Well, this was supposed to be a beautiful day on the bike. I was going to ride through The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. I did, but the weather didn’t cooperate. The wonder of The Grand Tetons eluded me and Yellowstone was just miserable. It was raining when I left Jackson Hole, WY in the morning at 6:00 AM. I was trying to see as many animals as I could that usually come out to feed at that time. It began raining harder, then sleet, then hail, and finally heavy snow as I rode across the continental divide all while my bike’s electronic info screen stopped indicating fuel supply, miles left, total bike miles and speed to just scream at me – IT”S 32 DEGREES!!! I think the bike was trying to tell me it was too fucking cold and she wasn’t happy. I pulled over at one of the lodges and had hot cocoa and breakfast with a group of similarly aged BMW riders. We had a nice chat about the weather and how stupid we all were to be out riding in heavy snow. I waited another hour and the snow stopped and got on the bike and took off. Three more hours of freezing rain ending in Bozeman, MT soaking wet, frozen to the bone and completely wiped. Had a hot shower, took a cab to a brew pub, and the world was right again.
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If you really want to see Yellowstone the way it is, click on this link to see the photos I took last summer.
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This is what I was supposed to see.
This is what I saw.
This is not the way you want to ride.
These are the only creatures I saw along the way in Yellowstone.