It was gorgeous this AM – close to 60 when we left with some big breezes – fortunately most were at our back. Our fastest average speed of the trip today and that was with Debra whining most of the way. Something I ate at dinner last night did not quite agree with me so I was rumbling all night – did not sleep well. 5:30 came early and we did bike safety checks after breakfast.
We were on the road shortly after 8:00 AM – mostly swift breezes pushing us through beautiful small farm country.
Now my biggest problem was I decided to go back to the bike seat I started with. A bit narrower and a lot harder. It felt like I was riding an ax handle. I thought 65 miles would be OK to check it out. Boy was I wrong. We went through at least 10 miles of the hardest, pebbly roads you can imagine. My quads and arms were tired from trying to balance off my seat. By mile 50, after another several miles of pebbly roads, I was ready to pitch the bike (or maybe just the seat) in the Snake River. fortunately Bob had lots of patience and continued to ride with me despite all the moans, groans and cursing. He put on my more padded seat as soon as we had access to our luggage. Tomorrow should be a better day (for riding anyway.)
I have found the last two days that there are more irritated drivers in this part of Idaho. But any people you talk to are friendly, chatty and interested.
We are staying at a hotel right across the street from the falls. They are man mad and nothing spectacular but there is a large park & walkway that was cool and pretty today. Beautiful in the shade – warm it the sun. As we waited for our room to be ready we did our laundry and tried to even our tans at the pool (but it was pretty hot.)
Tomorrow a 90 miler with 5,000 feet of elevation. We are biking through Teton Pass to Jackson Hole Wyoming. The almost 9,000 feet elevation has me worried about my oxygen … BUT slow and steady (and lots of water) gets us to the end. I guess the next day is also substantial climbing as we will cross the Continental Divide. Looking forward to a new state and new challenge. Going to bed early tonight as breakfast is at 5:30 and luggage load is at 6:15 – we should be on the road by 6:30.