Cycling Date: Saturday 28-June-14
Mileage: 86 miles
Weather: Low 60s to start. Mid 70s to end. All range of cloud cover from mostly to partly to all sun. Winds were strong and out of the west.
Highlights of the day:
It was another early morning start. We were greeted with roosters crowing, birds chirping, a few dogs barking and the tick, tick, tick of sprinkler systems waking up to the new day. Winds were quiet to start but built quickly and, once again, in our favor. This group is definitely getting spoiled with tailwinds and cool temperatures. I just hope Mother Nature does not aim to prove that payback can indeed be a, um, less than wonderful with lots of heat and headwinds in our future. But why worry about later when we can enjoy the now?? It’s not like it will change anything.
We spent most of the day on back roads. Chip sealed back roads with many cattle guards. Some of the chip seal had definitely seen better days but with the wind at our back, it went by fairly quickly. There wasn’t a lot of vehicle traffic but plenty of cows and other fauna on the open range. After our first SAG, we returned to frontage roads, this time following I-86. Along the way, many riders stopped at Register Rock. It’s a huge boulder that Oregon Trail emigrants signed as they passed on their journey west. No, there wasn’t a place for the cyclists to sign on their way east on Across America North. We’ll have to get our own one of these years.
We had 7 more miles of Intestate travel today on I-86. After the bumpy chip seal, the shoulder of the highway was a welcomed change. This stretch also seemed to have been recently swept. Smooth and clean – nice combo! Off the Interstate and into American Falls, riders found our second SAG stop. Fed and watered – we headed along mostly flat frontage roads into Pocatello.