A real touring bike (that he also uses as a commuter):
The plan was to ride close to 30 miles, just outside of Marsing, Idaho, and spend the night at Givens Hot Springs. We packed the essentials: water, food, sunscreen, bug spray, a tent and sleeping bags (plus a few non-essentials: flashlights, a camera, books, a deck of cards…typically, you want to carry only the stuff you need to minimize weight you’re carrying but since it was just one night and only 30 miles, we didn’t worry too much about it).
We had one casualty during the trip: my front tire went flat as we rolled out of the park and into the town of Marsing.
It doesn’t look like much in this picture, but trust me! It was a monster (one of the many). Mo was a sweetheart and kept cheering me on the whole way. His little GPS on the bike tells him what the temperature is and at one point it was past 100°F! He chose not to tell me so I wouldn’t get discouraged. It was a good call.
Later that afternoon we made it to Given’s Hot Springs and set up camp.
After breakfast, we set out on the road and made great time on the way back to Nampa! The cooler weather really made a difference on the way home.
Speaking of bikes, if you live in the Nampa, Idaho area, Rolling H Cycles (where Mo works as a bike mechanic) is having a sweet end of the season sale on October 5! There will be food and they’ll be introducing the 2014 shop kits (the jersey and bike shorts).
ps. If you missed yesterday’s post, please read it here! It’s all about an October fundraising campaign about helping nurses in need and Dansko is making the giviing a little more fun.