Mileage: 86 miles
Weather: Low 60s to start. Upper 80s to end. Sunny all day long. Kicking wind out of the west – TAILWIND!
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. We could not and still cannot say enough positive things about today’s weather. Cooler temperatures than we’ve seen in many years for this area for this time of year and steadily increasing winds at our back – we were confused but not one of us complained.
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 favorable 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 first SAG of the day at a rest area and then 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. We keep talking about getting one of our own.
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 FLEW along mostly flat frontage roads into Pocatello. Moderate temperatures & a kicking tailwind. Those are two descriptions that we don’t always get to use for Pocatello in July. Today we did and we loved it!