After a good night at the Rock Creek Resort (http://www.rockcreekresort.com/) outside or Red Lodge we loaded up the bikes and were on our way to ride the Bear Tooth highway (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beartooth_Highway). From several accounts we read it is called the most scenic highway in the United States, I have to say it is pretty darn nice. As you start climbing from the Red Lodge 5,555 elevation to just under 11,000 feet the views are wonderful and the weather was perfect.
Starting this trip we knew there would be some adjustments to make, we expected park stores to be closed and facilities to be limited and although that is true there have been plenty of restaurants, shops and facilities. Although we miss going in the park stores it is an adjustment we are willing to make.
After Bear Tooth we entered Yellowstone through the North East gate and immediately greeted by the stars of Yellowstone, the Bison. Although you see Bison frequently you never get tired of those wonderful animals. After stopping for a while to watch the Bison and to practice social distancing (they are very large wild animals after all) we were back on the bikes riding through the northern part of the Grand Loop. We exited the park through the north entrance to eat lunch in Gardiner, since most of the park restaurants are closed (or have very long outside lines). After a quick lunch (OK it was not quick at all, took a couple of hours) we were back in the park in search of wildlife. So far we had seen squirrels, ground squirrels, Marmots, Pronghorn Deer, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Coyote, Elk, and Bison. Tomorrow we are in search of Moose (may have to go to Grand Tetons on Wednesday for that sighting), bear, wolf, and whatever else is available.
After a great meal at Firehole BBQ we are back to the Kelly Inn, our home for the next two nights. Well until tomorrow…