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34 Days Through the Western United States and Canada
34 Days Through the Western United States and Canada
13,000 Miles Beyond Incredible
Published by Helmetdance
07-20-2006
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Day 31 – Monday August 29th
Reed Point, Montana to Rock Springs, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons National Park, Jackson Hole Wyoming


There never seems to be enough vacation to do everything you would like to do, and I would love to stay with my friends here in Montana for another week, but sooner or later I do have to get back to work. I’m already pushing it, because I told my boss I would be back to work this Thursday and I’ve been wanting to go back to Red Mountain Pass in Colorado on the way home ever since Seth and I passed through there on Day 4 of the trip. So I set my sights for Ouray, Colorado and plan to be there by tomorrow afternoon. As luck would have it, the quickest way to Ouray from Reed Point, Montana is to head straight back through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. I head back west on I-90 to Livingston where I take a southerly heading on Highway 89.

Yellowstone River from vista point north of Miner, Montana



Yellowstone River from vista point north of Miner, Montana



I don’t intend to spend much time in sightseeing in Yellowstone today but have reserved a little time for a few pictures along the way. Mammoth Hot Springs is one feature of Yellowstone I have not yet seen.

Steamy Mammoth Hot Springs



Mammoth Hot Springs – a step into the surreal



The water from the springs is hot enough to scald



Yellowstone’s Golden Gate Canyon was named in 1883 or 1884 at the time the first stagecoach road was built through it. Here, an interesting bridge deck curves around the sheer face of the cliffs. The original bridge was built in 1885 of wood. The first concrete bridge was built in 1901, widened in 1934, and totally rebuilt in 1977.

Mountainous and twisty stretch through “Golden Gate” south of Mammoth Village



Concrete bridge at Golden Gate



Steep incline roadway cutting through Golden Gate



Hot Spring at West Thumb Geyser Basin



Lewis Falls



Lewis Falls



This spot on Highway 89 overlooking the Lewis River is one of my favorite places in Yellowstone.

Lewis River



Lewis River



Exiting Yellowstone National Park by the south gate, I make one last pass through the Grand Tetons.

South Teton



South Teton, Middle Teton, Grand Teton, Mount Owen, and Teewinot form a picturesque backdrop for this ranch



Grand Teton, Mount Owen, and Teewinot, together form the “Cathedral Group.”

The Cathedral Group rises behind a peaceful ranch setting



I stop in Jackson Hole for something to eat. Being on the road for over thirty days can tend to isolate a person somewhat from current events. It’s now about 5:30 pm. As I wait for the burger I just ordered, the big screen TV is broadcasting news of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in New Orleans over ten hours ago. Though Katrina has been a cause of alarm for over a week, this is the first news I hear of Katrina. Although several attempts to call close friends about 120 miles north of New Orleans fail, I later find that their area was spared any major damage.

Each of the four corners of Jackson Hole’s town square are adorned with gates fashioned from elk antlers


The final leg of today’s journey takes me through southwestern Wyoming into the town of Rock Springs. I check into the Best Western Outlaw Inn, looking forward to my last day in the Western US before heading back home.


End of Day 31
Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming
GPS Mileage = 11157
Today’s Mileage = 456


Route: Day 31


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  #1  
By Chocoholic on 07-21-2006, 09:20 PM
Re: 34 Days Through the Western United States and Canada

great story and trip...thanks for sharing it with us. Give me more chill wanting to go cross country......
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By G8ESCAP on 07-22-2006, 06:48 AM
Re: 34 Days Through the Western United States and Canada

What a great job you did putting all this together Mark, and I'm only on page 12 so far! Has to be the finest post on the forum. Well worth the wait! Makes me want to get on my bike and go, if only it wasn't going to be 110 degrees here today!
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By goldwinghen3 on 07-23-2006, 04:58 PM
Re: 34 Days Through the Western United States and Canada

THAT was one incredible ride...Your pictures are fabulous !!!! it took me 6 hours to read and look at your trip....You should publish this with some one...That has got to be the most amazing picture story around...I can't imagine how long it took you to publish this on here...How did you remember all of the names of the pictures and you amaze me that your spelling wasso good.......I am going to read it again when I have more time,,,I loved it !!! Isn't the Western U.S. GORGEOUS ??!!!!!!!!.......If you are ever in California again...look me up.....Thanx for the wonderful trip !!!!!....Henry
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By Helmetdance on 07-24-2006, 03:19 PM
Re: 34 Days Through the Western United States and Canada

Fenny - That's great that you have been inspired to do some long-distance touring by reading my story. Even if you don't do that right away, you are lucky to live in the land of the best motorcycle roads in the world.

Dale - Thanks for the kind words. Still working some bugs out of it with Gary's help, but its nice to have it up on the board where the Pashnit gang can finally read it.

Henry - Thanks for the compliments. My intention is to eventually condense this down into a book. I didn't keep track of the hours, but there were many all-day as well as all-night sessions. There are a lot of hours wrapped up in this piece. Remember the names? If only I could do that, the amount of work would have been a fraction. I identified the names from maps, info on the internet, google earth, and lots and lots of internet searching. Tagging the pics with names required a whole lotta searching.
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By JimmieS on 07-24-2006, 07:55 PM
Re: 34 Days Through the Western United States and Canada

Mark,

Truly a spectacular way to spend 30 + days and nights. You have seen the best of the best with the best of the best out there, and I have to give huge Kudos to you for the execution of this most amazing trip, and the all out perfect photo essay to accompany it. I can't imagine what it was like for you to take on such a huge ride, and still be able to communicate your daily excitement a year later. Well done. Well done indeed.

As I mentioned on another forum to you my wife and I just completed our 30 day circumnavigation of the US, and I am just beginning to put that story together to share here on Pashnit. I'm humbled by your style and class. Next time your in Ca. you had best remember to include me in your ride plans along with DaleC and Dorian - (man am I irritated with those two for not letting me in on the time they spent with you....)

Great job!
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By gpickren on 07-25-2006, 09:57 AM
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Fabulous ride pics and commentary, Mark. We live in So. Cal and as soon as we are able my wife and I will ride most of your route. Omitting the Kansas and eastern Colorado part I think.

We have been unable to travel for a long time do to caring for her 94 year old father, but when his race is finished we will plan to go. Thanks for the inspiration.
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By Michael Bishop on 08-06-2006, 07:14 AM
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Mark you did a great job giving a us a taste of your experience. I have been waiting for this from the time I read you was doing the trip.
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By harryvbr on 08-13-2006, 10:40 AM
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Great trip! I enjoyed the beautifull pictures. I was so lucky in 2002 to make almost the same trip by Goldwing. That Goldwing I could rent at Everett Motorsports.
Every now and than I look at the pictures I took.

Harry Vanbruggen
the Netherlands
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By bangladave on 08-13-2006, 11:04 AM
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Mark, GREAT POST I have followed Pashnit for that last couple of years and your story is truly a great one. I have been looking at some of the same areas to ride through one day soon. We would be heading there from Minnesota so we need some extended time to do it. Keep following you dreams.

Dave
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