I suppress my natural clautrophobia and thrust myself into the crush of humanity at Yellowstone Park's Old Faithful.
The crystalline and tranquil Redfish Lake in Stanley, Idaho boosted my spirits after wading through the crush of tourists at Old Faithful.
Weary of the East Coast, the Rettigs packed up their van, headed to Oregon, and named their property Lorien, after Tolkien's magic forest.
Despite the increasing demand for their pottery, both Karl and Jeanette Smiley eschew the label of "artists." Says Karl, whose goal was never to be a potter: "I just wanted to live here."
"Snortin' Norton" at month three and mile 8,000 of the motorcycle tour.
PHOTO: JOEL BOURNE