As mentioned in my previous post, Getting to the Start of the Reconnaissance Ride, I did a solo, self-contained "reconnaissance ride" around the Tetons-Yellowstone loop. Immediately following my Reconnaissance Ride, I co-lead two separate week-long tours around the same route for Adventure Cycling. All in all, the trip included about 800 miles of pedaling. This is a photo journal of my trips.
|I picked up Adventure Cycling's Tetons-Yellowstone loop in the town of West Yellowstone, at the far north end of the route. A few miles outside of West Yellowstone, I crossed the Continental Divide and entered Idaho.
|In the back right corner of the Man Cave was a cozy living room. This is where I slept.
|In the back left corner was a kitchen, stocked surprisingly well. Obviously, the owner of the Man Cave knew his way around a kitchen.
|The Man Cave included a washing machine, which I did not use. But I couldn't resist drying my towel with this ingenious dryer -- a fan mounted atop a hole-ridden structure of PVC pipes.
|The next day, the route turned onto Mesa Falls Scenic Byway, a gorgeous, nearly traffic-free side road. Along the byway, I stopped at the Upper Mesa Falls. Located on Henry's Fork, the waterfall is a massive 114 feet tall and 200 feet wide.
|I stopped for awhile to watch the birds along the Warm River...
|...and to watch the fly-fishing people, too. The rivers along the route offer some of the best fly-fishing in the country.
|Shortly before reaching Ashton, the forested byway gave way to endless fields of treeless green.
|I met "Fatbike Rider Josh" in Ashton. Josh was riding his Fat Bike south along The Great Divide. We laughed about how our bicycles were the yin and the yang -- my dainty folding bike and his beefy fat bike. We took a photo for prosperity's sake.
|This old Pillsbury Mill stands proudly along a road passing through the Potato Seed Capitol of the World.
|What's that? Say it ain't so! On the road between Driggs and Victor is a good ole' drive-in movie theatre. Seeing this brought back fond memories of watching "E.T" and "Back to the Future" at a drive-in theatre when I was a kid.
|The next morning I crossed into Wyoming. You may recognize my friend, Flat Stanley. He's the star of a children's book series. Flat is traveling with me this summer on behalf of my six year-old nephew, Jackson, who lives in Virginia.
|Here's Flat Stanley, once again, standing in front of the famous anteler arch in Jackson's Town Square.
|Posted on a trail sign in Jackson was this ad for Pet Sitting. I'll have to keep this competition in mind when I housesit, as these are competitive rates!
|Flat Stanley poses in front of his namesake creek. (Have you had enough of Flat Stanley yet? This is the final photo -- I promise.)
|Leading from Jackson to Grand Teton National Park is a 20-mile long paved pedestrian path. Riding along the path was pure heaven.
|As I passed by the Grand Tetons in the early hours of the morning, I was fortunate to see colorful hot air balloons hovering above the peaks.
|Though Jenny Lake attracts all the attention at the Grand Teton National Park, I believe that String Lake, just to the north, is even more magnificent. I spent quite a while enjoying the quiet serenity of String Lake.
|Just a few more miles of pedaling found me at the entrance to Yellowstone National Park...
|...where I crossed the Continental Divide once again. The Adventure Cycling tour shuttles participants along this 20-mile stretch of shoulder-less road. I rode the stretch early enough in the morning that traffic wasn't a concern.
|I saw my first geysers at West Thumb Basin. Seeing the contrast of the geysers in the foreground and Yellowstone Lake in the background was beautiful.
|Here's another gorgeous view of Yellowstone Lake, looking off in one direction...
|...as a storm approaches in another direction.
|Silly me -- I thought Yellowstone was full of just geysers and bison. I had no idea there was a Natural Bridge at Yellowstone!
|And I had no idea that Yellowstone had it's own Grand Canyon!
|Viewing the canyon from Artist's Point was simply grand. Here is the view of the canyon in the opposite direction of the waterfall. My, oh my -- this place is BEAUTIFUL!
|The crispness of the morning air added to the mystique of the geysers and fumaroles at Norris Basin.
|The smoke rising from the geysers looked as though there were a ton of tiny fires that were burning amongst the trees.
|Here's my shadow, captured in a patch of grass that was unusually tucked in-between two geysers.
|Here's me at another impressive waterfall along the route.
|As I pedaled further along the route, I was un-climactically welcomed back into Montana.
|Back in Bozeman, I had a chance to explore the Bozeman Public Library. Call me a "Library Snob," but I judge the quality of towns by their libraries. The town of Bozeman is top-rate...
|...as is the town of Jackson, based on its awesome library.