. They had dinner at the Café on the Highway and found a tiny RV park along the highway They were hesitant to stay there but figured they didn’t have many other options. They called the RV park number and the gentleman told him to come into the restaurant next door to pay. Meghan went over to pay while Ron set up camp. They wanted showers and to rest for the evening. The bathhouse consisted of an old laundromat with cracked cement floors, peeling tiles and faulty lights. On the far side of the laundromat were two bathrooms, both looked the same, a dirty bath mat,a toilet, shower stall and sink. No heat, hooks for towels or anything fancy but it would work for quick shower. They took turns taking their showers and went to bed.

April 12, 2019- Silver Spring West Entrance, Bellevue, ID

Team Ronyx is heading East towards Carey, Idaho, They don’t think they aren’t going to make it that far but they want to see how far they can get as Meghan still struggles to find places to camp due to most places being closed until May. Ron heads out around 8:20 am, Meghan goes into the center of town of Fairfield which consists of one paved road through the center of town and a grid of dirt roads that make up the “blocks” in town. There is a school, bar, post office, and several other businesses. Meghan picks up their general delivery mail from Kem. It’s a whole box of goodies for snacking and some Easter candy for Team Ronyx to enjoy. Meghan picks up a few items at the market in town and heads down the road to find Ron and Fonyx. By 10:45 am, Ron has already peddled 20.5 miles. He is making good time as the weather isn’t bad today. It is chilly and there have been spurts of rain here and there but for the most part the day is clear. Meghan is waiting for him at the entrance of the Magic Reservoir/ Hot Springs Landing. She wants to venture the half of mile back to see the reservoir and the hot spring. Ron agrees but wants to ride it so they don’t have to pack up the gear and unpack it again. They go down to the reservoir. You could tell it hasn’t filled up yet as the water isn’t even touching the boat dock yet. The hot springs are completely fenced off which disappointed Team Ronyx. You could see the steam rising but you couldn’t get close enough to see the actual spring. They hung out and played fetch with Onyx and Phoenix for a little over an hour. Meghan worked on getting photos uploaded to the computer and they talked with another gentleman that was kayaking in the reservoir. He told us that there was a campground about 10 miles down the road called Hayspur Landing but he wasn’t sure if it was open yet. Meghan was pretty sure she had looked at that one and saw that it was closed but they decided that would be their destination first and then go from there. Ron headed off again with Fonyx. He went another 14.2 miles before they found Hayspur Landing, and it’s starting to hail heavily. Ron and Meghan loaded up the bike gear and drove back to the campground, it was closed for the season. Meghan thought she had read about another campground just down the road. She looked it up quick and it was only 2 miles away. They drove there and parked just in time for the skies to let loose. It hailed so hard and so fast that you had to wear a baseball hat or it stung your face. In a matter of minutes it looked like the entire area had been snowed on. Everything was white. Ron and the dogs headed off to find wood to make a fire. Ron spotted a Great Horned owl in the tree. He called Meghan over and she took pictures, she also did a quick live video for Facebook. In a few hours, the sun was back out and all the hail had melted, the sun was now setting and it looked as if there had never been any precipitation. Ron and the dogs had fun playing fetch in the water, and then Ron built a small fire in their fire ring and cooked dinner. The panoramic views of the mountains made this camp so serene. And it was free!

April 13, 2019- Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco ID

Team Ronyx has confirmation that their friends Juanita and Harold are going to be on road from Oregon to come and meet Team Ronyx in a few days wherever they end up. They are so excited to see their friends. They pack up camp this morning and Ron hops on his bike to peddle towards the town of Carey and then to Craters of the Moon National Monument since it is right near the town where they plan to meet their friends. Ron takes Onyx on this trip, they peddle through the first part of their journey in no time, it is flat, then when they right outside the town of Carey, the terrain turns into hills again. Ron makes pretty good time though; they take several breaks and take lots of pictures as the scenery is breathtaking. There are snowcapped mountains everywhere. They arrive at Craters of the Moon around 2:45 pm after Ron biked 35 miles. Meghan goes in the welcome center to inquire about camping since the gates to the adjoining campground are closed. The ranger informs them that they are allowed to camp in the parking lot but they cannot run the generator for heat. They decide to start up the woodstove. They would also like to take a bath since they hadn’t taken one for 2 days. Ron decides he is going to use a chunk of snow for his bath, just to say he did it. After the woodstove is lit and burning. Ron took the large pot out to the snow bank and shoved a huge hunk of snow in it, Meghan snapped some photos to prove that he did it. Then she took a walk around the park with Phoenix. In about an hour or so, his snow had turned into hot water. He took the first bath, then they started the whole process over for Meghan’s bath, she however didn’t want to use the snow. After a few phone calls, they headed to bed. Tomorrow is the day that Juanita and Harold should arrive!

