Idaho Falls, Idaho: I spent this day which celebrates American independence the way I am spending every other day this summer — in the saddle. Today’s ride into Idaho Falls was another almost-perfect day with beautiful but unchallenging terrain, clear blue sunny skies, and the wind at our back. Today’s ride required navigation through a series of country roads, which I imagine are sleepy on any occasion but especially so on a Sunday morning. Our route passed through more scenic farmland.
There was much display of patriotism along the way, with many homes sporting the stars and stripes. This is the first July 4th I have spent in the States in sixteen years, and Independence Day is taken seriously and passionately in Idaho Falls, with a renown fireworks display and a parade. But I’ll see none of that because in Idaho Falls, this year July 4th is celebrated on July 3rd. Go figure.
The Snake River flows through town:
Today I spotted several candidates for my quest to find the Prettiest Barn in America:-
Tomorrow we cross into Wyoming and hit the hills. During tonight’s route rap Mike Munk, our ride leader, said: “If you liked today you’re gonna hate tomorrow.” There’s alot of uneasiness among the riders about climbing Teton pass, whose summit is at 8,431 feet. We’re advised to carbo load and hydrate well tonight, and will get an extra early (6:00am) start tomorrow. Thankfully, Mike takes safety and bike maintenance very seriously. Yesterday we had a group bike inspection to make sure all the bike’s mechanical parts are in good working order for the monster descent from Teton Pass.
Day 14 summary:
Day 14 route: Pocatello to Idaho Falls, Idaho
Day 14 mileage: 132 miles; 67 miles
Cumulative mileage: 972 miles per my odometer
Elevation: 419 feet of climbing
Cumulative Elevation: 34,769 feet of climbing