BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 54 Dubois to Moran Junction

Day Fifty Four Thane’s Blog: quite possibly the best cycling day ever

Sunday June 23, 2013, 57 miles (92 km) – Total so far: 2,878 miles (4,631 km)

To be quite honest I wasn’t sure how this day would unfold. Apparently the two grilled chicken breasts and green beans decided that my stomach would be an awesome place to throw a party. So around 11:30 pm they put the party into high gear and the result was not pretty.

For the next hour and a half I occupied a small corner of the bathroom while they decided to exit via the northern route. Fortunately I was able to catch about an hours sleep after the puke fest and I was totally stoked about that.
The alarm went off at 4:30 as usual and I dragged my backside out of bed to face the climbs of the day. I knew that today meant nearly 3.600 feet of climbing including one serious pass that put us at about 9,500feet.

As luck would have it when I stepped outside this morning the thermometer on the bike read 36degrees. Oh man! About 5 minutes into the ride the chicken and green beans decided to come out and play one last time and after that things started feeling better. I knew I would be ok after we made the first climb of around 2 miles that averaged 4 % and everything stayed where it should.A friend of ours from our hometown just happened to be in this area visiting his son who lives here and joined us for most of this ride today. A huge thanks to Ron for being our tour guide not only on the ride today but on tomorrows rest day as well. Big thanks to Ron’s wife and son as well for allowing us to invade their world for a couple days.

To be quite honest with you. Today may have been the most incredible day of cycling in my entire life. The climb up Togawatee Pass was very long but I loved it. The views on either side were awesome and when we climbed above the tree line once again it just made my soul smile a huge smile.

We actually climbed for a couple hours even before the actual climb of the pass began. It was during this time that we got a rare opportunity to see 2 grizzly bear cubs within distance of my cameras lens. Absolutely incredible.

Ron has ridden this area many many times and he had told us that once we crest the summit we would see the Teton Mountain Range and he was absolutely right. My jaw dropped. This is the fourth set of mountains that we have seen on this journey but this one was somehow different. It was stunning. It actually took my breath away. I just stared at it for a couple minutes even before I started photographing it. Its beauty mesmerized me in a way that none of the others had done and I will never forget that moment.

In my heart of hearts I believe that today was the most incredible day of cycling I have every encountered. Today it was good to be a cyclist. Today it was damn good to be a cyclist.

Day Fifty Four Bobby’s Blog

Sunday June 23, 2013, 57 miles (92 km) – Total so far: 2,878 miles (4,631 km)

We got out at 5:30 and the temp. was 36 and quickly dropped to 34. Quite some time ago I mailed all my cold weather gear home so I had to double up on the T shirts and I did keep my arm and leg warmers so I put them on as well.

While in Lander I picked up and old friend (a pair of brown jersey gloves) and put them on over my fancy cycling gloves that look way better than they are functional.

About 10 miles or so into the ride our friend from home Ron Anderson pulled up with his son Dave and unloaded his bike and rode with us into Moran Junction. What a great ride Ron knows the area real well and the sun came out to warm my frozen toes.

About 2/3rds of the way up Togwotee Pass we spotted two Grizzly cubs in a meadow close to the road. They seemed quite unaffected by all the passersby and continued to forage as if we weren’t there. Got some nice pics.

We continued up over the pass and had lunch at the lodge and then rode down to Moran Junction where Ron had his truck parked. We loaded the bikes for a rest day in Jackson Hole with him and Fran and Dave. We will continue on from the same spot on Tuesday.

Met up with my buddy Ron just west of Dubois.

Met up with my buddy Ron just west of Dubois.

What we were seeing on the climb.

What we were seeing on the climb.

These little guys were just hanging our next to the road.

These little guys were just hanging our next to the road.

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