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Day 9 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Ogden to Jackson 235 Miles)

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Day 9 Ride Map Ogden to Jackson 235 Miles

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Leaving Ogden

Today is day 9 of my 5000+ mile, 17 day motorcycle ride…  Larry T., Larry A. and myself are together for the past 8 days seeing some of the most scenic parts of the western US. On day 5 we turned onto US-89 just north of Prescott, AZ. Today we continue riding up US-89 leaving Utah behind, catching the southwest corner of Idaho as we ride to Jackson, WY. This part of the ride is more virgin territory for me.

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Heading to Logan

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Riding down US-89 to Logan, UT

Today is another beautiful riding day, cool with beautiful blue skies and few clouds. The ride up US-89 north is a scenic ride through more picturesque Mormon farm and ranch country. The further north we rode the more mountainous the scenery became.

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Early cool morning riding down US-89

Riding out of Ogden we headed north up I-15 20 miles to US 91. From I-15 we did get a brief view of the Great Salt Lake. A short ride down US 91 we picked up and continued our ride north on US-89.This section of US-89 is scenic rolling hills.  The road is wide and is an easy ride, with mountains in front of us.

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Riding down US-89 into mountains near Logan, UT

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Riding along Logan River on US-89

We rode into Logan; Logan has an old-fashioned downtown and a beautiful old Mormon church. Instead of a courthouse or town square, Mormon churches are a common sight in this part of the country.  Leaving Logan, we are riding in the mountains with a lot of nice curves and scenery. I love running rivers. Logan River parallels US-89 for most of our ride through the mountains. At a pullout we stopped to stretch our legs and take a few pictures. At Brush Canyon, Logan River turns north where Brush Creek flows into it. Brush Creek then parallels US-89 to SH-243.

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Rest Stop on US-89 heading to Bear Lake

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Bear Lake from Logan Canyon Summit

At Logan Canyon Summit, there is a panoramic view of Bear Lake, a beautiful natural freshwater lake, on the Utah-Idaho border. A few miles from Garden City we pulled over to take pictures of the panoramic views of Bear Lake and Garden City below.

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Bear Lake & Garden City

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Riding into Garden City, UT

At Garden City, US-89 turns north and follows the scenic shoreline of Bear Lake.  Not long after riding into Idaho, we leave Bear Lake behind in our rear-view mirrors as we continue 90 miles up US-89 to Palisades Reservoir. The lay of the land from Garden City changes from mountainous to hilly plains with quaint small towns, scenic farm and ranch lands along the route. This is an amazingly scenic route. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but being here, seeing it from the seat of my motorcycle, is worth millions…

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Old Church? on US-89 between Garden City & Afton

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World’s Largest Elk Horn Arch in Afton, UT

Riding into Afton, WY we are welcomed by “The World’s Largest Elk Horn Arch”. The arch spans 75-feet across US-89 at a height of 18-feet and has over 3,000 elk antlers and weighs more than 15-tons. We stopped for gas, stretched our legs a bit and took pictures of another picturesque small town founded by Mormons.

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US-89 between Afton, WY & Alpine, WY

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Palisades Reservoir Alpine, WY

Continuing north, US-89 parallels the Idaho-Wyoming border as it meanders through the valley to Alpine, WY. More scenic small towns, farms and ranches are all along our route. At Alpine we cross the Snake River (of Evil Knievel fame) and head northeast on US-89. US-89 parallels the Snake River as it winds through the majestic Teton Mountain Range to just south of South Park, WY. There are nice views of the Snake River’s emerald green water rushing over the rugged terrain and occasionally rafters enjoying their trip down the river.

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Riding across Palisades Reservoir/ Snake River

Today has been the coolest day (low 80’s) riding so far. It is a welcome break from the triple digits days that we have ridden in.

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Riding US-89 by Snake River heading to Jackson, WY

After arriving in Jackson, our home away from home for the night, we checked-in with Larry C., my old Air Force and riding buddy. Yes, another Larry. Larry wanted to come on this ride but it conflicted with other travel plans he had made. Larry and his wife, Jo, are traveling by car with another couple Larry S. (yes, another Larry. That’s 4 if you counted correctly) and his wife Janet. It happened that our trips crossed paths here in Jackson, so we are meeting for dinner tonight to swap lies and catchup on old times. We met at Bubba’s BBQ, a midway point, for a good meal and great visit. We decided to meet tomorrow and ride/drive to “The Most Photographed Barn in America” to visit and take pictures before heading our separate ways.  It was a great end to a great day’s riding…

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Riding US-89: Rafters on Snake River

Tomorrow we continue our ride up US-89 to Gardiner, MT via “The Most Photographed Barn in America”, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks. Come follow along and enjoy the ride over the next 8 days… I hope we see you down the road somewhere. Ride safe…

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I hope we see you down the road somewhere… Ride safe…

Day 5 National Park Motorcycle Ride: Grand Teton & Yellowstone

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Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks

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Heading to Grand Teton National Park from Pinedale, WY

Today is day 5 of our national park motorcycle ride. Over the course of 16 days we will ride some of the best national parks, historic sites and national monuments in the U.S. and Canada (Pikes Peak National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, Little Bighorn National Historic Site, Devils Tower National Monument and Mount Rushmore National Memorial). Come follow along as we ride one of our dream rides on our bucket list.

