Cycling Date: Tuesday 22-June-15
Weather: Upper 60s to start. Upper 80s to end. Bright sunshine all day long.
Highlights of the day:
The last day of our first leg was a relaxing 64 miles – short(ish) and relatively flat(ish) . I’m not sure if Day 1 seems like yesterday or 3 months ago. We finished our eighth day of cycling and accumulated over 640 miles with 28,000+ feet of climbing. It makes me tired just typing that!
A few blocks up the road from the hotel, we crossed our first state line from Oregon into Idaho. Staff member Karen says we finished the best state of the tour (she’s from Oregon). With the incredible weather and diverse scenery, one might be led to agree with her. For now, I’ll remain neutral. Let’s get a few more states under our belt before we draw any hard and fast conclusions. :)
Today’s route went through more farm country before we hit the suburban area outside of Boise. We saw horses, cows, buffalo, goats, and lots of dogs of the friendly variety. We passed and smelled fields of mint, onions, garlic, and lavender. Maybe that’s why we were so hungry when we got into town?
Starting around noon, riders rolled into a hip little area of Boise called Hyde Park, and practically took over the 13th Street Pub & Grill for lunch. Each rider saw the steadily expanding row of bikes outside and stopped to join the festivities. Full of food and good cheer, they rolled the last miles to the motel and settled in for our first day off.
We said goodbye to two of our family at rap today. George joined us for the Northwestern Tour to see how we operate. I have a sneaking suspicion that we will see him again on another AbB tour. Staff mechanic Michael (aka Arizona Mike) has to return to his real job in the Phoenix area. His skills and goofy sense of humor will be missed. Riders need not worry about our mechanic support, however. Michael passed the wrench off to Mike Munk to take on the role as lead mechanic for the rest of the tour. For those of you not familiar with this Mike, he has a bit of experience with AbB. A bit of experience being nearly 20 years. I think he will come up to speed quite nicely and keep our riders rolling.