BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 56 Moran Junction to Grant Village

Day Fifty Six Thane’s Blog: bear bait

Tuesday June 25, 2013, 50 miles (80 km) – Total so far: 2,928 miles (4,712 km)

We left the comforts of the hotel we took a rest day at around 4:45 this morning. Bobby’s buddy Ron took us back to the spot where he had picked us up on Sunday and waved good-by around 5:30. He was an awesome host and the climb up Towogatee pass with him will forever be etched in my mind as one of the most incredible rides ever. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Ron.

Our morning ride was spent cycling through the Teton National Park as it headed toward Yellowstone National Park. My camera and I got to see wild bison, elk, mule deer and a very friendly raven. All before 10 am! We also were witness to some incredible beauty as we made our way through the Teton National Park. Today the rain clouds came back out to play and they did an incredible dance with the mountains. We were getting rained on from time to time but the beauty of the rain over the valley and mountains made the morning an awesome one to be cycling with a camera in tow.

I was totally stoked all morning. Not only because of the beauty of the natural world around me but the fact that I knew we would be arriving at Yellowstone National Park before this day was over. It was with great excitement that I photographed the welcome sign. After paying the $12.00 fee to enter the area I was a little less stoked. After fighting with thousands of vehicles all passing me on a road with absolutely no shoulder I was tempted to turn Boo around and get the hell back to the Tetons. Giant recreational vehicles pulling pint sized cars screamed by us for at least an hour. Sometimes barely missing us. Sometimes moving to the left a foot or two but rarely, if ever, bothering to slow down at all. Fearing perhaps that they would miss 10 seconds of their precious vacation. If I sound a little pissed off it is only because I am.

I know there was beauty all around us on this stretch of road. Unfortunately, for the majority of the time I had to concentrate so intensely on my survival that I couldn’t even take my eyes off the damn road in front of me. I did manage to find a couple areas of the road that had been widened out for cars to pull over and take a scenic view and I took advantage of a couple of them to get off the bike and capture a few images. We pulled into the campground at Grant Village and were given the list of do’s and don’ts for camping here in Grizzly bear country. It kinda freaked me out a little bit to tell you the honest truth. This is a first for me. If you don’t see a blog from me or a Facebook post for the next couple days it’s probably because a bear decided to dine on my right arm so typing may present a problem.

If we make it through the night without being seen as a bear’s food source our destination for tomorrow will be the town of West Yellowstone. I am hoping the road to West Yellowstone has fewer super-sized recreational vehicles and a shoulder that is something other than non-existent. I would really love to be able to lift my head up and absorb the beauty of the world around me.

beautiful beasts

beautiful beasts

elk viewing

elk viewing

Teton range

Teton range

spending the night in bear country

spending the night in bear country

Day Fifty Six Bobby’s Blog

Tuesday June 25, 2013, 50 miles (80 km) – Total so far: 2,928 miles (4,712 km)

After having a rest day at Teton Lodge and hanging out with Ron and his family we got in Ron’s truck and headed back out to Moran Junction. We cut through Teton National Park on the way and got a chance to get up close to some bison and also saw some elk.

Got on the bike and started toward Yellowstone and what would become a very pretty and seemingly dangerous ride through the park. So many cars and the huge RV’s with the old codgers driving them got a little scary at times.

Made it to Grant State Park and decided to spend the night here and head for West Yellowstone in the morning. Ruffy is already there and has lodging set up for us.

It feels good to be back on the road again. We are in grizzly country so all our gear is packed away in the bear box. No midnight snacks in the tent here. It’s quite a nice camp ground and quite full as is everything else around here.

Nice to know that no matter how full they always accept hikers and cyclists. $6.80 to camp,$3.71 for a shower,and $1.06 for a towel. Kinda strange if you ask me. They do have an awesome laundry facility here which is like gold to a touring cyclist.

Good night all.

Seen a few of these bad boys in Teton Park when Ron was taking us back to Moran Junction where he picked us up.

Seen a few of these bad boys in Teton Park when Ron was taking us back to Moran Junction where he picked us up.

Sad to be leaving the Tetons behind

Sad to be leaving the Tetons behind

This was at the entrance to Yellowstone. A sign which I think everyone ignored.

This was at the entrance to Yellowstone. A sign which I think everyone ignored.

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Another Divide crossing

Another Divide crossing

Home for the night.

Home for the night.

Grizzly country so everything must go into the bear box.

Grizzly country so everything must go into the bear box.