Day 12 - Twin Falls to Burley ID
Mileage: 38 (official) miles
Weather: Sunny and moderate. Upper 50s to start. Upper 70s to end. Very few clouds.
Highlights of the day:
It was another beautiful day to be on a bicycle. Bright sunshine. Cool(er) temperatures. Winds, while not exactly in our favor, didn’t really amount to too much.
After nearly 100 miles yesterday, no one really complained about going just shy of 40 today. To add a little fun, we hold our annual America by Bicycle scavenger hunt. While our group has an average age around 62(ish), 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 the staff is looking forward to the items and the associated stories that will be shared after dinner tonight.
Today was very relaxed. Everyone slept in or at least tried, had a nice breakfast, and left for our 38 mile ride at 9:00. Two of the staff headed out early to head DOWN to the golf course at the bottom of the gorge & then climb back out. All 3 of the on-bike staff ventured onto the bike path from Twin Falls to the Shoshone Falls parking lot. It’s a beautiful path the follows along the top of the gorge. Along the way, they even got to see the spot where Even Knievel made his attempt to jump across the gorge. The ramp, or what’s left of it, doesn’t quite look like physics was exactly in his favor. Darn that science-y stuff! They met up with the rest of the riders at the Shoshone Falls overlook. Lots of pictures were taken, then it was time to climb back up to get back on route to Burley. It was an effort but definitely worth the views. Some were even able to get pictures of Waldo. 🤔
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 that we think we could identify. We arrived at the motel for lots of time to hang by the pool or go for a walk or just rest up. Our mileage picks up again tomorrow. A little relaxation might just be the ticket.