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

Day 60: Jackson to Colter Bay - Hidden Falls

Tuesday July 15, 1986, 42 miles (68 km) - Total so far: 3,030 miles (4,876 km)

The morning was cold but the sun warmed things up in a quickly. I was in no hurry as Colter Bay is only about 40 miles away. Gene and I took our time eating and savoring the last minutes in Jackson. The ride North out of Jackson is all uphill out of Jackson Hole. I rode the Jenny Lake loop again to see the Tetons up close one more time. There was no traffic on the Jenny Lake loop, and good thing because I was going the wrong way on a one way road. The loop did have a nice shoulder and the speed limit was only 35 so it really wouldn't have been a problem.

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I stopped many times just to take in the views. At Jenny Lake I took my time goofing around and then decided to take a 6 mile hike up to hidden falls. The hike went around Jenny Lake then up into the Teton Mountains. At the falls there was a group doing mountaineering training, and I listened in for a while. Someone also said a bear was in the area, so I was careful returning on the trail. Once back at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station I took a few pictures and sat around for awhile before departing for Colter Bay.

I rode on up to Colter Bay just as a huge storm was blowing in. Gene waved me down and offered to let me sleep in the cabin he rented. The cabin was huge with 2 beds and a nice view. I took him up on the offer and pulled my bike right in. After getting cleaned up Gene and I headed to the lodge bar to watch the storm on the mountains. We sat at the bar and Gene drank his usual Jack Daniels Black, and somehow I got talked into sipping Yukon Jack.

The storm blew through pretty fast and then the sun partly returned for a nice evening. The rest of the BC gang took up residence at the campground near by. Gene and I ate in the lodge dinning room and we didn't see the rest of the gang anywhere. After dinner I sat on the porch at the cabin talking with Gene and taking in the views. I walked around a little around 10pm and the night was cold.

Tomorrow is going to be a big day into Yellowstone and old faithful area, about 70 miles. The route will be over Craig's Pass at 8261 and 2 other Continental Divide Passes. I'd like to get rolling early before all the RV idiots are on the road.

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Lisa and Me at Hidden Falls a couple years ago

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