This past Labor Day weekend we had the great opportunity to travel to Teton Valley Idaho and take part in the 4th annual Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival hosted by Grand Targhee Resort. Joe loaded all of his IRONMAN gear and an off road hand cycle into a trailer, and along with this trusty companion Henry Dog, he embarked on one of his first solo long distance drives from Missoula to Driggs, ID.
While at the event we teamed up with the Kurt, Ryan and Michael from Teton Adaptive Sports to help spread the word about adaptive outdoor recreation and demonstrate some of the equipment Joe will be using for IRONMAN Florida. On Saturday the great staff at Grand Targhee Resort, our friends from Teton Adaptive Sports and resident photographer Eric Helgoth, all teamed up to get Joe, his hand cycle, and our film crew on the chairlift to the top of Fred’s Mountain. Once up there, Joe and Ryan did the first ever downhill runs on off road hand cycles at Targhee! It was one of the most incredible experiences for all of us! It also validated the fact that the new trails they are putting in can indeed work for hand cycles.
Sunday our good friend David Treinis introduced us to Geordie Gillett, owner of Grand Targhee Resort. Geordie had heard that we rode Bullwinkle Trail the day before and suggested we might try their newest flow trail called Otter Slide. We loved the idea but realized that it was not yet accessible for hand cycles because started half way down the mountain and was usually accessed from other trails. Not wanting to miss this opportunity to make things work, Geordie offered to get a pick up truck and load Joe, his hand cycle, 5 other riders, our bikes, and our camera gear. He then drove us up the mountain so we could give Otter Slide a try.
It was a perfect example of the what Joe Stone, as a quadriplegic, is so passionately trying to promote; pushing through the boundaries of perceived limitations to discover what is possible. We all had a great time enjoying outdoor recreation together and learning more about what is possible, no matter what your physical ability or type of gear you use.
We will definitely be back and we will bring more friends to the Valley! Thanks for your support and commitment to creating more accessible outdoor recreation opportunities!
Till next time! Enjoy the ride down Otter Slide!