Day 13 - Burley to Pocatello ID
Mileage: 86 miles
Weather: Mid 50s to start. Mid 80s to end. Sunny all day long. Head winds.
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. Temperatures were cool as we rolled but it did eventually make it into the mid 80s. A little warmer than we’re used to but all things considered - not something we can really complain about. The wind, on the other hand, was definitely challenging us. I don’t know the exact velocity but it was in our face for most of the day and it definitely went into double digits. We’ve been very lucky and we were due.
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. 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, some 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 got back on the interstate 2 more times today. After the bumpy chip seal, the shoulder of the highway was a welcomed change. The final stretch was to avoid a really bad section of frontage road that is littered with large cracks, potholes, and a lengthy section of deep, loose gravel. I’m sure any of our 2017 alumni could tell you all about it. It was a road definitely worth missing.
30 miles of frontage road brought the riders into Pocatello and up one last climb to the motel. It wasn’t too bad but at the end of an 80 mile day, it can be a little disconcerting. The good part about that climb is they get to go down it tomorrow. Maybe that’s spinning it a bit? 🙂