The Big Ride – When Big is BIGGER than Big and goes over the top! (Beartooth Highway, Wy)

As my trip unfolds it seems to me that the sights are getting better and better.  While enroute to Yellowstone Park I took a day to ride Beartooth Highway which runs along the Wyoming and Montana border.   The first known crossing of the Beartooth mountains was in August 1872.  A General in the Civil War, along with 120 of this men followed the advice of an old hunter who recommended taking the route while returning from an inspection of Yellowstone Park.  In 1936 when the road opened, it essentially followed the General’s first route over the pass.

The road is very impressive with its series of steep zigzags and switchbacks that continue upwards to almost 11,000 feet and includes some of the most dramatic landscapes.  It was also very “cool” to see snow along the route at the higher elevations!  Christmas in June anyone? 🙂

Because of the high altitude, snowstorms can occur even in the middle of the summer.  The pass is known for exceptionally strong winds and severe thunderstorms.  I was chased around by a few threatening clouds during the ride but managed to hang on to my bike and avoided getting wet.

Here is a video of the days ride across the Beartooth mountains along with a number of photos taken while enjoying the ride.

Shoshone National Forest on route to Beartooth Highway
Shoshone National Forest enroute to Beartooth Highway – Wyoming Highway 296 (Chief Joseph Scenic Byway)

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A pullout in the Shoshone Forest to soak up the spectacular vistas
A pullout in the Shoshone National  Forest to soak up the spectacular vistas
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Beartooth highway runs along the Wyoming and Montana boarders close to the north east entrance of Yellowstone Park
In the Shoshone Forest in Wyoming Highway 296 (Chief Joseph Scenic Byway) near Cooke City
In the Shoshone Forest in Wyoming Highway 296 (Chief Joseph Scenic Byway) near Cooke City

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Being one with nature - this was one aggressive monster sized chipmunk who loved Georgia Pecans
Being one with nature – this was one aggressive monster sized chipmunk who loved Georgia Pecans
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The summit of the Beartooth Highway
A series of switchbacks on the Beartooth Highway, Wyoming Route 212
A series of switchbacks on the Beartooth Highway, Wyoming Route 212

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The Go Pro on my helmet always creates  conversation with passersby
The Go Pro on my helmet always creates conversation with passersby – I’ve even been asked if I work for Google.  A second career perhaps :
The top of Beartooth Highway still had a snow quite a bit of snow
The top of Beartooth Highway still had quite a bit of snow
Snowball fight anyone? :)
Snowball fight anyone? 🙂
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Just a little snow left on the mountain…this looks like PEI after this past winter on the east coast

My next post will be with Yogi Bear in Yellowstone Park!

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Bonnie St Julien

Bonnie St Julien provides personal development and professional leadership coaching and mentoring, to support individuals who aspire to make a positive and meaningful difference in who they are, in what they do and how they do it. Bonnie is an accredited certified Coach and a certified Professional Behaviours (DISC) and Driving Forces (Motivators) Analyst, with over 25 years of public sector management experience, including as an Executive Director. In addition to her professional experience, Bonnie has overcome a number of personal challenges, providing her the determination and inner strength needed to get though whatever life hands her. Bonnie is also an avid motorcyclist who embraces life and lives it fully! Calling on Bonnie's extensive professional and life experience, individuals who work with Bonnie are transformed through the coaching process by gaining self-awareness and by taking incremental concrete action steps to achieve their desired goal and create meaningful and sustainable results in their lives, their work, their organizations, and their world! If you are looking to transform your life, Bonnie is the coach for you!

2 thoughts on “The Big Ride – When Big is BIGGER than Big and goes over the top! (Beartooth Highway, Wy)

  1. Wow that was quite the highway! Couldn’t those switchbacks been made a little bit away from the edge? Amazing, fun and interesting to track your progress.

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