Cycling Date: Saturday 27-June-15
Mileage: 86 miles
Weather: Upper 60s to start. Mid 90s to end. Slightly overcast to start the morning. Very sunny to end the day. Winds mostly out of the east and north.
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 in our face to start the day but not all that strong. Towards the end of the day, we welcomed the head or cross wind as it kept us cooler than expected with the rising temperatures.
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 low winds, it went by fairly quickly. There wasn’t a lot of vehicle traffic but plenty of cows and other fauna on the open range. We got on I-86 for a short stretch to our new first SAG of the day at a rest area. Facilities and picnic tables sure beat the deserted store we gave up for this new location. After our first SAG, we returned to frontage roads that follow 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 our 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.