After some new oatmeal for breakfast (thank you Pat!) we got ourselves together and hit the road a tad before 09:00- very early for us.
We started climbing immediately and climbed steadily for the-next 20 miles. It was warm and we had a light tailwind for the entire ascent! We started out at about 6,800′ and climbed almost 2,900′ straight until we hit the summit of Togwotee Pass at 9,658′. NOTE: the highest pass we summited prior to today was about 7,900′.
The descent to our little cabin was only about 8 miles but it was a beauty! We hit 37-38 mph, on mountain bikes, towing trailers and scanning the landscape for bears the entire time… Fun, but way too quick…
We checked into our cabin around 2:30, showered, put in a load of laundry and settled down with some lovely local beers and jalapeño poppers for 4’sies.
Daily totals: 31 miles and 2,900′ climbing
The road at the start of the climb:
Some pretty and interesting plants today:
Beautiful mountains today:
The summit at Togwotee:
This is the elevation profile from our maps:
Our 4’sies today: Jenny Lake Lager (Snake River Brewery and Old Faithful Ale (Grand Teton Brewery) with grilled bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers: