Yesterday I rode from Pinedale WY to Island Park ID through the Tetons and Yellowstone. It was mostly a cold overcast day (with snow) but still had some great riding and awesome views.
The day started late… I was ready to go at 6:30, but the DR wasn’t. It was 29° out and carbureted bikes don’t like starting when it’s that cold. While I was loading the bike, Jim walked over and started talking to me. He is a forest ranger in WA. Jim and his brother spent 2006 backpacking Chile and Argentina he had some intersting stories. At 9am and 37° (DR sitting in the sun) I was able to head out.
Within the first 50 miles of trail it started snowing. I missed the heavy snow but it sounds like surrounding areas received 4-5 inches. The tops of the Tetons were already loaded with fresh snow.
With about 60 miles behind me, I rounded a bend in the trail and an adolescent moose (it didn’t have a fully developed rack) and I startled each other. I have never had something that large jump infront of me. There were also several more elk and antelope today. The big animals are out and prepping for winter.
Yellowstone had some great views but the wildfire that’s been burning since July has burnt out over 20,000 acres. They had just reopened the sections I rode through after they burned on Sunday. It was nothing but ash and charred trees. I did swing by and patiently wait for Old Faithful… checked that box… but probably don’t need to go back again.
So… it’s 630a… but only 31° so I’m waiting on the sun so I can get the DR fired up.
The sections I plan to cover today: