Bicycle Idaho, 2004
We enjoyed last year's Bicycle Idaho 2003 tour and planned to join the tour again this year. Last year's route was a loop in Southern Idaho. This year's route is a loop in Southeast Idaho, Western Wyoming, and Northeast Utah. As always, the tour was organized by Bicycle Rides Northwest, a company based in Bend, Oregon.
|July 25||Pocatello, ID||Ririe, ID||79||1444|
|July 26||Ririe, ID||Jackson, WY||75||5080|
|July 27||Layover in Jackson||20||?|
|July 28||Jackson, WY||Henry, ID||85||2696|
|July 29||Henry, ID||Garden City, UT||78||2500|
|July 30||Garden City, UT||Preston, ID||71||3117|
|July 31||Preston, ID||Pocatello, ID||78||2561|
24 July 2004 (Saturday)
We drive to Pocatello from our home in Bend. The tour group registers
and camps at the Fairgrounds. The tents are packed closely together and
there are lots of conversations amongst friends from home and previous
25 July (Sunday)
We leave Pocatello and ride north, paralleling I-15, sometimes to the
west and sometimes to the east on side roads. We eventually turn east
to enter Ririe and camp at the Ririe High School.
26 July (Monday)
Today is a scenic and adventurous day. We leave Ririe and ride towards the Tetons on Highway 26 crossing the Snake River soon before Swan Valley.
At Swan Valley we stop for ice cream, then turn north on Highway 31, climb over Pine Creek Pass, then drop down to Victor, where we first see the Tetons from the west.
From Victor we cross into Wyoming and climb steeply to Teton Pass (8422 feet). I decide not to stop for any photos while climbing - I want to see if I can make the summit without stopping.
to Jackson on the east side of Teton Pass is steep (10% grade for 6 miles)
with some traffic. At one point it seems I am leaning too far over my
handlebars due to the steepness - I feel I might fall over them. I decide
to start breaking at 48 mph. Linda reaches 52 mph, a personal record,
but Doug says he reached 54 mph. We camp in a field near a creek in Jackson.
27 July (Tuesday)
Today is a layover in Jackson. Linda, Doug, and I ride to Grand Teton National Park for a view of the Tetons, but otherwise make it a short day on the bike and spend some time visiting Jackson.
28 July (Wednesday)
We leave Jackson on a cool but sunny morning along bike paths and eventually join Highway 89 and ride along the Snake River. At Hoback Junction we turn west on Highway 26 and continue following the Snake River to Alpine.
We leave the Snake River here and ride south on Highway 89 for a few miles, then turn west on Highway 34 and return to Idaho. We climb a gentle grade for several miles and drop into a valley on the other side and ride along the southern shore of Grays Lake and the Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
We end the day's ride at a "resort" near the shore of
Blackfeet Reservoir and camp there. It was a long but scenic day.
29 July (Thursday)
It is a cold and clear morning as we leave Henry and ride south to Soda Springs. We get a snack at a convenience store in Soda Springs, then turn south on Highway 30 and pass the "Soda Springs International Aerodrome", a small airfield, and follow the highway to Montpelier.
The country is open with rolling hills. We turn west on Highway 89 and ride through Montpelier, hoping to find a coffee shop without success. The route continues south along the western shore of Bear Lake to enter Utah and arrive at Garden City, where we camp tightly together in a field alongside a KOA.
30 July (Friday)
Today begins with a scenic climb out of Garden City west towards Logan. The sun is rising over Bear Lake as we make the switchbacks above the town.
After about 1800 feet of climbing we reach Logan Pass and drop down the other side in quite cold morning air. The air warms as we continue descending into Logan Canyon and we enjoy a fun ride to Logan, where we stop for ice cream produced by the Food Technology Department at Utah State University.
The route takes us along back streets through Logan
and then out into the valley heading north. We cross back into Idaho and
camp at a school in Preston, Idaho.
31 July (Saturday)
Breakfast service is very slow, so a few of us leave to try to find a cafe in Preston. Unfortunately, the only restaurant available early Saturday is McDonald's.
We then try to gain some time by riding Highway 91 north rather than the indicated side roads to the first food stop, but we decide we did not save much time and experienced more traffic that way.
route continues north on Highway 91 through several small towns, then
parallels I-15 to Pocatello. Traffic in Pocatello is heavy and the afternoon
is getting hot so we are very happy to finish the tour back at the Fairgrounds.