Woke to gray skies and obvious overnight rain. Got dressed for rain and cold, knew we had a pass that would make us overly warm so layered up. It would work up a sweat pedaling uphill but wanted warm dry accessible layers for the downhill side! We were set, got out the door and the rain had already started so we had to go back to the lobby and redo what we thought was going to make sense. We added rain pants instead of tights, it is just so hard to plan ahead.
Already decided we were going to start the day with a good breakfast. Mike seems to have gotten past the tummy thing and what he needed was to replace his energy with some good food! We had to leave our bikes sitting out iin the rain which was difficult, but what could we do? At least we had a beautiful view of Lewis Lake and the rain. It was very disheartening, sitting there watching it pour down! We had just ordered our food and then Scott joined us, another avid and dedicated cyclists travelling a small loop in the area ending up in Missoula. He was the sort of biker that could tell you all the details of every trip while we can barely remember what happened yesterday! We had a great chat and he said, well the rain will probably clear about 10 so it is probably a good idea to wait it out! So we did! He even suggested that we wheel our bikes into the lobby area of the restaurant to get them out of the rain! Brilliant!! So we did!
Waiting meant drinking coffee to look like we were still enjoying breakfast, although our waitress Emily was more than understanding! 4 cups of coffee and it was off to the ladies for me and there I met the 2 most delight young ladies, sisters Mariana and Ellie! We started up a conversation over the rain, they were waiting to set up the family tent and i told them about our trip. They were both very enthusiastic and interested, lovely and so cheerful! In fact I think Marianna was singing a song about sunshine!!!! When we parted I told them they were a ray of sunshine in my day and such an inspiration! And Mariana said no YOU are my inspiration!! Those were the sweet words I needed to push me out into the rain and get going, as I was really terribly dreading starting out in such heavy rain!! If that sweet young lady saw me as an inspiration then I needed to get out there and live up to it! I just love that! What a thrill to be someone's inspiration, not neccesarily to ride a bicycle across the United States but to follow your dream! Such a boost they gave me! The morning got better from there! We managed to then secure an affordable accommodation for the evening after several refusals and then . .. the rain stopped!!!
Don't forget we had one more crossing of the Continental Divide to start our day. We were just ridding steady and the next thing you know, there was the summit sign! Great! How easy was that and still no rain!! We had 22 miles to ride to get out of Yellowstone via the south entrance. It was actually a beautiful ride. It was not freezing cold, just cool and we were actually dressed and layered perfectly. The road was a bit of a roller coaster but nothing too severe in either ups or downs. We really enjoyed it! Traffic wasn't too bad and everyone was so careful to give us a wide berth, many following behind until there was a safe passing distance! Wow! Still no wildlife!
By time we reached the south entrance, the sun was out and we started removing layers! The weather simply kept improving from there and the ride was once again amazing as the clouds cleared away, we entered The Grand Teton National Forests and the awe inspiring mountain range was there for our enjoyment and amazement!
It was so hard to grasp the difference in the day from the beginning to the end! I dreaded leaving the table with a pitcher of endless coffee to ride in the pouring rain to who knew where and more pouring rain! And look how it turned out! A glimmer of inspiration to get me moving and the rest all fell into place! The message that ran thru my head this morning when it was still cold and cloudy but no rain . . . We are not promised there will be no trials in our life, but if we believe, we are given what we need and He will lead us thru it! That is just how I felt, a path through the trials! What an inspiring day blossomed out of dread!
We reached Colter Bay Village, quite a complex of RV park, cabins, campground, restaurants, general store, marina and visitors center. It is quite an active place even tho we are in the wilderness, but not as isolated as Yellowstone! I think i prefer The Tetons over Yellowstone already! The views are like nothing any place else!
We have had another awesome meal with our very confident and interesting bartender Chad! So fun learning about people andtheir lives.
The internet is here, but for 3 days now I have not had enough strength in the wiFi to transfer photos so keep checking back, I will let you know when I can catch up!
In the meantime we are doing fine! Mike is recovered and we are headed across Wyoming and soon to Colorado!
Thanks for hanging in with us, you will love the photos when I can get them loaded! Doing my best to keep up!
Not sure what tomorrow will bring, LOTS of rain in the forecast out there!!! I will do my best!