Day 40 – Powell, WY to Shoshone National Forest, WY

Our day began at 4:45 this morning, and we were back on the road soon after. We biked through Cody, and continued on in the direction of the east entrance to Yellowstone. After about 40 miles of relatively flat roads, we turned on to the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and started the climb. It was about 10 miles of uphill, with lots of switchbacks. We did have to get a ride through some construction, but we got another good selfie out of it. Lucy was pretty cool. 



The views going up the mountain were amazing, but really didn’t compare to the scene we were met with after the last switchback. 


The land opened up into enormous mountains and valleys, and the scale of everything was mind-blowing. And we could appreciate the land so much more having biked here. 


The two motorcyclists we met at the top were so friendly! I have much more respect for motorcycles and motorcyclists after these past two encounters. Some really interesting and kind people out on their bikes, experiencing the country. 


These views would have been reward enough for the climb, but we then got to enjoy the ride down! Pure joy coming around those turns. 

There have been a few quick sprinklings of rain today, which have kept the temperature manageable for the most part! Although at one point we did take refuge in the shade of a parked truck by the side of the road… 

We haven’t quite reached Yellowstone National Park yet, but we found a spot in a nearly-empty campground with bear boxes, so we set up camp for the night. 


All the panniers with our food and cooking gear are neatly stashed in the bear box, and hopefully we don’t have a lingering scent of peanut butter on us. We do have the bear spray on hand though, and are prepared to unsheath it at a moment’s notice.

10 thoughts on “Day 40 – Powell, WY to Shoshone National Forest, WY

  1. Nancy Vanderlin July 27, 2016 / 1:23 am

    I pity the bear who tries messing with your food! 🙂

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  2. Hillary Maharam July 27, 2016 / 1:26 am

    Those landscapes are so beautiful and vast. How amazing to be amidst them on just your bicycles!

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  3. Laura/Mom July 27, 2016 / 1:27 am

    Your photos are so beautiful, and you look so happy in every picture! xoxo
    I’ll sleep better tonight now that I’ve seen your cozy campsite (with bear box). It looks amazing there! Happy camping!
    Love, Mom/Laura

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  4. Blandine July 27, 2016 / 2:00 am

    And remember, it is not a repellent but a deterrent! Glad to see my “old friend” in your capable hands. (don’t try it on bisons in Yellowstone… the tests failed :(((…just letting you know! You are really burning that road -and the map- Thank you for the fabulous shots you are taking and the entertaining comments you write. You rock!

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  5. Wendy Bratt July 27, 2016 / 2:27 am

    Beautiful. I’m overflowing with excitement for your journey. I hope to see these places one day! LOVE LOVE, Mom/Wendy

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  6. Al July 27, 2016 / 10:11 am

    Glad the maps made it. I was afraid you were rolling so fast that you’d out-pedal the post office. Hard to believe you only have a day or two left in Wyoming. You’ve seeing the best of it. What a great slice of America you’re seeing. The great slice of hospitality and friendliness is so uplifting too. SPIN ON!

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  7. Andrea Kerin July 27, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Just in continued awe and admiration…
    Thank you

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  8. Dad/Chris July 27, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    I bet I could fit into a bear box. Are there spiders in there?

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  9. Dad/Chris July 27, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Glad the bear spray photo was only a drill. If there had been an an actual bear emergency at the time the photo was taken, you probably should have had the nozzle pointing in the other direction. I think. These things are so confusing….which is why the Office of Personal Safety and Liability Reduction in the National Life Building has taken away my stapler, blunted the end of my scissors, and disabled both the rolling and the spinning functions of my office chair.

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  10. Nancy Vanderlin July 27, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    We had a mother and baby black bear in the yard today. Maybe I’d better get some spray!

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