Wild Wild West

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by freefallen, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. CurDog

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    I have to say, you are definitely making the most of this trip. Riding cross country, visiting national parks, photo shoots, backpacking, including your son, then a friend... it sure seems like you are getting your money's worth.

    Beautiful pictures. After the first couple of posts I knew this was going to be good due to the quality of your shots. I really liked the pictures in Antelope Canyon. You obviously thought those shots out in advance. Thanks for taking the time to share them with us.

    You mentioned in post #20...
    "By the way I built my itinerary going by what time I need to be in what park with regards to my photography. If anyone is interested, I can share my information."
    If it is not too much trouble I would love to hear/see your planning.

    Have a safe rest of the trip!

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  2. freefallen

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  3. freefallen

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    On the way to our next camp we meet up with some campers who warned us to stick together as there were bear sightings in the area. Actually there are much more bears here than in Yellowstone.

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    My trekking poles. Like new. So far. What happened next, I'll tell you in a moment:

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    Last night wasn't without incident either. At around 3 am I heard an uninvited guest rustling between our tents. I can clearly hear metal banging together. Our cookware? All our food and smelly items were stored in bear canisters and stored 200 ft away from our tents. I grasped my knife and didn't move a muscle. How would it help I thought to myself when bodies have been found with empty ammo clips next to them.

    Here is the aftermath of our early morning visitor:

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    I don't know if it was a bear or deer, which there are also a lot of, but my cork handles on my hiking poles were eaten. I couldn't find any tracks as the ground was hard.
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  4. orbiker

    orbiker Been here awhile

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    Nice pics in the backcountry.
    With all the snow around, are the mosquitoes bad? Or is it cool enough that they are not coming out.

    Re guarding the poles: I'll bet it was a deer. I had some deer in camp, a few weeks ago that liked the salt from where we peed.

    Keep the pics and report coming, KEN
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  5. freefallen

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    nope, not a deer. I witnessed it later on. stay tuned, I'll show you soon.

    Mosquitoes were eaten us alive. we had a lot of repellents but they stop working as soon as we start sweating.

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  6. StephenB865

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    Been lurking for a while but now your are in Yellowstone and the Tetons you have my full attention.

    Can't wait to see what ate your poles!

    Great photos all the way along your route.
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  7. NSFW

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    great stuff.
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    We saw a lot of marmots:

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    Maybe they chewed through our stuff looking for salt left from our sweat?


    Next morning:

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    Another marmot:

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    Cooling down:

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  9. freefallen

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    Now we know who ate our poles and there is more to share. On my way home I've planned more interesting places to explore.
    And I haven't done with Teton Park yet.


    Looks and feels like spring:

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    Shooting wildlife:

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    A young moose:

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    Early in the morning, warming up:

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    Yet another marmot:

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    At the next campsite my friend stuck his poles deep into the ground. The next morning he found them on the ground and chewed up. His boots, which were left in the tent corridor, suffered the same fate.

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    While sitting on a log and writing this lines at 7am, our late night visitor returned for more.

    Look at my innocent eyes, couldn't be me :shog:

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    We came to the conclusion that it was a porcupine.

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  10. freefallen

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    The park was incredible, very beautiful and diverse. I won't spend too much time on the park as this story is more about my cross country trip. Just some more photos from this place.

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    Early in the morning. So quiet...


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    The water is as cold as it could be, any colder and it would be ice. This is the result of the snow melting that is still lying in large chunks on the hilltops.

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    I couldn't go in deeper than my knees and after a few minutes my legs started to go numb. My son was braver than me.

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    One more day of backpacking in Grand Teton, WY and I move on to my next destinations.

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    Athlas - cursed to support the heavens:

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  12. freefallen

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    Our campsite. Must be a previous camper:

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  13. freefallen

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    We did it! Five days out of civilization.

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    Ground squirrel:

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    A little entertainment:

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    Bison herd:

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    Last look at Jenny Lake:

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  14. pyrate

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    Careful w/ the little fuzzy guys. A friend of mine was feeding one, got bit and had to have a nice series of shots when he returned home. :eek1
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  15. freefallen

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    pyrate: once my son did the same tricks with an iguana and now playing with the snakes at home:huh
    looks like he's enjoying it and knows what he's doing but nevertheless I agree wild animals are wild animals.
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    Last hours in the park:

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    Sunrise over Jenny Lake:

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    The last stop and look around after I just left Grand Teton Park. I really don't want to or am ready to go home yet.
    Well, after backpacking for 5 days and hiking about 8 miles that morning back to the trail-head where we started, I had to ride over 500 miles to my next destination - South Dakota.

    Leaving Grand Teton Park and ready to continue my journey:

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  17. allanmac

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    fantastic photography really enjoying your ride report.:clap

    Cheers Allan
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  18. freefallen

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    thank you, sir!
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  19. freefallen

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    Eaaaaaast!!! Going home.

    Actually not exactly straight home, but in the right direction. I still want to make the following stops:

    • Sturgis, SD - the bikers Mecca
    • Big Horn - an outdoor paradise filled with recreational opportunities
    • Black Hills - an oasis of pine-clad mountains on the Great Plains
    • Mt. Rushmore - epic sculpture features the faces of four exalted American presidents
    • Bad Lands - one of the world's richest fossil beds
    • Minuteman Missile Museum - Cold War-era sites, a launch control center and a missile launch facility
    I love Montana, very bike friendly state:

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    I took a different route back so as not to experience the monotony of RT-70 again. The winds haven’t changed at all, they are blowing in the same northern direction. So when I was going west, I was pushed to my right, now to keep the balance I’m being pushed to my left.
    :hair

    South Dakota, SD: Nice Faces. Nice Places.
    Very pleasant state.

    A few notes:

    While camping at a high elevation the temperature dropped to 36F and there was no hot water. It was even impossible to shave. In the morning I washed up with freezing water while I could see my breath. A hot shower costs $2 for 6 minutes.

    The further east and riding under the scorching sun the more I wanted to stop by a restroom and splash cold water on my face. To my amazement the water was hot, I would even say burning, grrrr...:becca

    Friday morning we returned from our hike very tired and famished like bears after hibernation. I still had a 500 mile ride ahead of me to Mt. Rushmore that day.
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  20. orbiker

    orbiker Been here awhile

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    In the black Hills area; there is the most fabulous road and many people don't check it out.
    Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

    Do 16 A.

    Not mine, but you get the idea.
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