16-05-25 Day 59 Old Faithful – Mark Trail
Biking the TransAm 2016 Blog
2 Wheels, 6 Months, 1 Adventure
The wet slushy snow made the tent sag and the drops off the tree above made me want to sleep in… But…… The lure of hot steamy water blasting into the air every few hours drew me out into the snow…. I packed up quickly and pedaled over the Snake River back to the Flagg Campground for a shower. The place was empty so I pulled the bike into the bathroom and made the place feel like home….well sorta….
Dylan showed up as I was leaving. And the rain started… The Park Ranger said the Lewis Gorge was slushy and to be careful….. Ok… Then it began to Snow…. A LOT… wow…biking in Yellowstone in a snowstorm. …
And the passing cars… With no sholders…. I had my wet freezing hands full as I climbed to the Continental Divide. Weather, Traffic, and climbing…. Biking past Lewis Lake and on to Grants Village. Bird & Curtissann who manage the camp store in Grants Village, humored me and said they remembered Moonwalker and me as we hiked through on the CDT last July.. We made ourselves comfortable as we warmed up for the next 20 miles to Old Faithful… Two more crossings of the Continental Divide and it was all downhill to the Old Geyser.
We were able to squeeze into a special room in the Old Faithful Inn.. The blaster was spewing hot water into the air and everyone was amazed including me.. Oh the world and country we live in…… Every Day…….
There was a prime rib buffet that called out our name.. It is hard to get filled up on a typical serving so buffets while not my optimal choice in dining normally is the bomb on the road… As the time drifted away, so did the tourists and the sound of the pianist filled the main room and peace returned… So nice ….
I am so thankful to be here, so grateful, so blessed to be here… Now……..
Yellowstone NP to Old Faithful Inn