Cumulative: 1080 miles, 46393 feet of climb
Hello from Wyoming. Two states are finished and we have eight more (plus Ontario) to go before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. And we have gone more than one thousand miles since we left the Pacific Ocean.
Today we had a hard ride. It is supposed to be one of the more difficult days of the tour, as we climbed over Teton Pass at 8431 feet. There was a lot of climbing today.
The weather was cool at the start again. 52 degrees at 6:15AM when we loaded our luggage on the truck for departure. The route started on US26 or roads that paralleled US26. Then we headed east on Route 31 and finally Route 22 into Jackson.
We're climbing up there?
The usual gang rode together today. We had a slight uphill grade for the first 47 miles. At one point, four horses ran across the road right in front of us, causing us to brake in order to avoid hitting them. We climbed to Pine Creek Summit (6764ft.) at mile 61, descended a bit, and then climbed 2600 feet to Teton Pass at mile 80, with the last three miles at a 10% to 15% uphill grade. The Hog Pen Gap climb has nothing on Teton Pass. The climb went on forever and just when you thought you were at the top, there was another switchback to climb.
Snake River to our right
At breakfast several of us were comparing notes, discovering we all have brought books to read in our spare time. But no one has read a page. By the time we get done riding, have lunch, unload the luggage, check into our room, take care of our bike (cleaning, lubing the chain, etc.), write our blog, take care of laundry, and go to dinner and rap, it’s about time for bed since we get up early most every morning. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but there is virtually no free time to unwind except for the one rest day we had in Boise. And that seems like a long time ago.
But tonight included a trip into town to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The town looks like a tourist trap but was a nice diversion from our riding.
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
Tomorrow we cross the Continental Divide at Togwotee Pass (9658 feet) with the Tetons on our left. There are supposed to be some great photo ops tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Boys will be boys
Here is part of our ride towards Teton Pass:
This is from Jeff's handlebar cam:
Several riders are raising money for charity. Here is a link to a TV piece done in Pocatello that includes both the Marks I ride with. Links to their blogs are at the left, should you wish to see what they are saying or want to contribute to either of their charities.http://www.kpvi.com/story.php?id=21801&n=15212