Let the good times roll!

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.Β 

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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!Β 

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This is pretty steep, it just doesn’t really look it in the photo!

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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.

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Walt? Jesse?

Walt? Jesse?

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!

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15 thoughts on “Let the good times roll!

  1. Storms and Snow? Snow?!? Steve is thinking he might bin a Tri tomorrow because it’s meant to be a tiny bit wet…

    Hoping that reading about your adventures might lead to a bit of manning up (easy for me to say, I’ll be spectating hard from the car, with a flask of coffee πŸ˜‰

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    • A ‘tiny bit wet’, i’ll have you know there was a yellow weather warning of doom! Anyway, it wasn’t actually that wet so didn’t bin it. If there’d been snow then I would have been firmly staying at home.

      Hope the battery charging solution works out, loving the blog πŸ™‚

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  2. Spectating is hard work. I knackered my hands clapping the participants at a half iron man. That almost means I should have got a medal too.
    Good luck to Steve if he does do it! Think of the finishing line goodie bag as motivation – bound to be a free granola bar in there.
    Snow a bit of a shock for this part of the trip. All the locals are wowing at how unheard of it is. Should shift though in a couple of days.
    Have fun tomorrow!

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  3. So pleased you are still alive BC! Had missed you and the updates. Your blog posts have turned in a genuine highlight in the mundane life of a londoner. Glad all going well.

    Given you’re doing so well, here’s some going downhill out of control type questions. Did Hitler only have one ball? Is Jamie Lee Curtis a hermaphrodite? What was L. Gaga’s meat dress made out of? What would Meat Loaf not do for love? And finally, who had a very suspect ‘hit’ in the mid 90s with ‘Jessie’?

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  4. Glad to hear they’re keeping counter-terrorism fighters motivated. The posts are really just to get questions back from yourself. Was the Orlando Bloom one correct?
    Hitler – yeah, think that’s true.
    Jamie Lee – no, but the urban myth lives on
    Gaga – they were big meaty steaks. I do not know the cut. Possibly Porterhouse
    Meat Loaf won’t do ‘that’
    Jessie – was that Richard Marx? Had that kind of feel to the Down by the River hit

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    • Sorry – you were completely right with the Orlando Bloom questions – four out or four. In terms of the above – yes, one ball; yes, no cock; yes – beef (cut not specified); yes, that. Jessie was a hit for Joshua Kadison – so you dropped a point there. But all in all very good – strong start to the second half.

      As a bonus. What is the only anagram of the word ‘Mountaineers’?

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      • I need time. Will try and reply in 4 days when I next get signal.
        Importantly, how are Arsenal doing? 6-0 thrashing by a major team followed by plenty of wins settif up for the post-Christmas crash?

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  5. Love all your blogs! Sounds fantastic apart from the thunder storms! Actually we have not received the last two. Ann forwarded them from her. Good to meet up with people and hope your new charger works okay. Night night. S
    Sleep well!

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  6. Am loving your blog Anna! Currently writing a very boring (not to mention long) thesis….your reports brighten my day up no end. So jealous of your adventure, it looks amazing (even if high proportion of type 2 fun). Your photos definitely beat the views that I could currently send you in return from the area of outstanding natural beauty known as Clapham North. Keep safe and hope the snow goes away soon. Much love , Katharine x

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  7. Anna, i’ve been reading all ur blog posts and loving how the adventure is coming together. Keep it up, its un rolling into a great story πŸ™‚

    Hesbon.

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