We cycled towards Yellowstone past Quake Lake, which was the site of an earthquake disaster in 1959 when 26 campers where killed by a combination of a giant wave over the dam and two hillsides collapsing during the night. The landslide formed the new lake called Quake Lake.
The whole region still seems very unstable.
We finally made it to Yellowstone on a bad day. We arrived on a Friday afternoon along with a couple of thousand motorists who were more interested in spotting Bison than avoiding the odd cyclist in front of them. The roads in Yellowstone are old and narrow and do not have the wide shoulder most American roads have. It was quite a scary afternoon made more so by the fact that there was a herd of Bison on the road looking quite fierce.
This year has been a really good year for visitors to Yellowstone, up to August 3 million people had been through and they are expecting a total of 4 million by the time they close. As we entered the park there was a sign saying all the campsites were full, but luckily they all reserve spaces for hikers/bikers.
The following day we cycled down the west side of the park were there were several off road bike routes, so we could get away from the cars and enjoy the steaming landscape and wild animals and birds.
It all seemed so idillic in the hot sunshine, so it was quite a shock to wake up the next morning to torrential rain and more liquid mud on top of our tent ground sheet then there was under it.
This is a short video of different parts of our ride from leaving Missoula in the hail, through lovely scenary, Yellowstone and ending cycling over Togwotee Pass in the snow.
We are cycling from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border to raise money for the humanitarian charity ShelterBox. ShelterBox are currently providing emergency shelter for the refugees in Greece, continuing to help in Nepal after the earthquake, and in Milawi after the flooding. If you would like to donate to ShelterBox click on the link at the side of this blog.