Leaving Yellowstone

Trip Start Jul 07, 2008
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Trip End Aug 09, 2008


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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

So I was only just out of the park when the rains hit - moderately heavy but not to bad. It produced an amazing rainbow (2, actually) for over an hour, arching over the incredible scenery of Grand Teton Park.
 
The ride continued that way for the next hour, and then nature got nasty. The sky went pitch black and a bolt of lightening struck the top of a hill next to the highway! And the rain! It poured! Torrents! I was tired, cold and hungry so I actually sped up a bit, flying through the curves of the valley at 120kph. Twice it felt like the engine lost power for just a second and then picked up, and then I realized what was happening. The water was pooling on the road, in some spots 4 or 5 inches deep, and I was hydroplaning through them. Being thankful for not already having crashed, I did slow down a bit. The lightening show was spectacular though, illuminating the night and striking the nearby hilltops. I stopped for the night in Dubois, Wyoming and enjoyed a greasy burger and cold beer before crashing.
 
Mileage for the day: 553km
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