So, the past week has literally been filled with ups and downs. We’ve had a few big climbs. The first was Togwotee Pass on the ride from Dubois to Jackson, WY, a climb of 3000 feet spread over 30 miles through mountains. After spending the night in Jackson (which is a super cool city I will be returning to someday), we climbed Teton Pass. Teton Pass was so different than Togwotee, and was only 4-5 miles but super steep the entire time, around a 10-12% grade (eek!). Look up the bike path on Google Maps. Switchbacks for days! It took about an hour, but was super fun to climb and accomplish. It was one of those moments I will never forget. After Teton Pass we had a 20 mile downhill into Idaho, where I topped out at 47.3 mph. Not bad for the Rockies, but I was hoping to break 50 mph :).
Unfortunately, I’ve had an ear infection that has made this past week rather painful with so many climbs. I refused to not ride through this part of the county, and will not let an ear infection get in the way of enjoying this incredible scenery and terrain. Onwards!
We only spent one night in Idaho, on a gorgeous plain surrounded by mountains, before heading into Montana! Let me tell you, Montana has the most incredible scenery I have ever seen. Beautiful lush mountains with a plethora of rivers, lakes, wildlife, and quaint log cabins.
On Saturday, we rode first into West Yellowstone, MT for our last day off of the summer, which we spent exploring Yellowstone National Park. Anything I describe about the park would never do it justice, so I’ll just post a ton of photos for your enjoyment. It is truly an incredible place. Some highlights include: the coolest geology that this geology nerd has ever seen, history lessons about pioneering, Old Faithful (of course), bison and elk, and swimming in a hot spring! Enjoy the photos, and if you’ve never been to Yellowstone, get there! It’s truly an incredible place.
I’m now in Bozeman, MT, about to head to Lincoln and eventually Missoula. Two weeks from today we arrive in Seattle! It’s hard to believe how soon that is. In the meantime, check out these awesome photos.