Utah to Montana

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July 22, 2010

I broke camp and had breakfast at McDonald's again. After that, I started north to Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, I didn't really know where the best place to get to the Great Salt Lake was, and I ended up at Willard Bay Reservoir before backtracking to Antelope Island State Park. It's a small island in the lake accessible by a causeway.

Campsite Breakfast Antelope Island The causeway to Antelope Island

After getting on the island, I made my way down to the beach. Besides the salt, the most noticeable thing was the flies. They looked like little specks covering the salt, but would rise up into a rolling cloud when you approached. Fortunately, they didn't bite or even bother me, but rather preferred to sit on the salt away from me.

After leaving Salt Lake City, I took highway 80 across the border into Wyoming, and then followed highway 189 north. The highway was wide open and mostly straight.

Continuing north past Kemmerer, WY, mountain ridges began to appear as I rode towards Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Jackson Lake:

A river valley in Grand Teton National Park:

Hot springs in Yellowstone National Park:

Although the springs were beautiful, I found the ride itself to be less interesting when going through parks due to the traffic and slow speeds. I continued north and crossed into Montana, setting up camp at Osen's campground in Livingston, MT. It had very nice private bathroom/shower facilties, one of the nicest I've ever been to, and relatively cheap.

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