Am now in a Jackson after a scenic ride down the edge of the Tetons, after randomly bumping into nice Aussie guy Daniel 2 minutes after I set off. David was heading for the hills and went off in the wrong direction which he seems to do a lot. He’s had to backtrack 8 miles uphill after a wrong turn. I’d phone British Airways and leave the country the next day if I did that.
Am having an electronic goods charging disaster after my central battery I’ve used to charge all devices has failed and I’ve barely any juice left in anything. I’ve just shelled out a month’s worth of burgers on something to replace it so here’s hoping it works! Before my iPad fails, thought I’d do a quick post with some photos of better times than the storms!
One of those was going over the “legendary Fleecer Ridge”. In the context of this trip, I like neither the word legendary nor the word ridge. However, it turned out to be a real highlight. I planned to do it in the morning when less tired but bumped into Greg, Hannah and Brandon (the 3 I’ve travelled with a bit) and agreed to ‘go over the top’ with them that afternoon as the stretch has a bit of a reputation.
The ride to the top was ok and the views were amazing. It’s the trip down, in Greg’s words, “a frickin’ vertical wall man” that makes it so fearsome. I was in control of the bike a good, oooooo, maybe 1-2% of the time as it was steep indeed!
This is pretty steep, it just doesn’t really look it in the photo!
The scenery has been very varied, no exaggeration to say it changes everyday and I went through some canyons and terrain I’d think of for New Mexico rather than Montana before hitting Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and a more familiar look and feel. Note to self to not put your tent perpendicular to the wind when camped in a steep-sided canyon. Note to others to ride in in the bike lane if you want to avoid paying to get into Grand Teton for free.
Halfway through writing this, I’ve again randomly bumped into Brandon! He’s come down to Jackson too to short-cut to Pinedale after getting a puncture in snow and Hannah losing feeling in her hands and starting crying it was so cold. So my decision firmly validated!
Thanks for all your comments – they’re really nice to receive when I do get access to wifi or cell signal!