Day 11 - Mountain Home to Twin Falls ID
Mileage: 97 miles
Weather: Sunny. Low 50s to start. Mid 70s to end. Sort of a tailwind for most of the day.
Highlights of the day:
The distances we ride each day are dictated by logistics, where we can find appropriate places to lodge and feed our flock of riders within reasonable riding distances. The resulting rides can seem a bit odd, and this leg is a prime example. We have both our shortest and longest ride within a few days. Today we rode 97 mi, and tomorrow we ride 38, followed by 87. If only the locals, back in the day, could have been more thoughtful in terms of locating larger towns with proper facilities in terms of consistent cycling distances.
The weather was lovely. The winds weren’t always at our back but they were never all that strong. They did build a bit in the afternoon but there were mostly of the tail variety by that time of day. Temperatures continue to remain moderate. There was just enough cloud cover to keep the sun from baking us. I’m not sure we could ask for anything more. To whomever is talking to whatever, we thank you. We also ask that you continue this conversation for the remainder of the tour.
We had our first significant detour today. Bridge out. No possibility of walking around or through the site. Riders were sent onto the interstate again but with a freshly paved shoulder & no exit/entrance ramps to negotiate, it was quick and painless. The one little bummer is we missed our finding our Bliss. We did ride through a small section of Bliss but the photo op was very limited. Twas very sad but perhaps only to a few of the staff who take this just a wee bit too seriously. 😛
The route was long but fairly flat. We rode through a string of farms and dairies, all on land that can only support agriculture with heavy irrigation. Sprinklers and rolling irrigation systems were everywhere. And livestock. The smell of money is well represented between Mountain Home and Twin Falls. Mostly cows and sheep with a smattering of goats. Riding a bicycle allows you to see the country without the constraints of the steel and glass an automobile imposes. It also allows you to smell, breath, and sometimes taste the surroundings a little more than one might expect.
We finished the day at the Snake River canyon. Stunning views. Photos don’t do it justice. Evel Knievel made the canyon famous back in the 70s when he attempted to jump it in a steam-powered rocket. The steel bridge at Twin Falls is now a favorite of daredevil parachute jumpers – aka BASE jumpers. For you geeks out there, BASE in an acronym for Buildings, Antenna, Spans, and Earth. We saw a few jump this afternoon. If the winds are calm, some of our riders might head back to the bridge to see if there are any jumpers early tomorrow morning.
Today is July 4th. There will be fireworks here in Twin Falls. Unfortunately, for many of us, it happens after dark and that’s just way past our bedtime. I hope those who do venture out take a few photos. G’nite!