It’s National Park Day!
On the Road Again
We woke up early (well, for us) and left our cold campsite by 8:30. We spent very little time on the road, and then headed in to Teton National Park. Throughout the day, we spent almost all of our time in Teton, Shoshone, Grand Teton, and then Targhee National Parks. It was amazing that we could cover hundreds of miles, and transfer from one park to the next. We went up and down so many mountains that we stopped taking nearly as many pictures. We did have a wolf run across the trail, and this would have been great to catch on film, but it was not to be.
The whole day, we were creeping closer to the Teton Mountain range. This is a very steep and rocky range, and it provided us with some great views.
Today was a Sunday, and we actually saw a good amount of traffic on the trails. At one point, we passed at least 15 4.wheelers, and their support trucks and trailers. We have really been alone for so long that this took some getting used to. Many of the trails we ride are one lane dirt roads. To keep the dust out of our lungs, off of our bodies, and out of our air filters on our bikes, we ride beside each other most of the time. Of course, we have to duck behind each other on blind corners, or rises, but after going 100 miles without passing another vehicle, you get a little less careful. So seeing all of this other traffic today was certainly making us a little jumpy, and our travelling was much slower.
We arrived in Grand Teton National Park, and bought passes to get in. These are good for one week, and they also allow us admittance to Yellowstone. We are planning on spending the afternoon in Grand Teton, and camping nearby. We plan on spending at least half of the day in Yellowstone tomorrow before we continue our adventure. While we were in Grand Teton, I let Chaka ride my bike, and I rode on the back of Todd’s. I can tell Chaka was dying to ride after watching us for all these miles. As an added benefit, I got to take pictures from the back of the moving bike, which worked well.
Once in the park, we drove around, but were not seeing any wildlife. We saw grizzly bear signs everywhere, so we thought we would try to find one. We put on our super duper protective t shirts, and set out walking across the tall grasses. To make it more exciting, we stopped talking for 2 reasons. The first was so that we could sneak up on a grizzly, and the second was so that our imaginations could run wild about bear attacks. As far as hikes go, not much happened, but it was my kind of a hike- full of adrenaline!
We stopped for lunch in the park. We enjoyed our meal outside, and we had a nice view of the bikes in the parking lot. Of course, The Ducati Effect was in full force. The bike attracted many visitors. Some took pictures. Some got their pictures taken 😉
We knew we would be camping right outside of this park, and we talked to one of the rangers. He advised that we get bear spray, as there were many grizzlies in the area. We stopped at the store and paid $45 for this insurance policy of sorts. There are 2 pictures on the can. One is of a grizzly looking very grizzly. Not at old glowing and beautiful like you see on the National Geographic channel. The second picture is of the inventor of bear spray- after he got mauled by a bear. We hope we don’t get a chance to use it.