I don't really need a good reason to go on a motorcycle trip, whether it be for the adventure of exploring a new area, tackling a challenging road, or just getting away from my daily routine. But this ride is something special, and I'm excited to get to ride through Yellowstone National Park, a perfectly good reason for a trip! I can't wait to witness the beauty and wildlife of the very first national park.
It's early September, which seems like the perfect time for riding because of the comfortable temperatures during the day. I'm part of a group of 12 riders from the U.S. and Europe who were brought together by the Idaho Department of Commerce to share the beauty of this part of the world. We collect our Harley-Davidsons in Idaho Falls, and I get the opportunity to ride the XR1200X, a nimble motorcycle that I like because of its agility.
We leave the city behind us, heading east on the Swan Valley Highway, surrounded by open farmland. It's chilly this morning, and the sky is crisp blue. It's a magical moment when we cross the Snake River, the sun reflecting on the water, turning it into liquid silver. A few sweepers lead us into the Targhee National Forest, and we get a first glimpse of the harsh mountain range of the Tetons before we stop for gas in Victor.