November 21, 2015
Waking up in Rawlins we were able to take our time with only a 5 hour ride ahead of us. Looking out of the room window we saw deer that had set up a little camp by the bike, eating some greens while wandering slowly around the field. When they’re not jumping out at you they’re really quite beautiful.
We headed out and were so excited to see Jackson Hole. As a skiers mecca it’s something we’ve been wanting to see for some time. Instead of heading any further on the 80 we chose a route north on the Hwy 287 to the 26 and we weren’t disappointed at all. The road was long and straight (until the parks) but the landscape was like nothing we’d ever seen. It was completely martian with massive square slabs of rock on one side of the road and rolling tree-topped hills. The colours moved from bright red rock, to golden fields, to bluffs with so many layers of colour it was hard to fathom how they’d formed.
We were mostly alone on the road with the occasional car passing in the other direction. It felt amazing to be alone in this wonderful world – in someways it felt like a desert – hot, barren and incredibly beautiful even in it’s harshness.
After a good 200+ miles we ran into Fort Waskakie and passed by Sakajewea’s gravesite located on the Wind River Reserve. Then next two towns of Lander and Dubois were great – lovely buildings and a warm small town feel. Next time around we’ll definitely stay in one of these.
Out onto Hwy 26 we passed through Shoshone National Forest and into Grand Teton National Park. The crown of the Grand Teton was visible in the distance and the beauty of the parks was simply breathtaking. We were in love with Wyoming.
About halfway into the park the beautiful road gave way to construction which offered only broken asphalt and dirt roads for some miles. It was my first chance to have some fun on larger bumps, gravel and mud – since the crew decided to water it all down :) The bike was a champ even at low speeds. Just before Teton Village the GPS had us turn down a long twisting 25 MPH road that was also bumps and gravel – I’m beginning to really enjoy those moments :)
As we pulled into Jackson Hole we saw our home for the next few days – Snake River Lodge and Resort. The area was *so* visually rich and the lodge was epic – perfect for the first break we’d had in 10 days of riding. When we asked where to park the bell hop told us that we could use the special bike parking which has the beastie just to the right of the grand entrance in a spot made for one. Just perfect!
We spent the night relaxing with a drink, watching Pulp Fiction and chatting with Ben, our bartender and Lou, an ex-marine & plane mechanic who was in town to work on some jets. Just a great night all around. Maybe too great – the free pours had us giggling back at the room about all kinds of things we couldn’t remember in the morning :)
What a great start to two days off.