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August 26th, Friday

Burley to Cody, Grand Teton and Yellowstone Park, Shoshone Forest

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Day 10, Heyburn - Cody weergeven op een grotere kaart

After breakfast (good compared to breakfast at the other motels), coffee, gas and withdrawing money from the ATM (Dutch: flappentap) we left Heyburn. The first part was a lot of nothing again, just like the day before. Gradually the scenery became more interesting. Especially after leaving highway 26, after a lunch break at a boat ramp on Snake river. We turned onto highway 31 towards Victor, just before the border between Idaho and Wyoming.
 
Then, a few miles before the border I saw some red and blue flashing light in the mirror. ‘Would that be for me?’ I asked Fred. Weeeeeew did the car in the mirror. Oops…  The officer was very polite, said I was doing 64 in a 55 section, wanted to know where I was coming from and how long I had been in the US and please slow down. Sorry sir, won’t do it again (in the next hour…)

We have been above 6,000 feet for a long time. You can feel Giulia has less power. The steep slopes before Jackson, Wyoming, 10% into the 8,000 were almost too much. Giulia was struggling with the load of the three men and their luggage plus the thin air. Just when I was about too shift down to 1st we reached the top of Teton Pass. Oof…

Jackson is a vivid town, flooded with tourists. Not very difficult to understand why, the plains north of Jackson are truly beautiful and we enjoyed a clear blue sky. Then we entered Grand Teton Park and Cor and Fred took another splash in a babbling creek, it has become a tradition it seems.

It’s hard to describe the splendor of Grand Teton en Yellowstone Park. Even the pictures do not show it 100 percent. We ran into some Elk. As soon as you stop alongside the road and aim your camera other cars stop, people come running out and pull their cameras: click click click click. Funny.

Because we had to get to Cody before it would be really dark the visit was more or less a drive trough. I’d like to spend a whole week here but will save that for another time. Between the exit of Yellowstone and Cody we passed Shoshone National Forest, the red brown rocks raising high on both sides of the road were a treat for the eye.

Finally we arrived at the Big Bear Motel in Cody, styled like a ranch. Looking for dinner we stopped at Cassie’s: traditional music, traditional dancing, too loud for any conversation. I felt like being in a scene of the Dukes of Hazard, although that had its setting in the south of the US. We went to another restaurant. Forgot its name, but I wouldn’t recommend it anyway ;-)

We haven't seen a single Alfa for three days now. People like Giulia but also ask if it's a German car...
 


It’s hard to describe the splendor of Grand Teton en Yellowstone Park. Even the pictures do not show it 100 percent. We ran into some Elk. As soon as you stop alongside the road and aim your camera other cars stop, people come running out and pull their cameras: click click click click. Funny.

Because we had to get to Cody before it would be really dark the visit was more or less a drive trough. I’d like to spend a whole week here but will save that for another time. Between the exit of Yellowstone and Cody we passed Shoshone National Forest, the red brown rocks raising high on both sides of the road were a treat for the eye.

Finally we arrived at the Big Bear Motel in Cody, styled like a ranch. Looking for dinner we stopped at Cassie’s: traditional music, traditional dancing, too loud for any conversation. I felt like being in a scene of the Dukes of Hazard, although that had its setting in the south of the US. We went to another restaurant. Forgot its name, but I wouldn’t recommend it anyway ;-)

We haven't seen a single Alfa for three days now. People like Giulia but also ask if it's a German car...


Day 9, Heyburn - Cody


Dag 10, 26 augustus: Grand Teton National Park– Yellow Stone National Park – Cody (Wyoming)

Vandaag stond, voor wat mij betreft, de koninginnenrit op het programma. Niet qua hoogte maar meer qua de lange en steilere beklimmingen en de combi met natuurschoon zeg maar...

Onderweg eerst geluncht op een mooie spot van de Snake River, in de verte doemde het Grand Teton National Park op. Op weg naar Yellowstone Park is het eigenlijk een must om via dit zuidelijk daarvan gelegen National Park te reizen. Die tip kregen we op Pebble Beach van die Friesche man. Meer miles, maar een gouden tip!

Hans reed en dat ging iets te snel, tja je kunt er soms op wachten: stopped by a flashing car..

De jonge agent was gelukkig aardig en beleefd, na een waarschuwing en zonder erg konden we de weg vervolgen. Fred maakte heel sneaky een foto.

Onderweg zag ik voorbij het toeristenplaatsje Jackson de eerste (en enige) Bald Eagle landen op een soort van een kunstmatig ooievaarsnest zoals bij ons.

De Juul had het er soms erg zwaar mee, lange beklimmingen met 10% en meer stijging, was (weer) aan de grens van het motortje..

De route naar het noorden door de Tetons (= frans voor tepels), was fraai, onderweg gestopt om de gletsjers op afstand te zien.

Het park is vernoemd naar de hoogste berg: Grand Teton (bijna 4200 meter hoog).

Op naar het Yellow Stone Park, ondergronds bevindt zich hier een actieve supervulkaan.

Yellow Stone National Park is het oudste nationaal park in de wereld. Dat hadden ze gelukkig vroeg door destijds. Hier zagen herten op 'aaiafstand'.., bizons en in de vroege avond zag ik een jonge zwarte beer langs een riviertje! Fraaie wolkenluchten, vooral boven Yellowstone Lake.

Wat ook opviel waren de erg grote kale stukken, veroorzaakt door enorme bosbranden. Helaas geen tijd voor 'Old Faithfull'.

Voor dit park hadden we sowieso tijd tekort. We gingen/moesten er in te hoog tempo door...

In de vroege schemer nog even bij het Buffalo Bill Reservoir gestopt om in de late schemer in 'wild west town' Cody te arriveren, vanuit onze kamer keken we uit op Rattle Snake Mountains. Hier eerst weer een verfrissende duik genomen en 's avonds erg laat een 'mager diner' gehad...

Het stadje Cody in Wyoming is vernoemd naar William Frederick Cody (Buffalo Bill).

't Juultje houdt zich ondertussen hartstikke goed! Onderweg veel duimen en verdraaide nekken.


 
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