We spent an afternoon with Shoshone Rose tearing it up at Moccasin Lake…
When not working for one of the remotest businesses in tech, you’ll find me waving to motorists from a pavement-bound road bike. I had always assumed mountain biking and rock-hopping knobby tires was a Millennial man’s game, or younger. You know the crowd: Snowboards, couch surfing, and Snapchat. So, when Mike Chingman from the Marketing team at Shoshone Rose called to offer some of the County 10 team a sneak peek from the top of a mountain peak, specifically, from the saddle of a mountain bike, I allowed my mouth to say ‘yes’ before I had a chance to talk myself out of it. You may know Mike as the man behind the annual Moccasin Lake Challenge that draws 350 adventurous runners to Fremont County from around the country.
So, this is a thing now?
As part of Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel’s new “Adventure Awaits” identity, enjoying a two-wheeled outing is just one of the excursions you or your visiting friends or family can take. Hiking, golfing, and fishing are also available to raise your cool quotient. ShoRo (as we’ve hiply taken to calling them) knows a thing or 21 about the hospitality and entertainment business, but moreover, they’re embracing their role as an area ambassador. As a gateway to the Wind River Indian Reservation, they provide a peek into a rich and unique culture with a strong history. These adventures allow the rest of us to tap in to and appreciate that…hands on and surrounded by intense beauty.
“Pshaw! I live in Fremont County, why would I sign up for that?”
Fair. We have extreme adventurists in our midst, so while YOU may not sign up (although you’d be missing out), visiting friends, family or tourists traveling through will and have. And, that’s the win for all of us. You see, the team at Shoshone Rose has thought through the entire experience. From providing transportation; great equipment suited to the task; access to world-class outdoor experiences and an Adventure Guide host to ensure that your experience is maximized and safe. I emphasize safe because unlike the handrails that guide the socks-and-sandal wearing selfie-stick toting tourist crowd around most attractions from museums to national parks, this experience is authentically raw and real. You may take a bug to the face; you will get dirty, and; you could pull a jaw muscle from all the smiling.
After a comfy and scenic ride in ShoRo’s newest bus with our Guide Mike giving a bit of history and pointing out landmarks, we unloaded at Moccasin Lake for a brief Zen-walk on the beach as we prepped for the pedals.
We dropped into a low gear to climb out of the high mountain lake roughly 4 miles. We crested and began to descend, ala “Need for Speed” style. Put your tray tables up because we’re descending 14 miles, or the distance of Lander to Hudson, while dropping 3,800 feet! Add some switchbacks, loose gravel, wildlife, and unmatched vistas and it’s more than enough to justify the $38 bargain adventure cost.
Bombing the road out of Moccasin Lake at a heart-pounding 20 – 30 mph on two gravel-crunching wheels fueled by gravity and adrenaline cleaned out the cluttered garage of everyday thoughts in my head. There was only the here and the now. I later remembered to thank Guide Mike for that favor. In the white-knuckled descent, I forgot that stopping on gravel took a bit more distance than on pavement. Realizing that I was neither going to stop or make the upcoming turn, I bailed and went straight into a grassy field. Part proud that I’d stayed upright, partly embarrassed that I missed the turn, I felt very in-the-moment.
Our team was all smiles while recounting their descents. I’m confident ShoRo’s “Adventure Awaits” is gonna be big.
We were only there for the ride, but as we rode the shuttle back Mike explained that if we were regular guests the adventure wouldn’t stop with biking, hiking, golfing or whatever excursion we chose. After arriving back we would have time to shower and change before being treated to VIP dinner at the Deka Guy Hee Restaraunt. Sitting around an outdoor fire-lit dining table with our crew sounded good, a shower sounded better – but instead we came back to the office to write this story. What a day.