April 14, 2019, Arco, ID

Last night got cold!!! With the woodstove burning, the tiny house gets super-hot. But when the flame goes out, it gets really cold. At 7:15 am, Ron goes out and turns on the generator so they can get the heater going. He and Meghan discuss what they want to do for the day since they don’t have a really far distance to travel. They were going to try and hike around Craters of the Moon but the snow was pretty deep in some areas and not quite frozen enough to walk on top of any more so you would stay on top for awhile and then fall through. They decided they would skip hiking around and just get on the road since they wanted to get into Arco and get their laundry done. Ron and Fonyx hit the road after 10 am. They peddled until they reached Arco, again, lots of hills. When they found the laundry mat they saw the hotel they were planning to stay at with their friends. They had to do a lot of begging for quarters at various stores in town since the tiny laundromat didn’t have a change machine and the banks were closed. After Ron hiked and even got a ride to the opposite end of town, they finally had enough change to do their essential laundry pile. After they were done with the laundry they went and checked into their hotel and took off for a hike while they waited for their friends to arrive. They hiked up in the hills behind the hotel, scaling the rocks and outcrops. It was very windy and cold. After about an hour and half they went back to the motel to wait for Juanita and Harold; who arrived around dinner time. When everybody was all settled they all went across the street to Pickles Place for dinner and then Meghan and Juanita took a stroll through town. That evening they sat around and chatted about their trip so far and Juanita and Harolds plans to someday take their own road trip.

April 15, 2019, Arco, ID

Once everybody was up they discussed what to do for the day. Meghan and Juanita wanted to stay for the day and explore and just visit with each other. Harold wanted to check out a place he had seen further in town. They decided they could use one more night at the motel. Juanita and Meghan went to talk to the motel owners to extend their stay. We must have woken him up because he was pretty sour to us. Once we got that taken care of we went back to Pickles Place across the street to get breakfast. Then we drove around town for a little to check out the sites. After that Juanita and Harold went their own way for a few hours and Meghan and Ron walked all around the North end of town. They found the medical center/hospital. It was the smallest Meghan had ever seen. But you can’t expect much in a town with a population of 906. In the afternoon, Juanita joined Meghan and Ron and they hiked back up into the hills behind their motel to go rock hunting and to just see the sites. Ron played with the dogs and climbed up high into the rock outreaches. Meghan and Juanita stuck to the ATV path and surrounding ground for the most part. They found a few good rocks but nothing over-the-top extraordinary. Juanita took some pictures of adventurous Ron up on a bluff above a small cave and a picture of Meghan and Ron. As they were heading back to the motel, Meghan happened to look down and found a fossil! It’s the first real fossil she has ever found.

April 16, 2019- Idaho Falls, ID

Today we must get on our way. Harold and Juanita are up early, packed and headed out so team Ronyx can get back on the road. Meghan is feeling a bit emotional about their farewell but will get her head back together soon. Team Ronyx is going to continue out 26E towards Idaho Falls. They don’t know if they will make it the whole 60 miles but Ron wants to try. Ron and Fonyx heads out around 10:20 am. Meghan runs into town to top off the gas can and truck with fuel and grab some groceries. They aren’t sure where they are going to end up so they want to be prepared. Meghan catches up to Ron about 15 miles outside of town. He is doing fine. The road is pretty level with a few hills here and there. 30 miles into the trip they discuss how much further Ron wants to peddle. He says he is going to keep going as he isn’t sure where they are going to camp as there is nothing out here. Our here it is desolate. Meghan and Ron both keep seeing busses with the Idaho National Laboratory logo on it. They figure out that the company actually busses their employees in and out. After a few rounds of seeing the busses, the bus drivers started waving at Team Ronyx. At 59.3 miles, Traffic is getting heavy and the shoulder of the road isn’t very wide. Team Ronyx is just outside the town of Idaho Falls. They decide to load up the bike gear and drive the 5 miles into town to an RV apark Meghan found online. Right as they were getting to pull out onto the road Meghan received a call from Rett from E. Idaho News. He wanted to do a story on Team Ronyx. They planned to meet in the morning. After they drove to town and found their camp spot, they took a quick walk to explore the campground and let the dogs run and play. That evening they spent talking with fellow campers about their journey. Everybody has been super friendly.

