did a four-day road bike tour with a company called “Woman Tours” – the only all women’s bike tour company in America! There was much to see and do on this ride, which took place in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks . . .
Day one, we escorted the ladies through the West Yellowstone entrance – riding past baby eagles in their nest and massive buffalo lying on the sides of the road. The group then headed south, stopping leisurely to investigate the many geysers, bubbling pots and fumaroles within the park. Ending the day at Old Faithful Inn, the ladies marveled that no two eruptions from the famous Old Faithful geyser were alike! It was good to rest after riding 34 miles.
Day two started with an intense climb up Craig Pass and the Continental Divide. After a stop to refuel with a Cliff Bar and take a few photos at the top, the ladies headed down (some going 42 miles per hour!) and over to West Thumb geyser basin. It was amazing to see elk feeding in the hot spring area – as everyone carefully gave them plenty room so they could make their way back into the forest. Then, it was a fabulous picnic lunch put together by Woman Tours and a ride of rolling hills over to Lake Yellowstone Hotel. The view of the lake from a bicycle was absolutely beautiful! 39 miles made for a long day.
Day three was a shorter day of biking, as we began by hiking with the ladies in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. A group picture was taken there and only a 19 mile ride from the hotel back to West Thumb gave everyone plenty of time to shuttle by van into Grand Teton National Park. One of the highlights of the day was witnessing a grizzly bear and her cub, sauntering across one of the buttes in Yellowstone!
Meeting the women bright and early for day four, it was a slow start due to the pouring rain – but most braved the weather and took the option to pedal from Jackson Lake Lodge into Moose. One of the nicest parts of the ride was the new bike path constructed from Jenny Lake to Moose. It was smooth riding! Then it was time for a relaxing lunch at Dornan’s, where there was some time to dry out before pressing on into Jackson to complete our 47 mile ride for the day. Breezing through Antelope Flats, the group was finally able to shed some clothing because the sun came out and it was blue sky all around!
After reaching their hotel in Jackson, everyone said their goodbyes to Teton Mountain Bike Tours. It was a fantastic trip, and the ladies were all smiles as they headed up to their rooms. Thanks Woman Tours, for visiting these National Parks with us and sharing some wonderful memories!