The cycling continues after the Yellowstone Loop, on a section of Adventure Cycling America's Trans America Trail. This part of ride will have SAG support in Pat Gleason van.
First, we'll take a rest day in Jackson before we head north to Moran, turning west and then south for a 450 mile ride to Denver. There'll be eight riding days and two more rest days included in the schedule: this won't be an easy ride, given the altitude and climbing in the early stages, the isolation and the possibility of headwinds.
The final destination is Granby in Colorado (east of Kremmling on the second map below), on the approach to the Front Range of the Rockies, west of Denver. We're hoping to provide an alternative to a final climb over 11,315' high Berthoud pass by means of a vehicle pre-positioned at Tabernash, at the foot of the pass. Otherwise, non-cycling options are Amtrak and/or the public shuttle to Denver International Airport.
Other's Experiences: Blogs and Lots of Photo's
Walden to Grand Teton NP
Start at Day 61 and read sequentially.
This is a rather dated (1998) account and in the reverse direction BUT it does cover all the ground we intend to cover in 2014.
The author, Neil Gunton, is the prime mover behind the Crazy Guy on a Bike compilation of cycling blogs, which have proved a source of inspiration and practical advice for hundreds of long-distance cycling tourists (including Bruce Day and Bob Schofield).
Colter Bay to Walden
Days 21 to 26 are relevant; 2010 vintage and riding from north to south.
Another south to north odyssey
A ride in 2012, another north-south rider who complains about the headwind. Could this augur well for our 2014 southbound ride .....?
The story is broken into State components, so 'Wyoming' is a good place to start. Good pictorial exposition of the w..i..d..e.. open spaces in the back country. This is one of my favourites:
For more journals about the area we plan to ride across, clink here and check out the
Wyoming counties of Teton, Fremont and Carbon.
2) DETAILED MAPPING
This is the interactive ride outline and the full benefit of this mapping can be gained by simply clicking on 'View Full Route' in the upper LH corner of the map screen.
Individual daily maps are on Ride with GPS via the links shown below, which also contain printable cue sheets and elevation profiles.
In addition, Bruce Day has kindly prepared Delorme profiles, which we both feel provide a more accurate indication of the ups and downs encountered each day:
Day/Date Distance Destination
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 40 miles Hatchet Resort Moran: Map
Bruce's Delorme profile:
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 47 Dubois Map
Thursday, 18 September 2014 74 Lander Map
Saturday, 20 September 2014 59 Jeffrey City Map
Sunday, 21 September 2014 67 Rawlins Map
Monday, 22 September 2014 41 Saratoga Map
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 67 Walden Map
Thursday, 25 September 2014 57 Granby Amtrak Map
15 additional miles to Winter Park for public shuttle etc