Monday, August 22, 2016

Day 75 - 8/21/16 Yellowstone National Park, WY to West Yellowstone, MT

As nice as it is being away from towns for a few days, it's kind of nice to be back in town.  I think I just needed some hot pizza and a cold, sugary drink.  Well I got that, plus some groceries and now it's back to the outskirts of town.  

West Yellowstone is made up of motels, gift shops and restaurants, I guess for all the people about to abandon civilization and head into the park.  I guessed right that this place wouldn't be so friendly to the stealth camper, West Yellowstone just wants to take your money.  So I headed for the rangers station just North of town;

a very nice woman, who's also done her fair share of bike touring, knew exactly what I was looking for.  On a big wall map she pointed to a small service road just off the main highway 10 miles North, exactly where I was heading anyway.  The road was just opposite from a beautiful blue lake surrounded by mountains and I found the perfect patch of dirt to set up my tent looking out on the water.  It's amazing what sort of sleeping arrangements you can scrounge up for free.  

So I sat down and watched the sunset, I got everything set up just in time to crawl in my tent once the sun dipped behind the distant mountains and the air got cold.

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