Avg Speed: 13.5 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 122 bpm
Climbing: 4,080 ft
Calories Burned: 4,398
Teton National Park ... Heavy Headwinds ... Continental Divide ... Cool Temperatures ... A Unicyclist
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The coolest temperatures of our trip greeted us as we we departed Jackson around 7:00 AM. Some folks stopped in town for a more robust breakfast than was offered at the hotel. I was filled up on waffles and oatmeal. The Geldings hit a tough headwind right out of the gate as we passed the National Elk Reserve. More than 5,000 elk spend the winter here each year. We entered Teton National Park shortly after that with constant headwinds. Non stop sights and picture opportunities. The snow capped peaks were with us for over 25 miles. Truly an amazing place.
|The Start of Non Stop Wonders|
|Me With Helen|
|Breathtaking Teton Peaks|
|I Have a Lot of These|
|You Must See These In Person|
|Three Layered Landscape|
|It Was Chili Out There|
|Dave Sullivan ... My Roomie|
|Jeff Douglas ... Gelding and Mechanic Extraordinaire|
|Gerard Davenport ... Arkansas|
|Jeff Needs A Push|
|Leaving the Park|
|Tetons From SAG|
|One Last Look|
|Heading Toward the Divide ... Goodbye Tetons|
Soon there after, we began our climb toward the Continental Divide and Togwotee Pass (9658'). The grades were not nearly as bad as yesterday's ride. My legs felt pretty good and as the climbing started I shed my jacket and warm gloves. I would eventually shed my arm warmers as well. I climbed just behind the the guys and met them at the base of the Togwottee Pass. We started to see a steady stream of self-supported cross country riders including a guy on a unicycle! We got the word that we would need to be shuttled around some ongoing construction near the summit. The climb was steady but tolerable. I reached the "shuttle" spot just after Dave, Jeff, and Joe had been driven up. Mark had gone on as it was pretty chili. The shuttle was an old Wyoming DOT pick up truck. It was supposed to take us past the construction near the summit on each side. Well ... I was driven about 2 miles and deposited right in the middle of the construction zone and had to ride on gravel another 3 miles to the summit. The wind was howling a solid 20+ mph.
|Coast to Coast On A Unicycle|
|Approaching the Continental Divide ... Almost 10,000 Feet High|
|Descending Togwotee Pass|
fully clothed. On a normal day that would not have been a big issue, as I could have caught them fairly quickly as we we were still going down hill. Well, with 30 mph winds it was a different story. It took me 45 minutes of hard riding to finally catch them and then I was really in the zone and pushed on past them. Dave joined me for the final approach into Dubois. The town is small and has an out of the old west feel. Only Mark, Ann, and Rick had finished before we did. It was a long day for a lot of folks.
|Cowboy Cafe in Dubois|
|The Infamous Dubois Jackalope|
Good night moon ... good night wind ... good night Wyoming DOT ... good night cold temperatures (well not quite ... it is supposed be 37 in the morning) ... good night big climbs ... good night clean clothes ... good night tired me (a hard day's work)