Cycling Date: Tuesday 05-July-16
Mileage: 88 miles
Weather: Mid 50s to start. Low 70s to end. Winds were out of the WSW, strong and decidedly in our favor.
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) and the Continental Divide, at 9,650’, the highest elevation for the trip. On paper, this climb was not as difficult as 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, they celebrated and took in more amazing views.
The wind was our friend, once again. It pushed us through Teton National Park. It pushed us up to the Togwotee Pass (well, sorta). And it made for an incredible run down off the summit to the hotel. The route is primarily downhill. Add in a stiff (mostly) tailwind and you get a happy group of riders talking about personal besta for their 30 mile run into Dubois. 170 miles & over 12,000 feet of climbing in 2 days and just about everyone was smiling when they arrived in town.
These have been two very challenging days. I think staying up until dark will be the last challenge for many riders today. G’nite!