Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Day 10: Heading West to Boise Through a Wind Tunnel

Today was mainly a moving on day.

I had a leisurely morning and enjoyed Idaho trout and eggs for breakfast at the Wort. Have not had trout in a long time and I don’t think ever for breakfast. The trout must be big in Idaho and it was awfully tasty.

I finally left Jackson at 11:00 and headed over Teton Pass (US 22). I pretty much stay on US 22 all the way to Boise.

It was very windy in Jackson and there were high wind warnings for Idaho, with a high fire danger. The ride was pleasant over the pass and through Teton Valley.

When I got to Swan Valley the winds picked considerably and from that point all the way to Boise the wind was blowing 20 to 30 miles per hour out of the South, with gusts up to 40 MPH. This was not fun since I was headed due West. The cross winds were fierce.

I met two guys riding BMW K1200 ST’s at a rest stop by the Snake River who were also heading to the BMW MOA. Tom and Jim – Tom was from Georgia and Jim from Ohio.

We rode together for about 150 miles or so and they turned off to go through the Saw Tooth Mountains in Idaho. I thought about joining them, but since I wanted to make it to Boise by 6:00 or so it didn’t make sense, as it would have added about an extra 120 miles to a 350 mile day. We parted company at Idaho 75. I’m sure I’ll see them at the Rally.

The remainder of the ride was unremarkable – other than the bloody wind.
I made Boise at 6:30 and that’s it for the day

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