Today we are headed to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national Parks. We rode from Pinedale, WY to Gardiner, MT via Grand Teton and the west side of Yellowstone National Parks. Todays ride is a leisurely 230 miles so we can take in all the majesty of these two grand national parks. Its been 41 years since I’ve been here. It seems like yesterday. I wish I had gotten back sooner.

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Riding into the clouds heading to Grand Teton National Park

We rode Hwy 89 north to Teton Park Road. The ride through Grand Teton was nice with views of pristine lakes, and alpine terrain on our left and to the right are grass-covered rolling plains land. In Grand Teton National Park you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or just enjoy the serenity as you ride or drive through this remarkable place. We only had time to take pictures and memories as we rode through Grand Teton National Park.

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Grand Teton National Park

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Signal Mountain Lodge on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park

We rode the west side of Yellowstone National Park to our destination for today. Tomorrow we will spend the day in Yellowstone. There are so many places to stop and see in Yellowstone you need as much time as possible. Today we stopped at “Old Faithful” Geyser. I told Larry we would probably get there just after the last eruption… You guessed it. We had to walk through hundreds of onlookers leaving the last eruption. We just missed it… So we took our time exploring the grounds until the next eruption. The average interval in 1939 between eruptions was 66.5 minutes. The average interval today is 90 minutes. Eruptions can shoot 3,700 to 8,400 US gallons (14,000 to 32,000 Liters ) of boiling water to a height of 106 to 185 feet (32 to 56 meters) that last from 1.5 to 5 minutes. As you would expect “Old Faithful” did put on a good show . I hope it is not another 41 years before I get back to see the next one.

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Entering west side of Yellowstone National Park

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Riding west side of Yellowstone National Park

It was getting late in the evening so we rode on to Gardiner, Montana for the night. As we rode I was making mental notes about what we should stop and have a closer look at when we returned tomorrow. Tomorrow we will spend the day riding the figure eight in Yellowstone, stopping to see as many sights as we can.

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Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

Traffic was a bit heavy riding to Gardiner. There were a lot of slower moving RV’s traveling through the park that didn’t take advantage of the “pullovers” to allow faster moving traffic by. I guess I should have expected the traffic since it is July and probably the peak season  for visitors.

The ride into Gardiner was very scenic where Highway 89 parallels the river. The water in the river was running so fast we could hear the rapids as we were riding by! Beautiful scenery and sounds.

Gardiner was a small western town with quaint storefronts surrounded by snow-capped mountains, green valleys, and abundant wildlife. The local folks were very friendly. We enjoyed our two night stay here.

There were Elk walking the streets of Gardiner! They were everywhere. Not only did you have to watch for pedestrians in the cross-walks but Elk that would step-out from anywhere into the street! I was wondering why many of the houses there had very high fences… but after seeing all the Elk I didn’t wonder any more…

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Elk in Gardiner Montana

Today was another great riding day. My only regret is not having our other riding buddies along. I really miss Janet and that she is missing all the beautiful sights…  especially the Elk roaming around town. I will be back with Janet for sure. Until then Janet will have to be content with pictures and my stories…

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Update: June 28, 2013 Here is a video of the day…

See you tomorrow when we ride more of Yellowstone.  I hope we see you down the road somewhere. Ride safe…

This has been one amazing ride for Larry and me. Check out the other post from this ride using the links below…

National Park Motorcycle Ride – 5542 Miles in 16 Days 2013
Day 1 & 2 National Park Ride -Getting There
Day 3 National Park Ride – Dalhart, TX to Georgetown, CO
Day 4 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Georgetown, CO to Pinedale, WY
Day 6 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Yellowstone National Park
Day 7 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Gardiner to Kalispell
Day 8 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Glacier National Park
Day 9 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Troy, MT to Golden, AB Canada
Day 10 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Banff National Park Canada
Day 11 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Lethridge, AB to Billings, MT
Day 12 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Little Bighorn Battleground
Day 13 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Devils Tower National Monument
Day 14 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Mount Rushmore