I’m in Wyoming now, what a change from Idaho! First days riding was a little tedious, a 50 mile ride on broken up and washboarded roads in forest between Yellowstone and Teton nation parks. I was surprised to see all the little campsites close to Yellowstone were full. I found the reason when I got to Flagg Ranch, the recommended campsite – it closed for the season. Seems bizarre to me to close a campsite, but that’s what the commercial operators do here. Fortunately I found a nice national forest campsite a few miles further on, before it got dark. I woke up to find the tent and bike encrusted with frost and ice, I guess I’ll have to get used to this for the next few weeks.
Yesterday was a complete contrast – all on road, through magnificent scenery along the Grand Tetons. The roads are a little hairy, as they are full of RV’s and caravans, with drivers paying more attention to the scenery than the road. I even ran into a traffic jam caused by a grizzly bear- everyone stopped to photograph it as it foraged a few hundred metres from the road. I told one photographer that it’s an old grizzly trick, one parades for the photographer while his mate comes around the other side to steal stuff from the parked cars. I think he almost believed me.
I intended to camp further on the road, but I stopped for a coffee at a Dude ranch (this is real cowboy country, its full of them) and succumbed to the temptation of a hot shower and a bed so I stayed in one of the little cabins they have here. And it is indeed full of city folks, playing out their cowboy fantasies.
Im a bit behind schedule as usual, but with luck I’ll be in Pinedale, the next stop, in 3 days.