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Day 10 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Jackson to Gardiner 203 Miles)

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Day 10 Ride Map Jackson to Gardiner

Today is day 10 of my 5000+ mile, 17 day motorcycle ride…  Larry T., Larry A. and myself have ridden together for 9 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 to Gardiner, MT via “The Most Photographed Barn in America”, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

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Riding to Most Photographed Barn in America

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Most Photographed Barn in America

Yesterday we met up 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. We will ride/drive to “The Most Photographed Barn in America” to visit more and take pictures before heading our separate ways.  We will continue riding north on US-89 and they will be driving south on their way home to Alabama.

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Larry, Larry, Larry, Larry and… me

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Most Photographed Barn in America Grand Teton’s

This morning is another beautiful riding day, a bit cooler than past days with partly cloudy skies. “The Most Photographed Barn in America” is located along with other popular photographed barns and other old buildings on Mormon Row. The barn with the Teton Mountain Range as the background has made it a symbol of the Jackson Hole Area.

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Log Cabin on Mormon Row

To get to the barn take US-89 north from the Jackson town square for 13.5 miles. Turn right onto Antelope Flats Rd and ride 1.7 miles to Mormon Row intersection. The barn is to the left down a dirt road. We parked at the intersection and walked, a short distance, to the barn. To get to the other barn turn right at the intersection and ride 0.3 miles to the barn on the right. Across the road is a parking area.

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Log Barn on Mormon Row

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Log cabin on Mormon Row

We spent time taking pictures and visiting. It was a bit overcast, I was hoping for more sunlight so the Teton Mountains would make a better background for our pictures. “The Most Photographed Barn in America” is all I have read and seen in pictures. If in the area it is a must stop even if you don’t take Photos…

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View from Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park

It was good seeing Larry C. and Jo again. We said our good-byes before heading our separate ways. Larry T, Larry A. and I rode on to the Grand Teton National Park visitor center. We got our entrance passes and checked out the park information and the displays. We rode up this way 2 years ago and now we are back. The scenery can’t be beat and is indescribable, pictures are worth a thousand words but seeing it from the seat of a motorcycle is worth a million words. We made just a few stops, while riding thru the Grand Teton’s, to stretch our legs, grab a snack and to re-hydrate. One of our stops was at Signal Mountain Lodge on Jackson Lake. There is a restaurant, gift shop, lodging with a beautiful panoramic view of the Teton Mountains across the mirror smooth Jackson Lake. Truly great photo opts… Before leaving the Grand Teton National park we made one more stop along side Jackson Lake to take more pictures of the mountains and lake. Leaving Grand Teton National park, we were back on US-89 headed north to Yellowstone National Park. Riding up US-89 we could still see Jackson Lake to our right for many miles. Leaving Jackson Lake we paralleled Snake River for several miles before we left it behind. Then we rode past Lewis Lake, another pristine mountain lake reflecting more beautiful scenery. Many years ago there were large forest fires in and around Yellowstone and today we can still see the damage caused so many years ago. The trees are making a slow comeback but they still have a way to go to reach their former grandeur…

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Rolling through Grand Teton National Park

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Jackson Lake at Signal Mountain Lodge

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Damage from forest fire years ago at Yellowstone

Entering Yellowstone we continued riding US-89 to Old Faithful, our first stop in Yellowstone. As usual, every time I have been to Yellowstone Old Faithful had just erupted before we got there so we had some time to kill to stretch our legs and grab a cup of coffee and a cookie in the Old Faithful Inn. From the moment we rode up to the Inn it was a totally impressive log multi-story sight! We sat out on the observation deck, drank our coffee, ate our cookie and waited for Old Faithful to erupt. It was worth the wait… We got some great pictures of Old Faithful from a good vantage point. Afterward we checked out the Inn. Once inside you just didn’t know where to look as there was so much to see. The lobby is massive in breath, width and height and all constructed from lodge-pole pine and rhyolite stone. In the lobby is a massive stone fireplace with an equally impressive pendulum clock on its face. If you are afraid of heights, exploring the upper floors may be a bit unnerving while peering over the low log railings.

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Jackson Lake

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Old Faithful Inn

We eventually made our way back to our bikes, only to find I had been robbed! Over the years, we have travelled far and wide and we have always been afraid someone may take advantage of all the stuff we store on our bikes that can’t always be locked away. Well, it finally happened. If you want to know the rest of the story click here.

