It’s two months since our ride in the Swiss alps and we are craving more time in the mountains. Last minute plans saw us on the bike and heading for the Australian high country for an early Spring ride.
When Deb initially mentioned the weekend to me she suggested we take the bike. Okay, she had me at bike…. so we decided to make it into a long long weekend by taking Friday and Monday off and do a bit of exploring.
Before handing the bike back I had planned on doing an IBA ride in the US. However, after discovering that Pikes Peak (America’s Mountain) was so close the opportunity to ride up Pikes Peak was just too great. And what a fantastic ride and an amazing mountain. Certainly one of the many highlights from the trip.
Today was our last day on our Eaglerider Canada Yellowstone tour. Two weeks of great riding, great scenery and meeting new friends. But it wasn’t over yet. Today we spent time in Rocky Mountain NP which was sensational before we rode into Denver where our tour finishes.
Today was also another three State day – Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado, consisting of lots of open roads with long flats and rolling hills with low sage bush. A highlight today was Flaming gorge in Utah, before pulling into Steamboat Springs.
Today we had breakfast in Wyoming, coffee in Idaho, lunch in Utah, and dinner back in Wyoming.
It was nice to get on the road before it got hot today and get some miles under our belts. Today was very much about covering miles and we used a combination of high speed freeways with 80 mph speed limits and slower secondary roads that followed rivers or through open farmland.
The scenery leaving Cody today was dramatic and such a contrast to where we have been. Today our Eaglerider tour takes us through Yellowstone NP and we really only have time to scratch the surface, before teh Grand Tetons and onto Jackson Hole.
Today we only really had one activity pre-planned and that was a rafting trip down the Shoshone river on the edge of Cody in the morning. After that we just chilled and took in the Buffalo Bill Museum and wandered the streets of Cody.
Don’t you hate that feeling when it all goes to custard and all you can do is slide and watch it unfold. Today we were bitten by Beartooth Pass as we found the limit of the big Harley’s ground clearance.
Luckily we were able to pick the bike up and continue. Tomorrow is a day off in Cody which is good timing as Deb is a bit sore from our slide.
Another longer day with temps over 100F taking in Butte Montana and paying homage to Evil Knieval, open farmland, and the cool old westen Virgina City. Today’s destination is Red Lodge Montana.