Bit of a chilly #sunrise this morning in Joshua Tree National Park, California. -4°C/25°F. I can see why we were the only tenters among a sea of RVs.
Today’s “ride” was interesting to say the least. Kelly was trying for a record distance run so I had a good 1½ hours to ride around the Acadia carriageways. The route was carefully planned (see previous post) and once prepped I was on my way! However the app mapping tool Komoot added a small section of unbikable hiking to bridge two carriageways. No worries: I was making good time and decided to take a couple extra carriageways to bypass the hike 👍.
Had a magnificent day of cycling in Acadia National Park! 23 miles of carriage roads: roads built for horse-drawn carriages, gravel roads with rolling climbs and descents (we did ~1800 feet total climbing) with beautiful views of three pristine lakes. Not a cloud in the sky, temperatures were slightly chillier that perfect riding weather. Which is, of course, perfect riding weather. We’re camping here for three more nights, then on to Auburn, Maine for a week or so. Probably will do some more of these roads before we leave Acadia National Park.
Badlands National Park was a trip, nothing like what I expected. We were only there a single night but it was one of the most memorable places I’ve been. Can’t quite put my finger on why, but due to its desert-like landscape, other-worldly even, it stands out like our visit to Terlingua a year ago. The desert calls, man. #truestory
Sunset in Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Last night was mild and clear, so we set up our tent without the rain fly and slept under a beautiful bright starry sky. ⭐️
Moar photos from Washington State are up. This time ‘round, most are from Olympic National Park and surrounding beaches. Pretty spectacular coastline comparable to the Great Ocean Road back home. I’m mostly caught up with photos now having completed the marathon editing slogs from all National Parks to date. Hopefully I’ll be a little more regular from now on (although I’m sure I just jinxed myself 🤞).
Amazing view from a quick ride in Banff Quick few kms this morning before heading out of Banff National PArk on an 9hr drive to Kelowna, BC. 🚙🕘🕙🕚🕛🕐🕑🕒🕓🕔. Sometimes I really miss my road bike 😩. Fun fact: on our drive we passed a burning semi-trailer full of meat. Wound the windows up just in case it didn’t smell like delicious BBQ… 😬
Yesterday’s hike to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park. The beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) only blooms every five years (or longer!) so we were happy to experience it! The beargrass jumps out of the landscape because they are bright white, bulbous, and about two to three feet tall. They are positively alien-like, particularly when spread through a dense forest. They remind me of the Kodama spirits from Princess Mononoke. Very cool hike.