Pocatello, Idaho: As we make our way across the southern base of Idaho, the past two days have revolved around four themes: Falls, as in spectacular waterfalls; Fueling, to keep the wheels spinning; Finding, through a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt; and plenty of Fluff in the air and on the ground.
First, the Falls. Yesterday we set out from Twin Falls and took two small detours to see the two waterfalls for which Twin Falls is named. Shoshone Falls, which is considered the Niagara of the West, was impressive. The eponymous Twin Falls is actually a single but powerful fall.
Near the waterfalls is a Ghost Bike, which honors a fallen rider. This death occurred just over a year ago and is a chilling reminder of the danger in cycling, even on back roads.
Another view of Snake River Canyon:
Over the past two days we have cycled 132 miles across vast farmland and climbed just 2,350 feet, so it’s been easy going with favorable wind and weather conditions. All this pedalling requires frequent refuelling. I feel like I’m constantly eating probably because I am constantly eating on this trip. Here are three examples of how we refueled today:-
Properly refueled at the SAG stops, we continued on a wonderful ride along Baseline Road, the ‘Loneliest Road in America.” This offered a long ride through vast open spaces with very few vehicles.
There’s been much Fluff in the air and on the ground. Idaho’s clouds continue to mesmerize:
On the ground there’s also some amazing fluff. The wheat fields shimmer in the wind and create a beautiful satin-like flowing sensation:
The Idaho farms are industrial-sized, with wheat and potatoes seemingly the two most ubiquitous crops. There are many dairy farms, and even a sheep farm such as this one right outside Burley:
In riding through all this farmland I am surprised by the scarcity of pretty barns to photograph. Here are two candidates for my quest to see the Prettiest Barn in America:
Yesterday was also about Finding stuff. All kinds of weird stuff. Yesterday’s ride of 39 miles (without the detours to the waterfalls) is the shortest ride of the entire journey. However, America by Bike (the trip organizer) staged a fun scavenger hunt. My team, aptly named “Loose Change,” consisted of Leo, Sandy and Rod and I. Some of the things we had to hunt down on our ride between Twin Falls to Burley included:
– Church key
– Idaho quarter (extra credit if it’s from the Philadelphia mint)
– A pretty rock
– A piece of fan belt
– A clothes pin (extra credit if it works but has no spring)
– Golf ball (extra credit for a #4)
– A sample of American Repillas Tyrus
– A bottle cap (extra credit for a 7 Up cap)
– Sprig of alfalfa
– Popsicle stick
– Blue flower
Finally today, in passing through a town called Chubbuck, I spotted this motivating sign in front of a used car dealership. What a laudatory effort to build self-esteem — just don’t enter through the front door!
Days 12 and 13 summary:
Days 12 and 13 route: Twin Falls to Burley (Day 12) then on to Pocatello, Idaho (Day 13)
Days 12 and 13 mileage: 132 miles; 46 miles (Day 12) and 86 miles (Day 13)
Cumulative mileage: 905 per my odometer
Elevation: 2,350 feet of climbing
Cumulative Elevation: 34,350 feet of climbing
Terrain: gently rolling
Tomorrow we head to Idaho Falls on our last day in the state. On Monday we climb into the Tetons. Can’t wait!