Yellowstone is a big volcano, it has erupted three times in the past.
2 million years ago, 1.3 million years ago and 640,000 years ago and
it might erupt again tomorrow.
This being the 4th of July long weekend everything around Yellowstone
was booked and I had to stay in Bozeman about 130k's away.
Great Falls to Bozeman, rained most of the way but was not cold, easy ride
through the backroads.
In 3D, note the Rocky Mountains on the left and the Plains on the right
The roads around the Park
In 3D, note the flatter area in the green bit which is the volcano crater and the
Lots of wildlife, forrests, rivers, sub-alpine meadows and the Hot stuff.
Oh! and about a million other tourists all driving around and around.
This is an Elk looking slightly worried.
This is a bear looking even more worried because he can't run as fast as
the Elk he is chasing and he chased it right across the road between all the
gawking tourists scrambling for cover into their cars. That was funny.
And why did I not drop my bike and try and squeeze into one of the cars
because a Grizzly ran away from me once before when I blipped the throttle.
Dead Trees everywhere
A little pond steaming away by itself
Boiling Water, would not take long to make a cup of tea in this place
But it would stink
Buffalo and Elk
Buffalo cooling off
More Boiling Water
Lots of Waterfalls
And Rivers and Canyons
And people fishing
Alien Landscape, scroll sideways to see it all.
The Continental Divide runs through the Park.
All Rivers East of the Divide run East and all Rivers West of the Divide run West
into the Pacific
Watch your step
Buffalo on the Roadside
Buffalo Traffic Jam, the Mothers waited on the road for the Babies to catch up
There were hundreds of them
Old Faithful - the main reason for my visit to Yellowstone
The Old Faithful area is a village in itself with its own Post Office,
huge car parks and millions of people.
Old Faithful erupts every 40 to 126 minutes
(give or take 8 hours, Park Ranger Joke)
This is what I saw when I arrived, scroll sideways
It must have been my lucky day because as soon as I finished
taking the above picture, I heard the ooohhs and aaahhs
so I just kept clicking.
The eruption went on for over 3 minutes
This Guy was keeping an eye on me
War of the Worlds except this time the Aliens and the Viruses killed the Natives.
Lots of early American History in this region, some good, some not so good.
Bozeman to Moorcroft
Custer's Last Stand at Little Big Horn, the Indians Won for a change.
This site is a National Park
The short story
US Cavalry, the hunter
A melting pot
Native Cavalry, the hunted
Cavalry markers where they fell
Crazy Horse says
US Cavalry Memorial
Moorcroft to Valentine
In 3D, heading away from the Mountains
Crazy Horse Memorial, carved out of a mountain in the Black Hills
of South Dakota. Only the face has been completed and that has taken 60 years,
it was started in 1948 and at the rate they are going will probably take another
100 years. The original sculptor is dead, his wife and 10 children carry on the work.
The carving is done with dynamite, it is absolutely Huge, Massive, BIG.
The face at the un-veiling
When its finished
Look for the Yellow Bus
Straight after Crazy Horse I went to Mt. Rushmore which is nearby and it was an
anti-climax because all four heads are only as big as Crazy Horseís head, still
very impressive and many more visitors
After that I rode to the Wounded Knee Massacre site where Native men, women
and children were killed by the army, it was sad because there is only a Rusty
Sign and a Mass grave compared to Custerís Last Stand which is a National Park.
The Mass grave
The Cannon were up here and the Natives at the bottom of the hill
Chicago - Big Steel City
Definitely a BIG city, steel canyons with every tall building trying to look different,
clean, organized and impersonal.
Valentine to Cedar Falls
Flat and boring, many small towns flying the flag
Cedar Falls to Chicago
Illinois Toll roads start around Chicago about 80 cents every 5km
Chicago Street, where the sun don't shine
Sears Tower, 3rd tallest building in the World ?
Planetarium, Aquarium, Field Museum Complex
Lake Michigan, it should be called a Sea
Trains flying over head
The Fire Department also runs the Ambulance Service and the fastest way to
get around is on a bike
Michigan Street, The Magnificent Mile
Ambulance Sirens Non-stop, giving everyone a heart attack
Navy Pier, food, drink and some rides
Toronto or Trono as the locals say, Niagara Falls lots of water and Ann Arbor
University Town. Time to catch up with Family and Friends.
Rode from Chicago to Toronto via Port Huron, uneventful border crossing, got
stuck in a traffic jam on the freeway for 2 hours just out of Toronto, very warm.
Chicago to Toronto
I stayed with my Uncle and Aunt here, they made me very welcome, thank you
for your hospitality.
Canada Geese, millions everywhere
CN tower through the Trono smog
City Hall Clock Tower
Another City Hall
City Hall Art
Casa Loma, Rich Man's Dream Home
Lots of Tourists
CN Tower from Casa Loma
Inside Casa Loma
CN Tower very tall concrete structure.
Stood in queues all day to get to the top and then queued up again to get back
That Trono smog again
Trono Botanical Gardens
Trono City Square
Covered Street's for Winter
The Blue Lines represent Trono's Underground City
Toronto to Niagara Falls and back
Niagara Falls, Lake Erie pouring into Lake Ontario
This is looking at them from the Canadian Side
Maid's of the Mist, that's what the boats are called
Bridge to the USA
They have one here as well and yes, I did go up, I just love heights
Viewing Platform on the USA side
I rode to Ann Arbor from Toronto with a friend riding a BMW, following the
backroads along Lake Erie part of the way
We stopped at Port Dover, Lake Erie for lunch, that beach could be anywhere,
it is real.
Look at the Beach Toys
Border crossing had a queue took an hour to get through
and coming the other way were the millions that cross the border to work
every day. After that road works through Detroit delayed things further.
I stayed with an old Friend and his Family in Ann Arbor, they made me very
welcome, thank you for your hospitality.
While there I serviced my bike and fitted a new tyre, the old one still had tread
but had developed a split or cut, nasty.
I also organised my ticket back to Perth and shipping for my bike as well,
a story in itself.
Ann Arbor Lake
I think that's a Duck
and those two are Superman and Superwoman on Patrol
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