Arriving in Yellowstone

Today we rode from Cody, WY to Yellowstone National Park! A greatly anticipated part of I4K for many riders, the ride easily lived up to expectations as one of the prettiest rides of the trip so far. We were able to see the landscape change over the day from a more arid canyon to a lush forest with lakes and streams.

We all met at the café outside the park at lunch to pile into the van and shuttle into the park, but due to road construction we were delayed and ended up getting into camp just before sunset. Riding into the campground provided stunning scenery of Yellowstone Lake as well as some up-close encounters with a few bison. One of the first groups went ahead and set up all of our tents so we were able to start dinner right away after the long day.

Following our normal routines were a bit difficult at the campsite, especially with the time crunch at the end of the day. Because we arrived shortly before sunset and had to cook dinner over a campfire, things were hectic yet fun as we got to try out this new experience. Before going to bed, we had to be extremely careful to be clean and put our food into “bear boxes” to keep the chance of encounter with a Grizzly to a minimum.

At the end of the day, it was relaxing to sit around the campfire among teammates. Eventually, we all headed to our tents in the Yellowstone woods in the dark to catch up on sleep.

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