Starting Location: Ennis, MT
Ending Location: West Yellowstone, MT
Lowest Elevation: 4951
Highest Elevation: 7051
I woke up pretty early this morning and starting getting my stuff packed up. Although it didn't rain overnight, my tent was a little wet from the morning dew so I set it out in the sun to dry as I packed everything else up and ate breakfast. Once I got everything all packed away I headed back towards town to refill my waters at the rest stop and then I was on my way for West Yellowstone where my grandparents had reserved me a room at the Worldmark in town.
Knowing that I had a nice room waiting for me made for good motivation throughout the day although I couldn't help but keep stopping to take pictures. For most of the morning I rode at the base of a few mountains to my left and eventaully wrapped all the way around them.
I also rode with the Madison River to my right for most of the morning. There were countless fisherman in the river this morning. This whole area is a big attraction for fly fishers. After getting around the mountains I started eading tirectly toward another set of mountains that I would cut in between to head over Reynolds Pass and Earthquake Lake.
At first I thought that I would stop to eat lunch before taking on any elevation of the pass, but instead I decided to shoot for the visitors center at Earthquake Lake. I am glad that I did this, because the view from the visitors center was amazing! It was a good lunch break.
After riding along Earthquake Lake I started to climb more and made my way to a dam which marked the beginning of Hebgen Lake. I rode through a foresty area for a little while before arriving at an open view of the whole lake. I rode alongside the lake for about 15 miles enjoying spectacular views. There were some nice mini beaches along the lake and quite a few nice looking resorts with log buildings.
After Hebgen Lake I had a straightaway to West Yellowstone. Although it was mostly flat I found that I was getting really tired from another very hot day of riding. I eventually made it into West Yellowstone and got checked into my room.
Of course I was quick to take a shower and start my laundry. Then I called my grandparents to thank them for getting me the wonderful unit and talk to them about my trip. Afterwards I headed to the grocery store to get dinner for the night and snacks for the next couple of days. After eating I started writing out the past four days worth of blogs and began planning my next few days of riding.