Cycle Greater Yellowstone: Day 6 out-and-back from Cody

Day 5

Distance and elevation gain (per my mapping software): 51.53 miles, 1,472 feet

Min temp: 50, Max temp: 95, Winds 10-15, with some crazy gusts between 3-4 am and 3-4 pm Precipitation: none

“That’s not how I wanted to start my morning!”

That was the voice I heard, sometime after the winds in Cody picked up around 3 am, sometime after the dining canopy came down with a crash. (Luckily the canopy was downwind from all the campers and no one was hurt).

Today was the day for the Alternate Route.

Today we were supposed to ride from Cody to Red Lodge. However, our campsite at Red Lodge had been taken over by a firefighter crew, and with the fire so close to our planned Saturday route through Beartooth Pass, it was deemed prudent to cancel that particular ride.

In two days’ time, the ride organizers got all the permissions required to send us 700 cyclists on an out-and-back course on South Fork Road. (Local cyclists had recommended riding out the North Fork Highway, but there was road construction, and the ride permit could not be secured for that route.)

Headed west on Yellowstone Avenue.

Headed west on Yellowstone Avenue.

A Wyoming ranch gate. Classic!

A Wyoming ranch gate. Classic!

400 cattle feet ahead? OK, so, doing the math, that would make 100 head of cattle?

Cattle, 400 feet ahead? OK, so, doing the math, that would make 100 head of cattle?

The SAG vehicle drivers had gotten creative about distinguishing their rides. Death before SAG!

At the 25-mile turnaround already! The SAG vehicle drivers had gotten creative about distinguishing their rides. Death before SAG!

A cormorant on Buffalo Bill Reservoir.

A cormorant on Buffalo Bill Reservoir. (It’s that little black dot on the water.)

When we returned to Cody, we had a lot of time to kill.

We biked down to Pat O’Hara Brewing Company, which is so new, it is not yet selling its own beer on tap. And we visited Buffalo Jump Winery, for which we had a wine tasting coupon.

It was the last full evening in camp (sigh), so the announcements were full of end-of-ride thank-yous. A raffle drawing was held, and the guy who won the trip to Mexico was reeeealllly excited. I think I know how he felt. I would have been excited, too, if someone had granted me the ability to extend my vacation.

Because of the change in schedule, there was no in-camp entertainment that night. We bikers were all encouraged to head downtown for some local entertainment. Bugman and I popped into a few downtown stores, but after our early awakening, we were tired and went to bed early.

Day 7

Copyright 2013 by Katie Bradshaw

8 thoughts on “Cycle Greater Yellowstone: Day 6 out-and-back from Cody

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  4. Thanks Katie for the wonderful Blog. My wife and I are also tandem riders. We are from Minnesota. 2 weeks prior to your tour, we summited Beartooth Pass on the Tour de Wyoming. We have the CGY at the top of our 2014 tour list. Perhaps we will see you in Jackson.
    Tom Raetz

    • Thanks for commenting, Tom! We just signed up for CGY 2014. We’d definitely like to meet up with you. Maybe sometime we could meet up for a spin in MN, if you happen to live near-ish the Twin Cities area. We have family there and tend to visit a couple of times a year.

      • Hi Katie. We shared our interest in CGY 2014 back in November. Good news! We have registered and will be participating. I trust you and your partner are still planning to be there. We would very much like to meet you. You mentioned family in the Twin Cities. We are in Owatonna, just 1 hour south. Perhaps you have driven right by on I-35 numerous times. We would really enjoy having you join us on one of our local club rides. Let us know if you will be in the neighborhood, we would be happy to host. Tom and Pat Raetz

      • Sweet! Yes – Jeff (aka Bugman on this blog) and I are registered for CGY again. We definitely need to meet up on the ride! We’re not going to wind up making it to MN before the ride, but thanks for the invite! (We live in western Nebraska now – about a 14-15-hour drive from Rogers/Corcoran, where my mom lives, but we drove through Owatonna many a time when we lived in Ames, Iowa.)

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