Weather: Upper 60s to start. Low 90s 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. That’s nearly to the top of Mount Everest. No wonder the riders are a bit tired.
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 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 even a llama (or was it an alpaca?). We passed and smelled fields of mint, onions, garlic, and lavender. Maybe that’s why we were so hungry when we rolled into town??
Starting around noon, riders rolled into a hip little area of Boise called Hyde Park, and practically took over the Sun Ray Café 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 hotel and settled in for our first day off.
It’s always the sad part of coming into a rest day. We said goodbye to three of our family today. Mark, Mike, and Michael, three part-time riders are heading home. Something about family and work and other grownup commitments. Where are their priorities?? J Seriously, though, we think they had a great time and they’ll be back. We look forward to them riding with AbB again soon.