The Ashton to Tetonia Bike Trail

During the Fourth of July weekend last summer, my wife and I visited family in Idaho and took our bikes to ride The Ashton to Tetonia bike trail. With my favorite cycling camera, the Olympus Stylus Epic DLX (1997), in my back jersey pocket, we stopped at several spots to enjoy the scenery and capture some photos.

The Ashton to Tetonia bike trail is a scenic route in eastern Idaho that spans approximately 30 miles between the towns of Ashton and Tetonia. The trail follows the old rail bed of the Yellowstone Branch of the Oregon Short Line Railroad, which was in operation from 1908 to 1975. The trail offers stunning views of the Teton Range, the Big Hole Mountains, and the rolling hills of the surrounding landscape. Along the way, you pass through forests, meadows, farmland, and occasionally see wildlife such as elk, moose, and deer.

The trail is well-maintained and relatively flat, making it accessible to cyclists of all levels. However, it is important to note that the trail is not paved. North of the Bitch Creek Trestle, the large gravel stones were particularly difficult to ride on. There are several access points along the trail, including trailheads in Ashton, Felt, and Tetonia. We joined the trail in Felt and rode south to Tetonia, then turned around and rode back north towards Drummond, stopped and ate lunch in the shade, and rode back to our car parked in Felt.

The Olympus Stylus Epic DLX has a panoramic mode that captures wide-angle shots up to 24mm. The camera basically crops the top and bottom of the frame to create the panoramic effect. On this roll of Ilford HP5 Plus 400, I tried to capture some scenes with the panoramic mode on and then off to compare the images.

Camera: Olympus Stylus Epic DLX (1997)
Film: Ilford HP5 Plus 400
Process: Cinestill DF96 Monobath (3 Min @ 26° C)
Scanned: Epson V700 Photo

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