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Old 12-06-2009, 03:23 PM   #31
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Day 3: Monday August 17th, 2009.

Monday morning I had a job interview.
I showed up ATGATT on the DRZ, and that's how I was dressed for my interview, except I took my helmet and gloves off.
The interview took about two hours and went very well. In fact they later offered me a job.

So after the interview I headed west, back to the CDT.
An hour of interstate got me back to the trail, and I headed south.


Back on the CDT, I see this bridge. Very cool to see up close.


Later we find ourselves on the high plains Montana.


I stopped in this small town to get gas.
It's been so long since I've seen old analog gas pumps like this.


Refueled, we continue along this very scenic byway.


The rest of the day I was alone. I don't think I saw another vehicle for hours.


Lovely country up here. At least in the summer...


Big wide open country.




Absolute emptyness.


The faithful little DRZ.






I had not seen another soul in several hours.


I was flying like a jet. See the contrail?

I'm getting pretty good at these over the shoulder action shots.

This was a great valley.






I forget the name of this town, but this is where I got some dinner and a beer for the end of the day.


After leaving town I had to ride 45 miles down the Pioneer Valley to get to the next place I could camp, that was not posted or fenced off. It was very scenic and empty.


How scenic is this? It went on for miles.


As the sun started to set behind me, I started looking for a place to camp.


And I found one. It was an "official" camping area next to a Bird Preserve.


There were a lot of signs warning campers about bears.
In the campground there was a horse trailer for campers to lock their food in. I used it.

Stats for the day:
315 miles
Moving Average 42.3 Moving Time 7:27
Stopped 0:54 Total 8:22.

Another good day...
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:19 PM   #32
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:06 PM   #33
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Questor,

The pics in your last post reminds me of the stuff I dream about riding. Too bad it's on the other side of the continent. Some day.... some day....

Thanks for taking all the pics and taking the time to share.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:19 PM   #34
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Questor,

The pics in your last post reminds me of the stuff I dream about riding. Too bad it's on the other side of the continent. Some day.... some day....

Thanks for taking all the pics and taking the time to share.
My advice... Get out there and ride!

But then again, I've been called a "bad influence" by other people's wives.

Honestly, you don't live forever, so what are you waiting for?
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:27 PM   #35
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Thanks. I ride every chance I get! As for bad influences.... I think I could be one too, or so my wife says.

I have too young a family to do these kinds of trips... In a few years however, watchout! For now, I will enjoy reading about them.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:31 PM   #36
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Oh and Q,
I want a very detailed report around the AC-Pinedale-Rawlins section.
Sounds to me like something is in the works!!!!!
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:35 PM   #37
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find a quiet spot off the road, and set up camp for the night. A subway sandwich and two beers for dinner.
Dry place to camp, and a Subway sandwich, That's a Castle and a Feast, ROCK on

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Old 12-06-2009, 05:40 PM   #38
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Excellent report! Keep it coming.
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:06 PM   #39
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Dry place to camp, and a Subway sandwich, That's a Castle and a Feast, ROCK on

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I tend to look after, and feed my motorcycles better than I look after myself.

I don't need much to survive...
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:01 PM   #40
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Nothin' but dirt under my tires, strength to hold the throttle on, and a sunset to ride into!! Subscribed.

(imagine the voice of a man who's eaten 500 miles of hot dusty trail and longing for that cold beer at the campsite set in the days last twilight. )

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Off to a great start, Q. This trail's going on my list.

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Old 12-08-2009, 05:22 AM   #43
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Yea. That's it.

Apparently, in that pink building, there is a restauraunt that has an all you can eat BB-Q. They were not open when I passed thorugh.

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Old 12-08-2009, 05:30 AM   #44
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Just awesome Q !

And the Bannack road is a gem for sure !
I can smell Wyoming now. Keep it coming brother !!
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Day4: Tuesday August 18th, 2009.

It had gotten really cold overnight.
The combination of a clear sky, and moderate altitude made for a chilly combination.

