Well we are finally in a new state! Idaho! (I always called it the “h” state as the puzzle piece looked like the letter “H”. I know nothing about Idaho so will have to learn that this week as we trace our way across the state. We did fly to Portland, OR with a fellow who is a potato farmer outside Boise. We biked by many, many farms today so I was wishing I remembered where he was from exactly.
After another great breakfast of oatmeal with raisins and fresh fruit we received our directions and got ready for Idaho! Surprise! Bob’s bike had our first flat of the trip. They call them “hotel flats”. YOu wake up in the AM and flat tire. Funny thing was after our time on the Interstate last evening we checked our tires and pumped them … but a tiny hole. I think better before the start with assistance and equipment available is the best (rather than Mile 95 of a 100 mile ride). So we were the last bikers out … got to ride with Jeff, today’s “sweeper” for a while. Karen & Dave-O would love this quick minded punster.
We rode through beautiful small ranches and farm land. You can tell it is dry here, although the farms look very green, because of all of the irrigation going on. “swoosh, swoosh, swoosh” of the water jets … The ranches looked well cared for and prosperous but what surprised me was the number of house trailers and prefab houses. I expected something like “the Ponderosa”. I think the our buildings looked sturdier.
The ABB staff who mapped our ride from Ontario, Or into Boise did a great job! We were never on a highway or really main road. We did go through maybe 1/4 mile of dirt road under construction but otherwise back roads. Of course, this means navigation so more stops than usual but we are getting weary.
We have been seeing a lot of beef cattle (grass-fed) and horses and today a large dairy farm but today we were treated with a field of bison. They were moving away when I spoke to them (unlike the roosters who answer me back …) Very different country – our cameras cannot capture the vast valley we are in, surrounded by brown colored mountains (and an occasional glimpse of snow covered peaks in the background.
We arrived at our hotel shortly after 1:00 PM. Luggage unload was not until 2:00 (we did not stop for a cafe lunch as we just wanted to “be there.” We washed our bikes (again!) and then helped unload luggage so we could shower and get to the local bike shop. AND we did our laundry so tomorrow really is a “free day” We had our RAP for Wednesday morning and had a barbecue supper. 5 riders are leaving us here. We got to know 3 of them pretty well. A talented young lady from Eastern Washington state, 18 years old, getting ready for college and a father and son duo who are doing the trip across country in “stages”. There were supposed to be 2 sons but the other broke his toe just before the ride. They are nice folks from Virginia & Indianapolis and great group people. And now Bob & I are doing our evening communications and so looking forward to a long night sleep with no alarms! We will see what we learn about this city. We know it is the capital as we are not far from the “dome” … lots of museums around .. the rafting interests me but not if it takes much organizing …let us know how you all are doing and what life is like at home ….