I am so grateful to have been able to go on this adventure. Especially with such good friends. Riding bicycles in the eastern part of Idaho that meets up with West Yellowstone was amazing. The scenery and route that Jay Petervary put together was truly epic. To think that this is his backyard where he and his wife live and train was so cool. If you don't know who Tracey and Jay P. are then let me just tell you that they are endurance cycling legends. Thank you JP, T-race, and your volunteers for putting on such an awesome event.
I'll let the photos tell the story.
As I mentioned earlier I ended up taking a wrong turn. Totally my fault. I made it to the 75 mile check point were the gracious crew loaded me and gave me the directions to cut the course short so it was only a 20 mile ride back instead of 50+. I thought I would try to complete the whole route (backwards) but then time was getting away and I came across another rider who was having some issues and could use some help getting back to the finish.
Technically I DNF'd. But I didn't really care. I just wanted to ride my bike all day in a gorgeous new place with new challenges and that's exactly what I got. 103 miles of adventure were had.
On our way home we couldn't pass up driving through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.
Brett had just been through Yellowstone with his wife earlier in the year and proceeded to tell us all about the stupid people who die in Yellowstone's hot springs.
Meet the Stillwater boyz.
What a great trip. I'm hoping JP's Gravel Pursuit can be an annual trip. So worth it. Next time I'm going to have to figure out how to take the family with me.