Cycling Date: Tuesday 30-June-15
Mileage: 88 miles
Weather: Mid 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Winds were very light start the day. Then we crossed the continental divide – strong winds out of the west blew us down the mountain and into town.
Highlights of the day:
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’-guh-dee or so I’ve heard) 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. The gosh darned biting black flies probably didn’t help, but I digress. At the top, more amazing views and the wind picked up. Flies gone. Tailwind started. All celebrated. After the summit, the route was primarily down hill – except for when it went up. Add a kicking tailwind and riders flew into town.
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!