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    Yellowstone Road Bike Trip April 16th&17th

    Yellowstone Road Bike Trip

    The month of April is a unique time in Yellowstone National Park and provides a very unique road biking opportunity. The road from West Yellowstone to Mammoth is closed to motor vehicles until April 22nd but is maintained for administrative uses. This means there will be no cars on this road except a few solitary park service vehicles and the wildlife viewing will be out of this world. With snow still in the high elevations the animals tend to congregate down in the valleys and right on and near the road. We will ride by herds of elk and bison and maybe see some bears and wolves. The planned route is to ride 50miles from West Yellowstone to Mammoth Hot Springs and continue 5 miles out of the park to Gardiner, MT where we will stay for the night. On Saturday night we will stay in a hotel in Gardiner and then ride back to West Yellowstone on Sunday. Just a set of clothes for Saturday evening will be needed and normal cycling attire for a days ride. The idea is to pack light and minimal so as to not weight down our road bikes. The ride does involve hills and you should be in good condition although those who want to ride faster than the group are more than welcome to ride ahead. The weather should be in the 50s so a set of leg warmers and arm warmers and a good jacket are recommended. The road is almost always open and clear but we will double check the road conditions on Thursday April 14th and check the weather for the weekend giving us enough time to cancel our hotel reservations if the weather makes a turn for the worst.

    Individuals should let me([email protected]) know they wish to attend so we can work out car pooling and if people want to share a room, otherwise you can make some hotel reservations on your own for Saturday Night and Friday Night.

    More info from park service:

    Here is the itinerary:
    Friday April 15th
    Leave Boise around 4pm and drive to Idaho Falls
    Saturday the 16th
    Depart Idaho Falls on the morning and drive to west Yellowstone
    Ride to Gardiner, MT through Yellowstone Park
    Stay at a hotel in Gardiner, MT on Saturday evening
    Sunday the 17th
    Ride back to West Yellowstone
    Drive home to Boise

    Hotel in Gardiner:
    Best Western - 1 406 848-7311
    Comfort Inn - 1 406 848-7536
    Live to ride!
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    16 Diamond Back DB8

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    Sounds like fun

    Sounds like a great trip. Tentatively count me in.

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    i have you down..

    as tentative
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    16 Diamond Back DB8

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