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Old Faithful from Old Faithful Inn

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The thief at Yellowstone National Park

Leaving Old Faithful we back tracked to the southern entrance to ride up the eastern side of Yellowstone. We made several stops by Yellowstone Lake to take pictures before checking out the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. It was crowded and finding a parking spot was a bit of a chore. After leaving the Lower Falls the temperature was starting to rise as in days past but didn’t make it to triple digits. Traffic was getting heavier and it was moving slowly. I have never seen traffic like this in Yellowstone before and it did distract from what should have been a great ride. Traffic continued to be heavy as we made our way to our home away from home for the night, Gardiner, Montana. Two years ago we rode this route in July 2013.  Traffic wasn’t anything like what we have experienced today. Normally the ride from Mammoth Hot Springs is a nice ride following the Gardiner River into the town of Gardiner. As you ride you can hear the rushing water of the river as it tumbles down toward Gardiner but today it was hot with really slow-moving traffic and at times, stopped traffic.  We were ready to park the bikes and wide down for the day…

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Yellowstone Lake

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Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park

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Lower Falls Yellowstone National Park

Tomorrow we continue our ride up US-89 to Great Falls, MT. Come follow along and enjoy the ride over the next 7 days… I hope we see you down the road somewhere. Ride safe…

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Day 6 National Park Motorcycle Ride – Yellowstone National Park

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Early morning north-east side on Grand Loop Road in Yellowstone National Parl

Today is day  6 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 spending the day riding Yellowstone National Park. There is much to see and do. The park roads form a figure 8 through the park. We rode the entire figure 8 and saw as much as possible.

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Picnic area where we had lunch in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park.  The park’s name is derived from the Yellowstone River, which runs through the park. Yellowstone  has 60% of the world’s geysers as well as many hot springs and several mud pots.  The most famous feature of the park is the geyser Old Faithful. There is also mountains, rivers, lakes and  a diverse wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk.

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Boiling hot spring fed pools in Yellowstone National Park

These are some of my favorite places in the park…

  1. The Lower Falls: The Lower Falls is 308 ft. high and is  more than twice the height of Niagara Falls. The volume of water flowing over the falls can vary from 63,500 gal/sec at peak runoff to 5,000 gal/sec in the fall. To me it is the most spectacular sight in the park. We stopped at Artist Point to get a good view of the falls and Yellowstone Canyon. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is a sight worth seeing also. The falls and canyon are very scenic and offer the artist and non-artist goodsubject matter. It’s hard not to take a good picture…

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    Lower Falls Yellowstone National Park

  2. Old Faithful: The most famous of the many geysers in Yellowstone, mainly because it is so predictable when it erupts. You know you will always see a good show when you visit Old Faithful… There are other geysers on walking trails at the old Faithful stop. They are short walks so you may want to visit Castle Geyser, Grand Geyser and Geyser Hill. motorcycle, ride, travel, adventure, touring
  3. Mammoth Hot Springs:  The features of these springs are quite different from thermal areas elsewhere in the park. Formations grow much more rapidly  due to the softer limestone. As hot water rises through limestone, large quantities of rockare dissolved by the hot water, and a white chalky mineralis deposited on the surface.The location of springs and the rate of flow changes daily. What you see todaymay be different tomorrow.

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    Mammoth Hot Springs Yellowstone National Park

  4. Yellowstone Lake: The lake is large and beautiful with the surrounding mountains. Today the lake was calm and like a blue mirror. Very little boat activity kept the waters calm. The lake is the largest body of water in Yellowstone National Park and is 7,732 feet (2,376 m) above sea level and covers 136 square miles (350 km2) with 110 miles (177 km) of shoreline. The average depth of the lake is 139 feet (42 m). Its deepest spot is at least 390 feet (118 m). Yellowstone Lake is the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet (2,133 m) in North America
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Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park

There are so many stops and pullouts with geysers, mud pots, rivers, lakes and if you keep an eye out there is wild life to be seen. These spots are beautiful and scenic in their own right and must be experienced to be appreciated. Words… my words can’t do them justice.

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Yellowstone River flowing out from Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park

We rode only 174 miles today… but we saw a lot of beautiful and interesting sites. I believe there is no better way to see Yellowstone than from the seat of a motorcycle. The low was 54 degrees when we left Gardiner and reached 87 degrees while riding the park making for a very nice ride. The maximum speed in Yellowstone is 45 mile per hour and slower in a few places. This made for a slow and leisurely ride. There was some construction on the north-east part on Grand Loop Road. It wasn’t too bad but it did get the bikes a bit dirtier. If you are riding Yellowstone I would suggest getting an early start and head to the more popular sights in the park. It seems a lot of late sleepers and traffic and tourist are much lighter in the morning than in the afternoons. This is a great park and a great ride… We will be back… hopefully soon.

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The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park from Artist Pint.

It was another good ride back to Gardiner for our last night there. When walking to dinner we met a nice couple from Illinois. They were riding a Goldwing trike and I wanted to know how they liked it. They had some stories to tell. I didn’t write down their names and had forgotten them(I’m sorry) by the time I got to the motel. We enjoyed visiting with them very much. The woman mentioned she writes stories for their local news paper about their rides. I told her she needs to start a blog and share all their stories. I hope they read this and leave us a comment. I would like to know how the blog is going…

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The sign says it all… Leaving Yellowstone National Park at Gardiner, Montana

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Tomorrow we will be riding 407 miles to Kalispell, Montana. We don’t have any planned stops except when we see something interesting…  I hope we see you down the road somewhere. Ride safe…

Here is a slide show of the days ride…

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 5 National Park Motorcycle Ride: Grand Teton & Yellowstone
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

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