Mileage: 38 miles
Weather: Sunny and warm. Low 60s to start. Upper 80s to end. Very few clouds.
Highlights of the day:
After nearly 100 miles yesterday, no one really complained about going just shy of 40 today. Today was very relaxed. Everyone slept in or at least tried, had a nice breakfast, and left for our 38 mile ride at 8:30. On the way many stopped at two falls of note - Shoshone Falls and Twin Falls. Both were off the route and added a few more miles & some good climbing as well. The views of Shoshone Falls were definitely worth the effort. Twin Falls was just a few more miles up the road. This location had, as the name implied, two sets of falls. Although it was difficult to tell with one of them completely surrounded by a hydroelectric project. More pictures were taken and then it was time to get back on route to Burley.
The route traveled through fields on frontage roads along I-84. We saw more of the large array of irrigation technology that has been prevalent over the last few days. Lots of potatoes, sugar beets, and alfalfa were the crops I could identify. Or at least I hope I identified them correctly. I can say that we saw one of the largest walls of hay on the way into town. Pulling random numbers out of the air, it had to be at least 30’ tall, 50’ deep and at least 500’ long. I took pictures. None of them came out. I swear. It was really big!!
We arrived at the motel several hours before check-in time but were greeted by a very friendly hotel staff with ice water and clean rooms. To add a little fun, we held our annual America by Bicycle scavenger hunt. We might have folks who range in age from the mid-20s to the mid-70s. Today, we all congregated right around 12-14 years old as we scoured the landscape for odd items on our hunt list. Teams get points for creativity, so we all enjoyed the found items and the associated stories that were shared after dinner tonight. The winning team won fabulous prizes including first in line for tomorrow's buffet and their photo on the ride journal. The excitement was palpable! :) Time to hydrate and rest up for tomorrow.