In 2021, cycling buddy Paul Brasby rode the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route with me from Roosville, Montana to Rawlins, Wyoming, where he ran out of vacation time. During those unforgettable 24 days, we rode 1,300 miles of back roads over every kind of surface and condition, repeatedly climbing high mountain passes and crossing endless prairie, skirting rampant forest fires and steaming grizzly scat, dodging thunderstorms and lightening, and meeting a stream of interesting people.
|Easy riding in the morning with distant views of the Teton Range.
|Wyoming border crossing.
There's dispersed camping in this area along with lodging.
A buddy of ours had a close encounter with a grizzly bear near the border
and another friend with a black bear.
|A 16 foot snow gauge near the top of the Teton range.
Your legs will feel this climb!
We stayed in the main campground at Colter Bay.
|If no one is manning the booth, grab a map and ride
to the Hiker/Biker camping area and pitch a tent.
Square up with them in the morning.
|The Village of Colter Bay is a short ride from the CG.
|All amenities are available. Everything is expensive!!!
The laundry mat also has shower facilities and charging power strips.
|Due to weather issues, we took our only rest day or zero day here.
|We say farewell to Grand Teton National Park.
|The scenery on this leg of the trip was amazing!
Have your cameras at the ready!
|This is the first of three sections off of Hwy 26/287
that could be muddy when wet. We had a full day of rain
the day before we encountered these roads.
|The 1st section was fine, the 2nd section we had to turn back
and take the highway, it was too muddy. And the 3rd was just passable,
muddy sections right off the bat for about 3 miles.
|Riding Hwy 26/287 instead of section 2.
Toward the summit of Togwotee Pass to section 3.
|Do not take this sign lightly!
SOBO riders will find out right away if it's possible or not.
NOBO riders will encounter the muddy roads deep into this section
and will be forced to push on!!!
|The views are spectacular on Brooks Lake Rd!
|Campsite at Lava Mountain Lodge.
Full amenities and a good restaurant in the lodge.
|Lava Mt Lodge.
|For me, Union Pass was the 2nd hardest climb of the trip.
|Top of Union Pass.
|This was a shortened day after stumbling across Strawberry Shelter.
Strawberry Shelter is located about half way
between Union Pass summit and Mosquito Lake.
|FYI. No water on site at the Safety Shelter.
There's a good flowing stream
about a mile before and one a mile past the shelter.
Either way you have to climb a bit to get to the Shelter.
|Bathrooms and firewood on site.
The shelter will be on the right if SOBO.
|After a warm and comfortable night's sleep in colder temps,
we were off by sunrise.
|Easy miles prevail early in the morning,
before a ruff section as you drop down into the valley below.
|There's good flowing water in the valley
followed by washboards that run the whole width of the road
before hitting pavement for the rest of the day.
|We find ourselves enjoying a tailwind
before stopping for a break in Cora.
|We stopped for lunch in Pinedale
and topped off with food and a bike cleaning for Craig.
|Then heading 12 more miles to the town of Boulder
for the night and stayed at Highland RV Park.
Bathroom, showers and a laundry room.