Cycling Date: Sunday 29-June-14
Mileage: 65 miles
Weather: Upper 50s to start. Upper 70s to end. Not a cloud in the sky. Winds out of the southwest.
Highlights of the day:
We had our fifth straight day of strong tailwinds and cooler temperatures. It is hard not to think that we will have to do something in return. The important part is that we enjoy our current good fortune.
We gave up the frontage road in favor of farm roads. The route zigzagged through field after field of crops. Mostly wheat and potatoes. Had to be potatoes. We are in Idaho! And then there were the dogs. Lots of dogs. The kind of dogs that come onto the street and run after anything on wheels. The staff in vans did a great job of scoping out the situation and getting the more aggressive dogs to go inside. I can say this because I was riding towards the back and only had one dog that came out to run with us. Perhaps they were just bored after chasing the first 35 riders that came by. I can’t say that I missed the excitement.
One SAG stop divided today’s ride. The second half continued through farmland with occasional views of the Snake River – wide and calm, reflecting the sun. Coming into Idaho Falls we crossed the Snake River right at the town’s namesake, Idaho Falls. It’s not the huge spectacle of Niagara Falls but a quieter beauty that can be enjoyed on the bike paths that border both banks of the river.
Today was a well-timed “active recovery” day. Lower mileage and into the hotel early. Tonight we need to sleep well for tomorrow we will climb!