Day 57: Boise, ID to Nysse, OR

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!


Comments (2)
  • Lindsey's Mom says:

    Dori, I love how you are always positive in your posts, even in the midst of chaos, ie “today was a bit chaotic but overall a good day!” It makes me smile.
    I hope you and everyone else is staying positive, venting appropriately when needed, and then letting it go.
    Thank you to all the kind souls out there…, Mike and Wendy, Debbie whose driveway you borrowed, the church in Nysse, and all the other folks along the way and at the places you have stayed.
    Glad the ride was good. It’s good for the body and the mind. Continue to enjoy the ride, and take in as much as you can. And yay Oregon!
    Stay safe. Sleep well,

  • frontpage frontpage says:

    Thank you! I appreciate your comment and encouragement very much!

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