Cycling Date: Wednesday 24-June-15
Mileage: 53 miles
Weather: 60s to start. Upper 80s to end. Sunny. Winds out of the northwest.
Highlights of the day:
The heat has found us. It’s coming up gradually but with purpose. Today we touched the low 90s after everyone was at the hotel. Seems the mercury will trending upward for most of our trek across Idaho. There is some hope that we will stay ahead of most of the really hot 100+ temps. It will be what it will be. We just need to be well prepared and out early for the next few days.
The happy buzz word for today is TAILWIND! The wind was blowing hard and decidedly in our favor. The result was a very quick 53 mile day with broad smiles on just about every cyclist as they rolled into the hotel parking lot.
Our route started with a quiet bike path along the Boise River. A quick uphill and then the riders entered I-84 for a 12-mile stretch. Not quit as serene but the highway did have a nice wide and relatively clean shoulder. Relatively means we had a few of flats caused by little tiny wires and not so tiny staples. But what’s a ride without fixing a few flats?
We had our one and only SAG stop at a Sinclair truck stop and then continued off the highway on Old Highway 30. This road doesn’t see much traffic at all. It quietly meanders through horse and cattle country. Brown hills and lots of sage dotted the landscape. And the sky? HUGE. We’re getting into big sky country. Yes, I know it’s not Montana but the sky just stretched forever.
This afternoon & evening is a time to rest up and hydrate for tomorrow. Mileage will be up into the 90s. The relatively short mileage today was a nice warm up after a day off. Tomorrow we get back to work!