FURTHER THAN CHICAGO: day 32-34


Dubois, WY to Colter Bay Village (Grand Teton National Park), WY
67 miles
Colter Bay Village (Grand Teton National Park), WY to West Yellowstone, MT
96 miles
West Yellowstone, MT
0 miles
Left Dubois early into building mountains.
Saw a moose just outside of town.
Made it atop our first pass, and ate all the rest of our snacks, preparing for bear country.
The other side of the pass saw construction.
We had to ride a 2 mile section downhill in the back of a construction pilot car pickup with our bikes.
Smooth, down hill ride into Grand Teton National Park.
(12 bucks each, for both of us, that’s one dollar less than a car, not okay)
Stopped just before the rain hit, in Colter Bay Village, a faux national park town.
Sat down for dinner, until we saw the five-star resort prices.
Paid half the price at the tex-mex diner next door, then retired to the hike/bike campsite.
Laid awake half the night worried visualizing bear attacks.
Woke up to rain.
Sat at breakfast indoors for about two hours, watching a movie in the visitor center, and walked through the American Indian Art Museum twice, waiting for the rain to stop.
Left at 10 am, despite the rain.
Made it out of the Tetons, and quickly after, into Yellowstone National Park.
Lots of climbing right at first.
Head high snow drifts line the streets at the higher elevations.
Still raining.
We push on through Yellowstone, heads down.
Make it to lunch, and decide it’s best to make it out of the park by sundown.
BISON!
GEOTHERMAL POOLS OF BOILING WATER!
MOTORHOMES/TOURBUSES PULLING S.U.V.’s ON MOUTAIN ROADS WITH NO SHOULDER!
EGADS!
Old faithful.
Predicted eruption in 45 minutes.
We don’t really have 45 minutes.
At least I saw the hole.
The rain picks up near the end (as it always seems to).
We make it into West Yellowstone, Montana.
Another state, another motel.
Too cold to hold the pen to sign for my credit card.
Woke up this morning to 3 inches of snow.
Rest day.
“Alaska” at the IMAX theater, and a date with the laundromat.
We are slated to be in Portland, Oregon no later than June 26.
Yesssssss.

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9 Comments

  1. Posted June 7, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Why is your bike wearing a shower cap? I love reading about your adventures! Keep up the good work! Miss you lots!
    Shawna

  2. Nanny
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Geoff and Sarah — imagine — rich people sign up for (and pay the big bucks) for those tough, physically challenging “character-building” tours in remote places. Your character must be awesome by now. Heh, heh. PS/does this message look better? I have a new computer keyboard, ergonomic yet. My neck likes it.

  3. helga
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    you guys are studs – have you thought about getting some studded tires and pressing on? plenty of car-less folks do that here and it seems to work pretty well – I even saw a unicyclist tooling down a rather hilly thoroughfare in the in the dead of winter. Not that I would do it or deny that these people are out-of-control diehards. An extremely green landscape awaits you anyhows..

  4. Cass
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Hey you guys, Can’t wait to see you at the Riverplace Hotel in Portland for some well-deserved R&R. http://www.riverplacehotel.com/

  5. aunt julie
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Snow in June! Bison, moose, jackalopes (I checked out your pics). Can’t wait to see the Idaho photos, hope you have to break out the sunscreen again. Enough rain for one trip! Love your trip, love following the posts, love taking the vicarious trip! So enjoyable for those of us who are transcontinental web-riders. You guys are doing great!

  6. Eric
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    We have two cyclists setting up camp in our back yard. They came from new jersey and are on their way to California. They have bee all through Europe and have been on the road for the last 12 years…..I just about fell over when I pulled Sarah’s post card out of the mail box….What a coincidence…….Rock on!!!

  7. Anne
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Hi you guys! Just got your postcard, can’t believe you have time or energy left to write anything. It has been great reading your posts and following your adventure. Are you having fun yet? Sounds a bit like torture to me. Hope you’re having some enjoyable moments. Be safe and keep on with the sunscreen and lip balm. You both will need facials when you get home.
    Love,
    Anne and JIm

  8. Posted June 14, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Hey Sar-Bear-
    thanks for the rocking postcard……….we have been following you alot……way cool trip! If you stay in one place for more than a day your Auntie Debi would fly you out some tasty Bearclaw coffee! Anyway ride on sister and enjoy the ride!!!!

  9. Posted June 14, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Hey Sarah….how can we offer up the boat or house for other bikers out there to chill and recoup and get a good nights sleep? Doug are up for that.

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