I brushed the frost off the tent and packed up, remembering to get my food from the horse trailer that doubled as a bear "no go zone".

It had to have been below freezing. This guy left his lawn sprinkler on all night and had a frozen circle of ice in his lawn.



Later we crossed the Continental Divide again. Most of the time there were no signs to indicate this.


Continuing on...


The GPS indicated some kind of tunnel just off the trail, so I detoured to check it out. I rode out the back side of a hiking trail parking lot, crossed through a drainage pipe, and followed the trail, and came to this.



It reminded me of those two tunnels on the TAT. Cool Stuff!

Out of the river valley, on onto the plains. As we head towards the southern edge of Yellowstone National Park, and the Tetons, I see this old school house. Forlorne and solitarty.


Headed East towards Yellowstone.


I came across these teams of horse drawn carrages, so I stopped on the side of the road, turned the motor off, and snapped a few pictures. Don't see this everyday.


Back in motion.




Riding for miles through an old Forest Fire burn. I think thisa was that big one that burned about 1/5th of Yellowstone about 20 years ago.


I stopped for gas and hot coffee at a big lodge. Even though it was about 11:00, it was still cold, especially without electric clothing or heated grips.


Headed towards the Tetons, there was construction. In fact this section of road was under construction last Fall when I rode though here.

I ponder:
Why do we need a bigger road to get to a National Park that is already overcrowed? Shouldn't we make the road smaller and more difficult instead, to reduce the amount of traffic?
Isn't part of what makes a place special, the remoteness of it?
It is the distances and time required to get there that makes places exotic.

If we could 'teleport' anywhere instantly, there would be no more places to explore.

After several instances of spirited passing large groups of recreational vehicles all crawling along at 10 miles an hour, we got our first views of the Grand Tetons. I love this place. Aside from the Himalayas, I feel that these are some of the most magnificent looking mountains in the world.




I spent a little while trying to get different angles.




But soon the CDT routed me off into the woods again.




Nice trails. Nothing tricky.




I encountered more construction on Rt 26 headed to Dubois.
Big machines, especialy from the perspective of the little DRZ.


Another Continental Divide crossing.
Nearly 10K feet of elevation. No wonder it's bit chilly.


In Dubois, I get a Buffalo Burger, and more fuel.


Backtracking a few miles from Dubois, I get back on the CDT.

But not before I notice this sign.

This is probably the same guy who wears T-shirts that read, "Never mind the Dog, Beware of Owner" and other such witticisms.

Back on the CDT. A bit of history...




After several miles of climbing out of the valley, we get up on the Pass.


Different rules apply up here. You are no longer at the top of the food chain.


The road is great, as is the scenry and remoteness.


Cows!


Hours of this.


That evening I found myself near the town of Pinedale WY.
I stopped, made a few phonecalls, got a couple of beers, and filled up on gas. Not a bad little town. I liked it.
Looking at the GPS I saw there was a lake to my north, with a State Campground next to it, so I headed there.
Because the place was next to a lake, and there was a boat ramp, the place was filled with large RV's. It was also expensive. Something like $18 a night to sleep on a concrete pad, and listen to generators all night long. No thanks.

I looked elsewhere and soon found a nice spot amongst the Aspen trees. It was also behind a little hill that acted as a perfect windbreak. In contrast, the campground was totally exposed and very windy down by the lake.
So I set up camp in my secluded secrect location.


While I was there I met a new friend.
He's a tree frog.


I put him back in the tree for the next visitors.

Then I took my two beers, hiked to the top of the little hill that protected my campsite, and watched the sunset.


Another excellent day. This is the 55th day on the road for me since MAG and myself left CT to do the TAT. By now, this nomadic lifestyle from a motorcycle felt completely natural. I felt at peace, and in the "groove".

Stats for the day:
291 miles
Moving Average 37.1 (Pretty quick for mostly dirt roads...)
Moving time 7:51. Stopped 3:25
Total 11:17

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