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Guest Spot: Tim Young shares a ride with Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis


Senator Ellis and Tim Young on the Grand Teton Pathway

Senator Ellis and Tim Young on the Grand Teton Pathway

Tim Young, Executive Director of Wyoming Pathways, shared with us some photos of his recent ride with Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis on the new pathway in Grand Teton National Park.   Tim, thanks for stopping by the shop and sharing your story!

A friend and Executive Director of Bike Texas called and asked me to take visiting Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis on a bike ride.  It sounds like he has helped quite a bit with bicycle related legislation in Texas, and I thought it might be of interest to meet him.

State Senator Ellis checking out Jay Ps' Tour Divide bike

State Senator Ellis checking out Jay Ps' Tour Divide bike

We had a great time. He got the gear he needed, got to meet JayP and then we rode the park pathway. Rodney was a hoot. He thought he was flying to Jackson on a private plane, but he landed in Driggs; he stayed at Huntsman Springs with a really rich friend of his. Rodney and his host were all playing golf with Jon Huntsman, so quite a group. But Rodney would rather ride his bike than play golf, so we went for a nice ride.

 

Senator Ellis and Jay Petervary

Senator Ellis and Jay Petervary

The Grand Teton Pathways have a section in memory of Gabriella Axelrad, a 13 year old girl struck and killed by a car while riding her bicycle. Her death raised the safety issue loud enough for the National Park Service to listen.

Senator Ellis pauses at the signpost for Gabriella Axelrad.

Senator Ellis pauses at the signpost for Gabriella Axelrad.

The Grand Teton Pathways were and instant success, a tremendous boost for park visitors – walking, cycling, road bikes, wheelchairs – all enjoying the national park and healthy outdoor exercise with friends and family.
Another Busy Day on the GTNP Pathway

Another Busy Day on the GTNP Pathway

 

Senator Ellis enjoys the view from the Gros Ventre River pathway bridge.

Senator Ellis enjoys the view from the Gros Ventre River pathway bridge.

The view from the Gros Ventre River pathway bridge, just completed this past year connecting the Town of Jackson to Grand Teton National Park. The project was recognized by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar as one of America’s top Great Outdoors best projects.

Senator Ellis explains the joys of Texas politics.

Senator Ellis explains the joys of Texas politics.



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