Day 8 - Ontario OR to Boise ID
Weather: Upper 60s to start. Low 90s to end. Bright sunshine all day long. Winds were squirrelly and in our faces a little more that we’d like.
Highlights of the day:
The last day of our first leg was a relaxing 64 miles – short(ish) and relatively flat(ish). We finished our eighth day of cycling and accumulated over 650 miles with 32,000+ feet of climbing. That’s 3000’ more than Mount Everest. Everyone is looking forward to a non-riding day and the opportunity to sleep in the same place for 2 whole nights! It’s the simple things that you begin to appreciate when you’re out on tour.
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 good weather and diverse scenery, one might be led to agree with her. 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, and goats. We passed and smelled fields of mint, onions, garlic, and lavender. Perhaps that is why we were getting a little hungry as we rolled into an area of Boise called Hyde Park. It’s a trendy little neighborhood with cafes and a bike shop or two - the perfect combination. Many of riders stopped in at 13th Street Pub & Grill. We packed the place with red, white & blue jerseys. Watered and fed, they pedaled past the Idaho State Capitol Building, George’s Cycles, and on into the hotel.
This is always the sad part of coming into a rest day. We said goodbye to two of our family today. Mary and Bob, part-time riders, are heading home. They said it was something to do with family and other grownup commitments. Where are their priorities?? Seriously, though, they said they had a great time and we hope they’ll be back.