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Uphill and Against the Wind - TransAm E-W
By Dave T

Day 58: Moran Jct KOA to Jackson - Teton National Park

Sunday July 13, 1986, 50 miles (80 km) - Total so far: 2,988 miles (4,809 km)

Teton National Park

The night was again cold, under 30 degrees. I climbed out of the tent pretty early and found frost on my bike. I took a 15 minute shower to thaw out before heading out. Most of the BC gang was also up, as everyone was excited to get into the Teton National Park today.

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Early morning at the East entrance to Teton National Park

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Awesome views!

I headed out on my own initially and rode slow until Rich, Sheryl caught up. I was taking my time just looking at the scenery. Riding was easy mostly downhill into the National Park with no wind to speak of. The morning weather was little cold but the sun came out and warmed things up by 8am. I rode with Rich and Sheryl most of the morning, we took out time stopping just too take in the views and some pictures. I got some great shots of me with the Tetons in the background. It was great to ride with Rich and Sheryl for a change, as I haven't for a long time because of their pace.

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The signature picture

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Action shot

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Enough pictures already... hey, where you going?

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Rich and Sheryl up ahead

Finally the rest of the gang showed up and we headed to Signal Mountain area and ate breakfast at the lodge restaurant. The restaurant had some big windows with awesome views of the Teton Mountains. I had some big huge Belgian waffles covered with jelly, syrup and whipped cream. We all departed south toward Jackson on the Jenny Lake Loop.

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I stopped many times with Fred and Gene to take pictures while on the Jenny Lake Loop. The road goes right up to the mountains for some impressive views. The Teton Mountains just rise up out of the ground and go straight up, I've never seen anything like it. The low lying area to the east is called Jackson Hole. We all arrived in Jackson about 1pm and headed to a campground just out of town.

Jackson is a neat little town like Breckenridge only larger. After getting camp setup Clay, Diane, Fred and I went into town to check things out. We stopped in at the Cowboy Bar and had something to eat a few cold ones. You sit at the bar in saddles, we all sat there joking about the them. Fred was the funniest sitting there and Clay zeroed on him for the target of harassment. All Fred needed was a cowboy hat and he was all set. Also in the bar, the actual bar itself are about 2,000 1921 silver dollars. They are all inset in the bar in a circle pattern. Jackson was also the setting for the Clint Eastwood movie "Any Which Way You Can".

Tomorrow do some laundry, sightseeing and hanging out in town.

[Author's Note:] - The Teton National Park is AWESOME. This is another day I remember like it was yesterday. Great riding, great scenery, and a great time with friends. More awesome pictures tomorrow.~


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