Cycling Date: Tuesday 01-July-14
Mileage: 88 miles
Weather: Low 40s to start. Very low 70s to end. Winds not all that favorable today. Moderate & out of the north to start as we headed north. Building & out of the south as we climbed east. Then strong and out of the southeast as we headed southeast for the last 20 miles of the ride.
Highlights of the day:
Our streak of tailwind days has officially ended. One rider said that with all the favorable winds we’ve had, we were bound to pay it back sooner or later. Today we did. I think this has something to do with the topography. We always seem to have a headwind to end this day into Dubois. We were not disappointed.
We entered Teton National Park just a few miles into today’s ride. The views of the Teton Range were stunning. There I go using that word again. In my defense, it is accurate (IMHO). The peaks rise straight from the valley floor. Everyone took lots of photos of the Teton Mountains, featuring people, buffalo, and flowers. Even the first SAG stop had a view. Ranch land in the foreground and the Tetons in the background. It was very classy SAG stop.
The route then headed up to Togwotee Pass (pronounced TOE-gah-dee) and the Continental Divide, at 9,650’, the highest elevation for the trip. On paper, this climb was not as difficult at Teton Pass but between 8 days on the bike and 5500’ of climbing yesterday, many of the riders commented that the “gentler ascent” was a real challenge. At the top, more amazing views. After the summit, the route was primarily down hill – except for when it went up. And this is when the headwind really kicked in. Again, I shouldn’t be greedy regarding tailwinds. We don’t want to upset Mother Nature. We thank her for the good weather and politely ask for friendlier winds in the future.
Our day ended in Dubois. A small town with old western style wooden sidewalks and a player piano or two. It also has a great restaurant, Nostalgia Bistro, where we had one of our best meals to date. Should you ever find yourself in Dubois, I highly recommend you stop by and visit.
These have been two very challenging days. I think staying up until dark will be the last challenge for many riders today. G’nite!