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Old 09-28-2010, 12:20 PM   #391
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My wife and I are drinking coffee and looking at your report. I said, "Those must be the famous Rockefeller Squirrels.", I scroll down and see the Rockefeller Parkway on your map.
Hey, I think you're right! I found more evidence (see below).



Day 18: 7/24/10 Grassy Lake to Pinedale, WY 234 miles


A quick breakfast of coffee and oatmeal and then we were back on Ashton-Flagg Ranch Rd.
















Had a few run ins with SUVs and trucks - why does every person in a cage, freak out and let go of the wheel when they see a bike coming?





We stopped at Pole Cat Creek to look at the grassy water.




It was so clear and pretty.




Matt spotted something swimming underwater. It looked just like a porcupine pufferfish,



but obviously, it wasn’t. I think it was a muskrat.





We were on the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway.
BigWan expected smooth pavement, luxury rest stop facilities and gold plated lamp posts...




Nope. But we did see some squirrels in business suits...
They must be the famous Rockefeller Squirrels that larryboy's talking about!






Apparently, it was no easy task establishing the Grand Teton National Park.
You can read all about Rockefeller, Roosevelt and the Jackson Holes, here.

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Old 09-28-2010, 03:00 PM   #392
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Okay, just a quick note. Iím putting myself to sleep here.

I only bothered doing a RR for this trip because there aren't many reports that focus on 2up dirt.
Now that I covered Lava Mountain and Fleecer Ridge, I don't have a lot to say.
I've been reminded that there are lots of good CDT ride reports out there, bursting with information...
All I want to do is make it to Colorado and the TAT, so I'm going to pick up the pace.
I still have a lot of photos, but there will be less talky-talky and fewer linkies.



Day 18 continued...


Stopped at Leeks Marina and washed our faces with hot water and soap.








Learned about Stephen Leek, Father of the Elk.












Here we go - to the Teton Range...




More drive-by photography...








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Old 09-28-2010, 03:11 PM   #393
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Day 18 continued...


We needed some groceries and fuel, so we reluctantly stopped in Jackson.
Wildlife art on the way into town...









Traffic.














I donít like dicking around for food in this kind of town, so we stopped at McDís for crappy salads and coffee.
There was a really cool documentary about Yellowstone in Winter playing on the telly.




This was my favorite thing in Jackson.




Whew. Glad to be back on the road.














Ahhhh... Dirt.



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Old 09-28-2010, 03:22 PM   #394
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Day 18 continued...


Stopped to get fuel at Togwotee Pass.





Make sure you bring a credit card! The store is closed from 10:30am to 4pm, but the gas pumps are open 24 hours.
There was a girl who didnít have a credit card and she was SOL.
We got gas for her, but she could have been waiting here a while...




They were working on the road








Oooh. Orange...




This one made me want waffles...












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Old 09-28-2010, 05:23 PM   #395
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Day 18 continued...






We ran into a lot of Continental Divide bicyclists today.
These guys weren’t too interested in chatting with us at first, but we forced them to talk for a while and they warmed up.
Steve and Jerry, intrepid Canadian bikers.
CD bike riders are so hardcore - these guys were going to be on the road for 63 days.





This fella was part of Steve and Jerry’s group, but we didn’t catch his name.
Apparently they all met online and it wasn’t working out the way they expected.
He alluded to the “drama” and said he was happy to be riding alone.




We were zooming around when we spied this bald eagle.
It seemed weird that he was just sitting on the ground...




Gorgeous










Later on the trail, we ran into a guy who was walking - pulling a freaking huge rickshaw full of crap.
Trudging along behind him was a depressed-looking girl wearing a gigantic backback.
I wanted a photo, but they were so miserable, there was no way I could take one.
They made me sad. What a way to travel. It was a really rutted section of road, too. Dusty and dry.

Shortly after that, we saw a brand new (2010)
Bitchin Camaro coming towards us! It was piloted by an extremely pissed-off looking blonde.
The road was pretty rutted and rocky, but she was picking up speed. Hope she didn’t run over the rickshaw dude and his ladyfriend!
















