Snow place for two wheels
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
13Trip End Sep 19, 2010
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But as tough as it was riding at 80 mph on a bike leaning 15 degrees into driving rain and cross winds, nothing made it more real than watching the outside temperature gauge on the dashboard plummet in just 10 minutes, from 66 degrees in Pinedale (76 miles each way between Rock Springs and Jackson Hole) to just 39 degrees! That's not far above freezing at 32 degrees F.
Coldest I have ever ridden in and enough to make Leigh pull over to put every piece of clothing he had in his panniers
Still raining steadily, the road believe it or not then dropped a thousand feet through incredible mountain valleys into Jackson Hole. Downhill, winding, slippery and interrupted by road works which would run for up to three miles though mud, made Ross on his big BMW GS1200 Adventure smile as he demonstrated how off road riding should be done.
But just as Ross was beginning to feel he had the adventure thing won, two American Harley riders came by without helmets or goggles. Nothing seems to stop this frightening passion so many riders in Colorado and Wyoming have for riding without a helmet. We can’t imagine how cold they must have been, not to mention the pain of all that rain and sleet hitting their faces and skulls at 70mph.
As a footnote to this, we spoke to one of these guys in the bar at the Rock Springs Hotel and he showed us a gap in his front teeth. A stone from a truck had knocked one of them clean out. OUCH!
Welcome to Jackson, or how does the lyric go? 'I’m goin to Jackson...’
Very cool ski town with the famous ‘Million Dollar Cowboy’ saloon. To find out why it’s so famous we’re looking forward to asking Ross for his opinion, as there is a suspicion that Ross (as we were going to bed) was on his way there to do some research.
Earlier, Leigh’s sister Liz and her husband Brian McGuire dropped by to take us to the ski village and up the 32 million dollar aerial tram. From the village the tram rises to 10,000ft where it was a white out and snowing. Hard to believe this is still summer.
If Mark Buckley is reading this, Brian and Liz send their regards. Apparently it’s difficult to spend time at Mt Buller without getting to know the ‘Mayor’. Although we’re not sure if Liz’s sister (who Mark used to date) is also sending her regards:)
And finally to the Stagecoach saloon down the road from the Village for a game of pool, pint glasses of Margarita and Mexican food. Good, but I can still understand why this cuisine has never taken off in Australia (check the feature plate in the pics below).
Tomorrow we are not sure what’s in store. Snow is forecast although clearing in the pm, great for two wheels? Stay tuned.