Is it Jackson Hole, Wyoming, or the USA that seems fixated by killing critters? Some of the shops had some pretty cool stuff, but a lot of it is based around dead bears, wolfs, beavers, coyotes, squirrels, chipmunks and the like. The village square has four entrances, each arched by a 4 Metre arch of antlers. Hmmmm.
Today was a lot nicer weather. We headed out to Cache Creek and over a pass to Game Creek Trail. This was 36km loop including about 10km on a sealed cycle path back through the town. We got a little missed placed initially, the local maps are not the best, but eventually got on the correct trail. Ju's words " the most enjoyable trail we have done so far". Spectacular countryside, great views, and lovely flowing tracks.
Then Ju wanted a swim/wash, and also to get a photo of the Grand Teton, so we headed in to the Park, (thanks Rob and Graham for the National Park pass). Found a spot, although it was not easy to get changed...the parks are VERY busy, then we snuck through a lovely narrow road (we could possibly have been too big for the road legally) to Teton Village, the local ski resort, with the steepest ski slopes in USA.
We were on the way to Phillips Ridge trail, which starts half way up Teton Pass. Ju was being really sweet, (letting her shop all day yesterday is paying off), and said that she would shuttle me to the top of the trail and wait at the bottom. Juju, you are very sensible. You would not have enjoyed the trail.
So the usual confusion re maps and where the trails actually go cost me 3km and half an hour. Three maps were all different, and none were correct.... But I eventually found what I thought was the correct rout, that being confirmed after about 30mins by a couple coming the other way. A boney trail might describe it best, that climbed to a ridge very very high above the valley. Then it started to go down, and down, and down some more, probably for about 16km. It was NOT a
velvety smooth trail. Let's just say that the suspension on the Surly was well used. A real bone shaker of a trail, with maybe 50 banked corners....and it went on and on and on. Had to admire the three people riding up the trail, having descended Phillips Canyon, and now going back to their cars. I had a great time. I know Ju would not have enjoyed the trail. It was not technical, but exhausting. You needed to stay focused to keep the rubber on the track. A great challenge. No I will not be doing it again. Great to finally reach the bottom and find Ju waiting patiently.
Great day of biking, finished by a dip in the Snake River. Jackson has a lot to offer. Rafting, biking, skiing, climbing, tramping, fishing. Perhaps Ju needs to apply for that EMS/Firefighter job we saw advertised.