We had Chinese food in Pinedale. It was okay.




It was interesting talking to the waitresses, though.
They were from California (L.A. and Salinas) and had ended up in Pinedale through a placement agency.
Those poor girls seemed a little lost in Pinedale, (“This is the smallest town you ever saw, huh?” “It’s ALWAYS winter!” ) but we had fun talking to them.





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Old 09-28-2010, 05:57 PM   #396
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no pic of the bitchin camaro?
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:28 PM   #397
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Wow, i just got caught up on everything. Sorry I was gone, took a four day trip to Moab. had a wonderful time! Although i didnt see anything as perttie as your pictures. Ill see if i can get a RR on my trip. Don't wear out on your RR yet, There are alot of us that want to see it all the way through. Your doing a great job!
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:04 PM   #398
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The report looks great, Kelly!!! It's a ton of work to put one together, but the nice thing is that it's yours and you can report it how you want.

I got lucky on all the highway sections around the Tetons, they were all torn up and dirt for me.




Pinedale, the saloon on the right as you come into town had great food.




I've learned to not order chinese unless I can see an asian in the kitchen and no seafood more than 200 miles from the ocean.
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:40 AM   #399
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I haven't been in Jackson Hole or Afton since the late 70's...

and from the looks of the pic you posted in Jackson Hole, it doesn't look like I'm inclined to return anytime soon . Too many people/tourists.

Really enjoying the ride report and can't wait until you get to the TAT portion. I want to hear your perspective of riding it two up over the passes.
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Tetons, Pinedale, Atlantic City...
You're in my neighborhood...

And it's going to get better.

Thanks for the Rockefeller Squirrel.

But have you seen the Jedi Squirrels?


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Old 09-29-2010, 08:41 AM   #401
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no pic of the bitchin camaro?
nope, sorry.
I know, I was really bummed to miss that one. That section was quad-tastic and there was so much dust I had put the camera away.
If I wasnít swamped, Iíd photoshop a funny one for you...

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Wow, i just got caught up on everything. Sorry I was gone, took a four day trip to Moab. had a wonderful time! Ill see if i can get a RR on my trip.!
Hi zeroblah! Oh, never apologize for missing stuff because you were riding (I hope) in Moab! Canít wait to hear about it

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the nice thing is that it's yours and you can report it how you want.
I got lucky on all the highway sections around the Tetons, they were all torn up and dirt for me.
Pinedale, the saloon on the right as you come into town had great food.
I've learned to not order chinese unless I can see an asian in the kitchen and no seafood more than 200 miles from the ocean.
Lucky you, with torn up roads! Yeah, we always start getting hard up and we fall for chinese food in the middle of nowhere.
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and from the looks of the pic you posted in Jackson Hole, it doesn't look like I'm inclined to return anytime soon . Too many people/tourists.
Really enjoying the ride report and can't wait until you get to the TAT portion. I want to hear your perspective of riding it two up over the passes.
Well, it was high summer. But, yeah. Packed. Wall to wall douchebags.

Regarding the passes...Iím afraid you might be disappointed - my perspective isnít very interesting. Itís just a lot of this



Thanks for the encouragement for this stupid ride report. Sorry to make you guys hold my hand.
Iím just one of those people. Iím really into something (I mean REALLY into it) until Iím sick of it and then I never want to see/do it again. Ever.
I hit that point about 2 weeks ago.
But, I'm almost half way through!



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Tetons, Pinedale, Atlantic City...
You're in my neighborhood...
And it's going to get better.
Thanks for the Rockefeller Squirrel.
But have you seen the Jedi Squirrels?


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No, I haven't! So cute - Thanks for that!
We missed Atlantic City, actually. Have you been to Farson?





Day 19: 7/25/10 Pinedale, WY to Rawlins, WY 259 miles

Last night I was going over my photos for this section.
Wow, I forgot what a fun day we had in the Great Divide Basin. It was a blast!
Almost all dirt - only a tiny bit of pavement near the towns. I have a bunch of photos.
Prepare yourselves. Hope you like blue skies and lots of dirt...
p.s. this morning, they seem a little dark. And that's why you don't edit photos late at night


Coffee and oatmeal for breakfast and then we hit the road.




Oil rig?


















Back to gatemaster duties...





Looking back the way we came.
There was a loose section back there, but I was too slow for pics...




Wide fast gravel





Saw a couple of CD bike riders, but didnít take photos.
They didnít look happy.
The woman seemed downright miserable.
Matt made the observation that every woman weíve seen on the CDT has looked pretty despondent, actually.
They always have the thousand yard stare.


Then we came across a much cheerier CD rider - Bill Wagner.
Bill is a nurse anesthetist from North Carolina and, according to my notes, his ďass hurts.Ē
Actually, Bill was riding to raise money for MIMA, a nonprofit organization that does great work in Africa and Central and South America.
You can read Billís blog and learn about MIMA here, at www.bikeformima.org











Somewhere around here was Lander Cutoff. I could have sworn that I took photos, but I donít see any now.
My journal says that it was steep and loose and we saw no signs of moto or bicycle tracks on the trail. It was a short section, though.





Hey cows. I like that little black one with the eye circle.




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Day 19 continued...











Somewhere around here, we took Elkhorn Cutoff towards Farson.





We had never heard of Farson, but while I was trying to find out more about Fleecer Ridge, I had stumbled across this great information from byways.

Being lazy, I scribbled ďFarson (ice cream)" , "little sandy, and "Elkhorn CutoffĒ on a piece of paper and handed it to Matt.
He managed to route it before we left (I knew ďice creamĒ was going to get Ďer done ).


Okay, I hate making these map screen shots, but this was a side trip worth doing.
I got a PM from some guy who wanted our tracks for MT, ID and WY (hi dave ).
Matt finally got Norm to spit 'em out and I tested them on google earth...


They're still segmented and neither one of us has been motivated enough to figure out what to do next...
Whatever. Good enough. The important info is there...





here's the same section on a google sat map.
















We had lots of two track today. Some of it was sandy, some of it was rocky.
It was all super rideable.

Hey...is this going towards Lander Cutoff? maybe they loaded out of order?










I'll probably say it again in the Nevada part of this RR (and Utah and Oregon), but I was amazed at how much better the two track felt this year.
It's so much worse when you're hurt. UN-hurt is the way to go! woo!










Mooo...
I wish there were cows in all my sign photos. They add so much!















Pronghorn butt - the first of many! We saw lots of pronghorn and elk, osprey and hawks.





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Old 09-29-2010, 10:33 AM   #403
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Again, great RR and narrative. Keep going! Make "tons of work to go" your favorite! I used that mantra last Sunday, while out for a nice leisurely ride in 12" of sugar sand. It almost worked! Right up until those meddling kids came along.

I really dig your tangential references. Ya need a very scary thought? My brain normally operates like that. It's not ADD, it's scattered thoughts syndrome. Scary thought part deux? I learned this thousand yard stare from my Dad. He goes into it whilst eating dinner and I do it myself to this day.

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Hey cows. I like that little black one with the eye circle.

I was raised in cheeecawgo, so I might be wrong on the following. Could we get us a wrangler or cowpoke to mosey on over and straighten us out?

Cattle


Cows


Mooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cow!
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Mooo...
I wish there were cows in all my sign photos. They add so much!






I think her ear ring says, "Heinz 57"?

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Make "tons of work to go" your favorite!

Cattle


Cows

Hi never mind! Glad you're enjoying the RR. Yeah, I'm trying to "Make weeks-wasted-in-front-of-the-computer-editing-photos-and-rehashing-the-ride my favorite"!

Oh? I thought that "cows" are the ladies with the milk and "cattle" refers to everybody, as a group. But I don't care and just call them all cows. The calves are "baby cows." Or "little dudes."
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