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Day 57: Boise, ID to Nysse, OR 07.24.16

Today was a bit chaotic, but overall a good day.

We dedicated today’s ride to one of Maren’s volleyball teammates, Mason Lemay. She is celebrating being free of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma for 6 months now.

We left Boise a little late today, around 7:40. We knew we had a 62 mile day, and I think everyone was looking forward to a leisurely paced day. Most groups ended up stopping for coffee or breakfast at some point. It is always a good way to meet people along the way and get to see some places we wouldn’t otherwise go to.  Three groups enjoyed a diner breakfast at Bob’s Sunrise Café, and two kind strangers, Mike and Wendy McGowan, paid for our breakfast. We were all shocked and so thankful when Wendy came to wish us luck on the rest of our trip and let us know that our bill was covered. I don’t know how many times I have said this, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to see all of the good there is in this world.

We all reconvened at the 40 mile rest stop later in the day. Our ride was slightly downhill almost all day and there was not a lot of wind. It was the perfect day to ride. Therefore, we were making great time despite our many stops. It was at this rest stop that we learned that our scheduled stay over in Ontario accidentally double booked tonight and couldn’t accommodate our group. A giant “call every place you can find on Google” commenced. We called at least 35 churches, theaters, bowling alleys, park districts, etc. trying to find somewhere that would take us. We didn’t have a lot of luck, and it definitely didn’t help that it was Sunday. Finally, a couple in the gas station parking lot asked what we were up to and called some people they knew. We are so grateful for them because we ended up being able to stay at a church in Nysse, OR.

We spent the rest of the day eating our pasta and lentils, cleaning our bikes, and relaxing.

We are less than 2 miles over the Oregon border, but we are here! Looking forward to seeing more tomorrow!


Day 56: Rest Day in Boise 07.23.16

The team had a lot of fun today. We are all grateful that Shubham initiated looking into and booking whitewater rafting for all of us. We left around 8:30 and drove about 40 minutes to Read more…

Day 55: Glenns Ferry to Boise 07.22.16

This morning Lindsey suggested we dedicate our ride to Dayna Willis. She is suffering from breast cancer, and tomorrow is her 51st birthday. Since tomorrow is a rest day, we thought about her during our Read more…

Day 54: Twin Falls to Glenns Ferry 07.21.16

We did a great job being efficient today. We had 70 miles and were all in around 2:00 today. It was important to keep moving because the temperature reached 102 degrees this afternoon. Thankfully we Read more…

Day 52: Pocatello to Rupert 07.19.16

Our stay over this morning provided a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, yogurt, fruit and granola. The pancakes gave us a positive start to the day because it is always nice to have a hot meal.  Read more…

Day 51: Day 51: Idaho Falls to Pocatello 07.18.16

Today was a short, quick 53 mile day. We rolled out around 7:30 and arrived at our stay over by 1:00. The route today was straightforward and we beat the heat and wind. Our hosts Read more…