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 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.