The tale of a 10 day, 450 mile doorstep-to-doorstep ride around Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains with family and friends, told in installments. This is a ride I’ve wanted to do since moving to Idaho; it did not disappoint.
This was a seasoned touring crew, evident by our cool shades and goofy grins. Katie in particular has countless cycle tours under her belt and has even worked as a guide. My brother Mark has done numerous tours with Katie (his wife) and a few with me. Rob joined my daughter Zoe and I for a portion of our tour across the country and we’ve been itching to ride together since.
Katie personalized the trip by providing Idaho state flags that we flew along with our normal safety flags. She also gave us all aliases, because nothing says Bike Tour like an alias. Mark’s normal safety flag is a US flag, so he wound up Captain America. She thought Rob looked like Jerry Garcia. I was sporting my new “Cat Ears” which look like manly mutton chops. Very Idaho. And Katie was so enamored with her new “Da Brim” visor that she kept the tag on longer than should be tolerated in polite society. Minnie Pearl.
I love route planning almost as much as riding. While I’ve enjoyed my share of organized rides, I can’t help but feel a significant element is missing from them. So I spent a disproportionate amount of time planning a route that would likely be scrapped once we hit the road. As they say in the biz, it’s about the planning, not the plan. Here’s what we started with.