A blog to record our motorbike adventure through the Americas

Yellowstone

Well, we are still travelling and life on the road is feeling pretty normal.

The average day usually starts with rolling out of bed and filling up on a free motel breakfast (I never had a sweet tooth before this trip but now I crave waffles with syrup to start the day off – healthy diet eh?)

An American breakfast favourite is something called Biscuits and Gravy.  We were warned by some bikers in Canada about this dish and I can’t bring myself to try it.  It’s basically a scone with some sausage fat drizzled over it.  I think it resembles cat puke but the fuller figured people just slurp it right up.

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We tend to ride around 200 miles each day as the numb bum sets in if we do huge mileage. We’ll see some sights and then check-in to a cheap motel or campsite if the weather is good.

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Then it all starts over the next day.  I sometimes wonder how I had time for work and other normal stuff before this trip.  I can fill a day easily by just surviving!

After Mt. Rushmore, we headed towards the Bear Tooth Highway from Wyoming to Montana via the Big Horn Mountains.
More great roads with altitude.

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Then on to Yellowstone National Park. It is the one place that we have both been looking forward to seeing in North America and it didn’t disappoint.

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I think we rode over 150 miles taking us around most of the park and saw breathtaking scenery and wildlife along the way.
There is geothermal activity in areas which creates cool landscapes and geysers, the most famous being Old Faithful which pulls in the crowds.

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There were bison everywhere. Some prefer tarmac to the traditional grass.

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We got within 5 metres of a bear that was grazing on the side of the road. Had it in first gear just in case!

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Further up the road a mother and cub ran out in front of us so I slammed on the brakes. The bear got on its hind legs looking directly at us (at this point we were feeling a tiny bit vulnerable) as a second cub ran across the road. It all happened so quickly that we only got this blurry shot.

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We camped two nights while visiting Yellowstone. Lisa was uber-paranoid that bears would attack us in the tent that even the fruity shampoo had to be locked away on the bike (burping was also frowned upon).

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Next up is the Bonneville Salt Flats outside of Salt Lake City to see if we can break some land speed records and then on to some other cool stuff in Utah before heading to the amazing Grand Canyon!

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4 responses

  1. Chris

    Laughed out loud at the “fuller figured people” comment, no shortage of those over there I’m guessing. Think I’d pass by the biscuits and gravy for a good old RF1 canteen fry up 🙂
    Looks like you’re having a great trip, stay safe and keep up the great posts!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:32 am

    • Hey Chris, great to hear from you. Still enjoying the Aussie lifestyle I hope! The daily RF1 fry-ups would probably achieve the same goal as biscuits and gravy – and taste a lot better!

      July 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm

  2. Jeffers

    Dan, how good is Yellowstone! We could have stayed a lot longer. Where are you guys now? We have left Vegas via death valley and will be knocking about round Yosemite for a few days.

    Take care both of you

    Jeffers.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

    • Alright Jeffers, Yellowstone was fantastic – what a place! Did you win big in Vegas? We’re on our way there in a couple of days to try our luck. Currently in Kane County, just outside of GC national park. Ride safe and enjoy Yosemite!

      July 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

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