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Old 09-06-2010, 01:29 PM   #1
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Talking 2 NP's, 3 States and 1 day with my Son.

This is my first attempt of a RR, so I'll jump right on in.

My son (being eight) for the last few months has expressed interest in going on a road trip with me on the bike (let the conversion process begin), so after a few weekend day trips of the odd 40 and 60 mile excursions around our local. We decided to broaden the radius.

So the day starts out as such, despite the weather outlook of a cold front approaching along with some wind and dust, we bundle up, open the hanger bay door and launch the mission @ 0900, from home in St. Anthony, ID and hit the road, destination being West Yellowstone, MT then into Yellowstone NP over into Grand Teton NP, on to Jackson Hole, WY, back over Teton pass into Idaho and home to St. Anthony, ID. Total approximate mileage 370 "Ish".

en route a quick hydration stop at a spring on Targhee pass going into Montana..

along the way we plug a missing link into some local art.... ADV riders roamed the plains and still do today..

A quick stop to fuel top off the bike and a quick burger and fries for the two of us in West Yellowstone, MT..

And on into the park....

Being a holiday weekend, we suspected we would run into a "hoard" but around the corner we ran into a whole freaking lot of cagers, "oh well" better to have "two wheels and a helmet then four and a cage"

Finally made it past the plug.. first stop along the way, we decided to snap a wildlife pic or two..

The following is an actual occurrence, while we were taking this picture we were listening to some people with a group doing a self narration of their experience in the park.... the narration went as such.... "what we are looking at are some Moose? definitely Moose, some in their group said i think they are Elk.... they debated for a few minute's. we moved on not wanting to disturb the moment or incite a additional debate. We snapped our picture of the "Cow Elk" and saddled up and rode off.

Next stop Old Faithful Lodge for some ice cream and possibly see old faithful pop her top.

Well.... we did see old faithful go off, but to stay ahead of the curve we turned a burned out of there to avoid the "hoard of cagers" so up and over the pass to Yellowstone lake and on toward Jackson Hole, the weather was starting to turn south and the temps heading toward the bottom of the thermometer, the bike was reading 49* so far the warmest we had seen was 62*, we looked at the weather radar and notice a frontal boundary approaching from the south west, so time to make tracks to the south east to avoid getting hit with rain or snow.

A quick photo op of the two of us from a nice couple heading down the same stretch of road.

A quick caffeine break the down the trail..

A quick stop at Jenny lake to stretch and take a few pictures, and yes it was getting colder and cloudier.

A little further down the road the front was passing along the west side of the Tetons, so we avoided the bulk of the weather, so just wind and colder temps to deal with now.

Out of Grand Teton NP and into Wyoming "officially" My son Connor decided he wants to start taking pictures, so we snap a few of each other.

Onward to Jackson Hole, Great riding, a little cold but Connor is thumbs up the whole way and ready for more. we diced to make a quick stop at the town square for a tourist shot or two......

you can see it in his eyes, a future "ADV inmate" in the making pretty soon he will be wanting his own bike with a motor in it.

Well a quick check in with HQ, and the wife told us that the wind is gusting and making the house rattle, since we are just under two hours away, we hope that with he setting of the sun that the wind will subside as we come in from behind the weather system. So another stop for burgers and fries (don't tell the wife) "it's health food".

after another quick stop we head up and over Teton Pass and head back to Idaho, after a BRIEF stop at the top of the pass for a picture after noticing the temp is now 42* we head toward home.

Despite the cold temperatures and the long day in the saddle Connor is still
thumbs up and "good to go!"

Well we close the first ride for Connor that involved some mileage and distance (even though it was a big circle), we touch down on the deck at home at a little past 2000, and what does he ask but...... so when can we do it again and go camping?? well..... let us look at the calender and see.

The great part of this story, is that Connor really enjoyed himself (as did I) and he is wanting to do more. He also has two younger brothers, and possibly some day I can convert them as well. The only catch is that my other half has logged many o'miles on the good old R1100GS, and she is still wanting to saddle up and hit the road as well.

So many thanks to her as well.

A family that rides together stays together.

To be continued......................................... ..
~Trust me, I packed your chute, it should open without a hitch........

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Old 09-06-2010, 01:43 PM   #2
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What a great ride.. lucky dad and son! Thanks for the pics
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