Day 42 – Yellowstone National Park, WY to West Yellowstone, MT

We biked through the valley this morning at about 7:00, and saw so many more bison. We even had to pull over to wait for one to cross a bridge! It’s so incredibly intimidating (but cool at the same time) to make eye contact with a bison. Yes, that happened. A few times. 

We had a long climb to get up out of the valley, after which we found a waterfall and a busy general store that sadly didn’t carry the fuel we need for our stove. 

We had a short but speedy descent, then spent the next few hours pedaling upwards. We were proud parade leaders from time to time, once accumulating a 10-car-parade, eventually finding ourselves going over Dunraven Pass, at the elevation of 8,859 ft! 

After that long morning of uphill, we were rewarded with an afternoon of mostly downhill. 

Just when we were needing a lunch/nap break, we came to an intersection with signs for geysers and a museum, so we pedaled up a little side road. We were met with an overwhelming number of tourists (there must have been at least 20 states represented on the license plates in that parking lot) and a gravel path with a “no bikes” sign. But we didn’t let those unfortunate events bring us down. There was a lovely open forest of tall trees surrounding the area, so we dragged our bikes over stumps and fallen trees, pulled out our sleeping pads and pillows, and took naps for the next hour. As far as we know, nobody even noticed. We were awoken by bugs carelessly traveling over our legs and the heat from the sun as the shade moved. So we left the parking area of the alleged geyser feeling rested, and only having smelled the sulfuric odors of the landmark on the breeze. Overall a great experience, that geyser. We highly recommend it. 

We did pedal by a hot spring, called Beryl Spring! There was even a helpful sign warning us about the boiling water bubbling out of the ground. 

We biked the rest of the way through Yellowstone, leaving through the west gate. I realized today how different it would be to drive through the park – I think it really takes getting out into the fresh air to really experience a place. And although we didn’t see Old Faithful, we got to feel the wind, sun, and rain on our faces as we biked through this National Park, which makes for some unforgettable times. 

We’re spending the night camping in a park in the town of West Yellowstone, and we met yet another amazing couple of people tonight. They were walking their dog, and after we talked to them for a few minutes, they invited us to go get ice cream with them and offered to let us spend the night on pull-out beds in their camper! I took them up on the ice cream offer (so delicious!) but we decided to stay put with the tent, since we were already partially set up here. Thank you both so much for the great conversations and the ice cream! 

6 thoughts on “Day 42 – Yellowstone National Park, WY to West Yellowstone, MT

  1. Chris/ Dad July 29, 2016 / 9:47 am

    They (uppercase “T”) put things like Old Faithful, the South Rim, and Delicate Arch into the parks to concentrate the tourists and cars in order to keep the parks safe and sane for wildlife and people who want to get off the beaten path.

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  2. Wendy Bratt July 29, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Wow- thanks to brother Jonas for the loan of an incredible camera. I suspect that waterfall might look very different through the lens of an iPhone. I enjoyed zooming in on one of the landscapes to see a white Jeep bumbling across the mountain grasses, giving perspective to the vast lands. You gave up a comfy bed because your nightspot was partially set up?! I’m not sure I could have done that! Thanks to the ice cream couple for your connection! Sending love, loads of energy, smiles, strength, and expectation of more adventures today – I am certain that coyote has been alongside you all the way❤️. Love love love, Mom/Wendy

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  3. Al July 29, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Most of the VT Land Trust staff read yesterday’s blog entry. We’re with you all the way! Looks like you had good weather through Yellowstone. What a fantastic last few days you’ve had.

    I’m sure you’ll be glad to shed the traffic as you head to Missoula. You’re bound to encounter other long distance riders on the Adventure Cycling route. Keep spreading your enthusiasm for life.

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  4. Uncle Bill July 29, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Reading your daily missives are a wonderful reminder that there are things other than political conventions and Red Sox slumps going on in the world. If you feel a little extra weight in one of your panniers, it’s because I’m hiding in it.

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  5. Nancy Vanderlin July 29, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Proud parade leaders! I have that image stuck in my head now!!!!


  6. Steve Crimy July 29, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    Viva Che!


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