Day 2• Sept 4, 2016 • Celebration Park to Bruneau Dunes • 65 miles
Day Two of the tour dawned with the threat of a recurrence of last night’s rain and no small amount of apprehension. Rationalization was over: we were now committed to what was most likely a criminal act. While I stand by the convictions expressed earlier, in the grand scheme of things it’s difficult to make the case that this act of defiance rises to the level of, say, civil rights or women’s suffrage. We were a band of middle-class white people trespassing on the property of another band of middle-class white people. If anything, this act was embarrassingly trite.
Perhaps Celebration Park’s biggest attraction is Guffey Railroad Bridge. It was built in 1897 for the Boise, Nampa, and Owyhee railroad, intended to carry ore from Silver City to Nampa for smelting. However construction of the track never made it further south than Murphy and was used instead by the farming community. It was “abandoned in 1947, saved from demolition in the 1970s, and purchased and restored by Canyon County in 1989”(1) as part of Celebration Park. It now connects Owyhee and Canyon counties via a rail trail suitable for walking, biking, and horseback riding, providing a rare opportunity to cross the Snake River without getting wet. The nearest bridge is about 4 miles downstream at Walter’s Ferry.
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.
It’s been five years since Slash, Zoe and I last made our traditional weekend overnight ride to Givens Hot Springs, about a 100 mile round trip to the Snake River and back. Slash hasn’t been on a trike since completing our trip across the country. It was past time to get back in the saddle, and this time around we recruited an accomplice.