Mileage: 53 miles
Weather: 60s to start. Lower 90s to end. Sunny. Winds out of the south.
Highlights of the day:
While the heat isn’t as bad as it could be, it is warmer than most of what we’ve experienced since the beginning of the tour. It did hit triple digits in Boise on our off day but it “only” went up to the mid-90s today. Keep the bike moving, find shade when possible if you need to stop, and hydrate. We are in the high desert of Idaho. It will be what it will be. We just need to be well prepared and out early for the next few days.
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.
We found one interesting street sign. We’re not sure if they were lost at the time or had amazing loooong distance x-ray vision to see through mountains or they were planning ahead for the really really big earthquake that will bring the Pacific Ocean inland. Smack in the middle of the dessert with no water visible for miles around us was a street named Ocean View Lane. Ocean View Lane. We were at a loss for words but not for having fun taking pictures.
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!