I am, of course, referring to the wonderfully named town of Bliss, population 275, which is about midway between Mountain Home and Twin Falls. Today’s cycling was just blissful, pardon the pun. Rolling hills, quiet roads, blue skies, fluffy clouds, and amazingly vast and scenic terrain. As centuries go, today”s 100 mile ride was a fairly effortless one.
We started cycling at around 6:00 am, at a time when the sun was just popping up over the horizon. Many of the farmlands we passed were being irrigated. “Just add water,” in the apt words of co-rider Sandy.
A striking feature of Idaho is the amazing, fluffy cloud formations, which accentuate the vastness and openness of the land:
We didn’t just see clouds today. Beyond Bliss …
We cycled through industrial-sized farmlands, including significant dairy farms, with the aroma of manure waffling in the air …
95 miles later we made it to Snake River Canyon, which Evil Knievel unsuccessfully tried to jump across in the 1970″s. Today, the Perrine Bridge spanning the canyon is one of the few places in the world where BASE jumping is permitted 24x7x365.
Day 11 summary:
Day 10 route: Mountain Home to Twin Falls, Idaho via Bliss
Day 10 mileage: 100.73 miles
Cumulative mileage: 771.9 per my odometer
Today’s Elevation: 2,350 feet of climbing
Cumulative Elevation: 32,000 feet of climbing