Sunday, July 15, 2007

To be continued... Day 12

As of today, Matt is at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. He decided to head to the Sawtooth mountains.

I'll be leaving Tucson tomorrow morning and joining him there on Monday. Check back in next weekend for more trip stories and photos!

Update from Matt!
Day 12 – Garden City to Lava
Hot Springs, ID
86 miles, 6:33, 13.1 avg

New state! Pretty good day of riding with a couple of tough spots. Tried to leave GC a little early keeping hopes alive that I could make it all the way to Pocatello. Early on I could tell it wasn’t going to happen. No downhills anywhere and wind seemed to start early. Cool farmland right after Idaho border. With hazy/smoky skies it almost felt like a fall morning. Took a quick tour of the Paris Tabernacle at the urging of the nice people there. It was well worth the 10 minutes! The builders quarried and stored stones for 20 years before they started construction!

Paris Tabernacle

Fancy woodwork!

Quick stop in Montpelier. Had to nap in Georgetown. Got real painful before lunch in Soda Springs. Rejuvenated, I just happened to catch the eruption of the Geyser, the only “manmade” one in the world. It was a fairly easy ride west along the Cal/Ore Trail to base of last climb before Lava. Not too bad, and great descent right into the campground! Toured town a bit to check out the river scene. Lots of rafters and tubers! Have to go back cuz no phone here at the campground. There’s even Thai food!

Looks real, doesn't it?

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