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Old 02-26-17, 05:40 PM   #26
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I live about 60 miles from a state park featuring free-range bison. They have a lovely, small campground. Last autumn I drove my car up, camped two nights, and hiked among the bison. With luck, I'll be able to bike there this spring for a weekend escape.
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neat thread, gotten alot of new ideas of trips to plan
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I live about 60 miles from a state park featuring free-range bison. They have a lovely, small campground. Last autumn I drove my car up, camped two nights, and hiked among the bison. With luck, I'll be able to bike there this spring for a weekend escape.
Don't get too close. When people think of Yellowstone wildlife danger, bears immediately come to mind. However, bison kill and injure far more park visitors than bears do. They can go from 0 to ramming speed quickly, and their heard are like wrecking balls. They are especially prone to charge when they are with calves and feel threatened.


With that said, they are majestic creatures to see roaming free. From my 2015 tour in SD. Notice the bird on his back picking off insects:
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The final, best case scenario route for Montana and Idaho in June, flying out June 17th:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19192705


Road conditions may make it impossible to get up to Logan Pass in Glacier N.P. (lots of snow there this winter), but some of the road up may be open. I will just have to play it by ear.
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Kind of a hub-and-spoke tour this past weekend ...

Here in Australia, there's a long weekend on about my birthday.

So we headed up north on Friday after work, and spent Saturday cycling 100 km with our Bike Fridays and discovered that mine, in particular, needs several adjustments to make it comfortable. That was one of my more uncomfortable 100 kms. Then we went to a theatre performance of Wicked which was really good. Well worth it!

On Sunday, we did a 76 km ride on our touring bicycles that was hillier than expected, then went out to dinner to one of my favourite restaurants to replenish our energy. Then we dashed off to the Speedway where we were treated to a great deal of excitement. Especially within the first few minutes of being there, as a car hurtled in our direction!

And today we capped it off with an egg breakfast that just hit the spot, a 41.7 km ride, and a little bit later, delicious pancakes with berries and ice cream and cream.
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For a first tour, I had a plan for last year to take the train from STL to Sedalia MO and ride the Katy back to STL, utilizing BnBs for the trip. Due to an unexpected health issue (open heart surgery) two weeks before my planned dates, that had to be scrubbed. That's allowed me more time to plan and acquire equipment for a camping tour for that route for this spring. I'm not letting anything get in the way this time!

I plan on doing this from Pleasant Hill to St. Louis this summer, time permitting we may turn that into a Route 66 from St. Louis to Chicago.
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