Cody, Wyoming – Cowboys, Buffalo Bill and Spectacular Scenery
July 28, July 29-Aug 4, 2012 Cody, Wyoming
440 miles/ 7 days (1 optional)
$1180/$400 deposit Rating: A54 – I74
Full registration fee due June 10, 2012
In addition to some challenging biking over a couple of roads with some of the most spectacular scenery in the US, this tour will spend 4 nights in Cody with the opportunity to visit the highly rated Buffalo Bill Historical Center and other attractions. The tour will include biking on the Beartooth All American Scenic Highway, in addition to the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, through awesome Wyoming/Montana landscapes. The tour will also include 1 night in Red Lodge, MT and 2 nights at the Hunter Peak Guest Ranch www.hunterpeakranch.com
Saturday, Jul 28 – Arrive in Cody
Sunday, Jul 29 – Meeteetse Meander - 73.6 miles/ 3,089’ vertical The first day will be warm up for things to come. Ghost towns, grizzly bears, elk, deer, wolves, wild horses, moose and other wildlife all roam free around Meeteetse. Come enjoy our hospitality and meet Meeteetse, Wyoming! Where outlaws rode and cattle barons ruled the land. Where wooden boardwalks, hitching rails and water troughs still line the streets. Check out the route at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/717104
Monday, Jul 30 – Red Lodge, Montana - 63.9 miles/ 3,835’ vertical
Red Lodge, situated in a valley used by the Crow Indians, became a coal mining town in 1880s but it came into prominence in the 1930s as a gateway to Yellowstone when the Beartooth All American Highway was constructed. The tour will bike to Red Lodge for a 1 night stay in preparation for climbing the Beartooth Highway the next day. Red Lodge offers friendly western hospitality in an old west setting. Route is on http://ridewithgps.com/routes/720939
Tuesday, Jul 31 – Beartooth Pass - 54.8 miles/ 6,215’ vertical
One of 2 signature rides of the tour, the scenery on this pass is quite spectacular. It climbs up the sides of some dramatic slopes to a breathtaking view point and then on to a ride along the “top of the world”. A climb of 5,300’ in 27 miles will be the challenge for the day. When crossing the Montana border into Wyoming (halfway between the equator and the North Pole), the road narrows, significantly for approx. 15 miles. This and the presence of traffic will require care and attention. However, since we will be descending for most of this section, and the traffic will be moving slowly because of the grandeur of the area, this should not be much of an issue. Pullouts will provide opportunities for allowing traffic to pass by. The route is at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/727100.
Wednesday, August 1 – Hunter Peak Ranch - 43.8 miles/ 3,311’ vertical
We will have a 2 night stay at Hunter Peak Ranch www.hunterpeakranch.com Our stay will begin after traversing Beartooth Pass on Day 3. This NW Wyoming guest ranch is located in the Shoshone National Forest, along the Clark’s Fork River at 6700‘ elevation. One hundred and fifty acres give guests the feeling of room in which to relax and explore. During Day 4, some of the options include: horseback riding, hiking, swimming or wading in the river, relaxing or an out and back bike ride to Silver Gate, MT at the northeast entrance to Yellowstone. Two dinners and a breakfast will be provided at the ranch as part of the tour. For those preferring to bike this day a ride will be supported. The route is at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/727131.
Thursday, August 2 – Chief Joseph Scenic Highway - 58.7 miles/ 5,090’ vertical
After our stay at the ranch we will bike the Chief Joseph Scenic Hwy back to Cody. Chief Joseph and his band of Nez Perce hurried down the Clark’s Fork River and out onto the Big Horn Basin in 1877 during their legendary flight from the US Army. This route has long been a popular route for wildlife migration and for Indians to traverse from the high country to their buffalo hunting grounds on the plains. After ascending Dead Indian Pass, we can look back and see the beauty of the Absaroka Wilderness, the Clark’s Fork Canyon and the Beartooth Plateau. The Clark’s Fork River is Wyoming’s only wild and scenic river and is a major tributary of the Yellowstone River. For this day see the route at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/726050.
Friday, August 3 – Southfork Saunter - 73.8 miles/ 3,545’ vertical
Back in Cody for the last 2 days of the tour, the Southfork Road will be our destination for an out and back ride on a quiet back country road. Pavement ends at 36.9 miles in the national forest, but one can optionally do as much or as little of this route as one pleases. The further one rides on this road, the less traffic is encountered and the countryside becomes increasingly wild. Check it out at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/717114.
Saturday, August 4 - Day 7 – Old Yellowstone Highway - 66.7 miles/ 2,827’ verticalA short ride is planned for the last day for those who have early flights or would just like to leave early (12.4 miles/ 965’ vertical) (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/735721). This ride goes into the canyon at the base of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir on the old Yellowstone highway. A longer option will be available to ride around Pilot Mountain (
). Parts of this route will already have been ridden.
In addition to the riding, there are several attractions in Cody. My favorite, by far is the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
· Buffalo Bill Historical Center: This highly acclaimed “Smithsonian of the West”, in addition to providing learning opportunities about Buffalo Bill, the Plains Indians and Yellowstone, has an unparalleled collection of Western Art and claims the largest collection of firearms in the world.
· Cody Nite Rodeo
· Old Trail Town: authentic cabins including cabins of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
· Tecumseh’s Miniature Village and Museum: Old west in miniature depicting Wyoming and Montana from the 1700s
· Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue
So, fasten your SPD’s or Looks to your cowboy boots and come along to enjoy some western doins!
For further information contact Harvey Hoogstrate at (303) 755-9362 or firstname.lastname@example.org