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

Day 57: Dubois to Moran Jct. KOA - Togwotee Pass and the Tetons

Saturday July 12, 1986, 51 miles (82 km) - Total so far: 2,938 miles (4,728 km)

Togwotee Pass 9,658' - Continental Divide

The night was damn cold, 27 degrees as I found out in the café. I got up early to try once again to beat the winds. Everyone else was up early and we all ate together for a change. I guess everyone was worried about the climb over Togwotee Pass.

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On the climb up to 9,658' and Togwotee Pass

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As we all departed the winds seemed pretty light, probably because we were finally in the trees again. The route traveled all up for 31 miles to the top of the pass. Togwotee Pass is the second highest pass on the Trans America Trail at 9,658'. Climbing was pretty easy except for the last 5 miles. The weather was a perfect sunny 30 degrees as we climbed to the pass. I wore just about every article of clothing I was carrying to stay warm. At the top of the pass we all took a break and enjoyed the views and the success of the climb.

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Diane's bike leaning on the sign.... where is Diane? She always made herself invisible when the camera came out. Hey, what's the deal with that fancy seat cover? Can I use that pot for a helmet so I don't get any more lectures?

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At the pass taking in the scenery

Departing the pass it was all downhill to the Moran Junction KOA. We all sped along at a pretty good clip because of the downhill grade and lack on any real headwind. We stopped at Togwotee Lodge for lunch and met up with the Eastbound BC group. It was pretty neat to meet another BC group and see what they look like and hear their stories. I think they are going the wrong way, as I would not want to be looking forward to Kansas, and Kentucky.

Continuing west to Moran Junction the Teton Range has come into full view. What a spectacular view while riding towards them. I'd rank this the best scenery of the trip so far.

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The Tetons come into view for the first time... Awesome!

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WOW!

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Clay and Diane trying to get away.... Don't worry, I'll pass you shortly.

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Tonight's accommodations are at the KOA. The place was loud with too many little brat kids running around. I don't really care for kids. After dinner we all sat around drinking Henry Weinhard's beer and looking at the Tetons. Awesome day on the TA!

[Author's Note:] - This was one of my favorite riding days on the journey. The scenery was amazing, and it still gives me chills thinking about the moment the Tetons first came into view. The next few days the pictures are unbelievable. ~~


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