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Teton County: Wealthiest county in the US

Jackson Hole is western equivalent of Disney World. Jackson resides in the middle of Teton county, the wealthiest county in the US. It is also the only county in Wyoming that went “Blue” and voted for Obama in 2008. Half the people here hate Obama and liberals and the other half hate conservatives and the Tea Party. Dick Chaney lives in Jackson, at least some of the time. I’ve already gotten into one argument about politics and after a week I feel it is time to get started on my trip. Let me say that while Jackson Hole is one big tourist trap, it is very hospitable to bikes, although many of the locals drive pick up trucks and seem oblivious to bikers. A Mexican dishwasher was killed last Wednesday, circumstances unknown, and once you get out of town you really have to be careful, especially when it gets dark. Tetons:

They are truly spectacular. Jackson is about 6200 feet in elevation and The Grand, the largest of the Tetons rises to just under 14,000 feet. The bike trails are wonderful, they zoom up and down like roller coasters and you are constantly surrounded by the spectacular scenery.

Jackson has become an absurd caricature of “an authentic western town” with “authentic western cowboys”. Although it must be admitted that some of the hats are real(and maybe some of the cowboys!), You won’t see too many brawls in this here saloon…

After about 3 seltzer and cranberry’s I was ready to leave this joint…But this is what it looks like at night…

Tomorrow the bike fandango begins in earnest. I’m really ready to go and face this incredibly beautiful country on my bike and with my wits. Most people carry guns around here, I went to a gun show yesterday and everybody views guns as some sort of life accessory. More in the weeks to follow…;


About crazyflybikeguy

I got my first bike when i was six years old, a classic Schwinn with a lamp in front and streamers coming out of the handle bars. Over the years this bike evolved into a mustang style, prototype BMX style bike with a banana seat. I miss that bike as much as I miss my first and only dog. I've worked as a courier off and on over the years and continue to ride my bike 18 miles from my house in Mill Basin Brooklyn to Manhattan.

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