Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle
russellb

Made it to Lander WY

I rode 74 miles today, including several long hills.

Although the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are genuine world treasures well-worth experiencing, and although (unless you want to just get a dawn start and zip through both of them in one day in a car) experiencing them on a bicycle is a remarkably economical way to experience them, I must admit I'm somewhat glad to be out of the national park system, and back into riding through regular small towns which don't primarily serve national park visitors.

Although I no longer have a chance of seeing bison or geysers, for the most part the scenery is just as beautiful to me, the roads have wider shoulders, I'm not constantly being passed by recreational vehicles the size of freight trains, I have a working small town to explore each evening, and each of these small towns always has an inexpensive motel with plenty of vacancies.

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