Idaho: We Surrender!

As we venture further into Idaho we face some challenges both environmentally and technologically.

April 8, 2019- Boise Riverside Campground, Garden City, ID

Ready Onyx? (Riding the Boise River Greenbelt)

Team Ronyx is up and discussing the days plan. Meghan has been busy since they arrived at Boise Riverside RV Park contacting local TV news stations and newspapers. She got an email at 7:30 am to have an interview today ASAP but she didn’t leave their contact #’s in the email. She emailed the station back at 9 am when she found the email and then called to follow up. While Team Ronyx waited for the News station to call, they decided to calculate the miles that Ron rode last night on the Boise River Greenbelt. They walked the path to Ron’s stopping point and calculated that he rode 4 miles last night. Then they continued to walk as far as they could until they reached the Veterans Memorial Highway and then they returned back to the campground. That was 5.5 miles of walking for the day and the News station still hasn’t contacted us. They decided Ron would ride the Boise River Greenbelt and bank more miles since they have been using their banked miles due to weather and technical difficulties. They waited all day for the news station to contact them again. Meanwhile, Meghan worked on updating info, emails, and all that other jazz. It rained all day. Ron’s phone is acting up again. We need to get it replaced now. Phoenix has found a new friend. His name is Astro, he’s a 2 year old brindle great dane and he is huge! Astro loves Phoenix and Phoenix is hesitantly playful with this big pup.

April 9, 2019- Overland Street, Parking Lot, Boise, ID

“Follow me” Walking along the Farmers Lateral, Boise, ID

The Channel 6 news contacted us this morning. They want to meet us between 11 :00 am and noon. We tell them we will stay put and we get prepared to leave. A young man named AJ came and interviewed Ron, asked him lots of questions, took some videos and pictures and left. We packed up the remainder of our things and headed into Garden City to get dog food, milk and to the Verizon store. We pulled in and half the staff came out to greet us and ask us what we were doing. We explained our Adventure and Ron’s issues with his phone and how we haven’t gotten much assistance from Verizon. Thomas jumped right in and say, I got this! Before you know it he was on the phone with the insurance company that handles Verizon phones and was getting him a new phone. The only issue was they wouldn’t send it to just any address. Thomas has an idea, he gave them an address and told Team Ronyx that he owned a coffee shop on the other side of town called Strongline Espresso. He told us to park there for the night and the phone would be there by noon. We didn’t really want to be another day behind but decided it was time to use some more of Ron’s 102 banked miles and we would jump on Interstate 84 and go straight to Mountain Home as our initial bike route was going to take us Southeast to Pleasant Valley and then East to Mountain Home. We knew we didn’t want to pay for another night of camping because that is using up funds quickly. After we got situated at our camp for the night. We took the dogs for a walk along a path next to a waterway that went through the neighborhood in Boise. The dogs had fun fetching sticks and splashing in the water. We ended up walking 5.5 miles that evening.

April 10, 2019- Pilot Rest Stop, Mountain Home, ID

We woke up early this morning, packed up, picked up a few more supplies and hopped on I84 to Mountain Home. The winds today very high. We can’t drive as fast as everybody else on the Interstate but we make it to Mountain home around lunch time and ended up cashing in 52 of our banked miles to drive there. We find our spot at the Pilot Rest Stop. The wind is so bad it is rocking the entire truck. We are glad Ron didn’t try to ride today because it would have been very difficult for him to tow Onyx (or Fonyx) in his trailer on a day like today. Not long after we got to Mountain Home, the local newspaper contacted us and said they would be over in 10 minutes if we were ready. Meghan said, “Sure, come on over, you can’t miss us!” Ron looked at her like she had horns growing out of her head. He asked, “They are coming right now?” “Y es!, she said” So they prepared for their interview. No time for make-up and glam when you are on the road. You get scruff and gruff! The interview went well and quick due to the winds. After the reporter left, Team Ronyx all hung out in their tiny home and watched it sway back and forth all afternoon. Ron took the dogs out for a little while until Onyx stepped on a Goat Head thorn. Luckily, He wasn’t injured but Ron brought them inside to avoid them having an injury. While they were stuck inside, it was a good time for Meghan to start contacting destinations ahead and plan out their route. They were heading towards Fairfield, ID in the morning but Ron didn’t think he would be able to go 50 miles so they decided they would probably dry camp near Castle Rocks, Idaho (Not the state park area).