Day 10 - Boise to Mountain Home ID
Mileage: 53 miles
Weather: 60s to start. Mid 70s to end. Sunny. Winds out of the west.
Highlights of the day:
The weather continues to be seriously in our favor. We saw a high of 75? 75 in July in Mountain Home? Oh and did I mention that the wind was really blowing out of the west. Winds out of the west and we’re going east. Quick math says - TAILWIND! The riders flew today and no one seemed to mind at all. 🤔 We know we’re lucky and we’re not taking this for granted. There will come a day when we have to pay in for what we’re experiencing now. So for now, we’ll say a heartfelt thank you and keep our fingers crossed.
Our route started with a quiet bike path along the Boise River. A moderate climb up Rte 21 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 shoulder with relatively few “tire gators.” Quick definition - tire gators are retread that has come off of tractor trailer rig that are generally surrounded by little tiny wires that love to cause flats. There were relatively few of these so we have relatively few flats. I’ll stop talking about this for fear of changing our luck.
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 a couple of interesting street signs. We’re not sure if they were lost at the time or had amazing loooong telescope 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 and another named Seabreeze Avenue. Ocean? Seabreeze? We were at a loss for words but not for having fun taking pictures.
It was a short day so Rob, our head mechanic, held a “care & feeding of your drive train” clinic. Keeping those bicycles clean and running is important out here (to state the obvious, she thinks…) The rest of afternoon & evening is a time to rest up and hydrate for tomorrow. Mileage will be up into the 90s. The relatively short mileage today with a solid push from behind was a nice warm up after a day off. Tomorrow we get back to work!