Ride Idaho Past Rides
The 2008 Ride Idaho Host Communities: Idaho Falls, St. Anthony, Driggs, the YMCA Big Elk Creek Camp, Soda Springs, Lava Hot Springs, and Pocatello, all proved to be incredible communities with the most helpful and friendly of citizens.
We had beautiful weather, even a couple of rain showers, and some of the most gorgeous scenery to date. In just the first two days the cyclists experienced the dwarfing ability of 50 enormous wind turbines while riding through a wind farm east of Idaho Falls, the incredible beauty of Mesa Falls, and the awe-inspiring ride towards Driggs with the majestic Tetons guiding their way. The Big Elk Creek YMCA Camp along Palisades Reservoir, while logistically challenging, was well worth the effort with its starry skies untouched by city lights, rushing stream, and the hottest showers of the week!
Soda Springs and Lava Hot Springs, while not as visually dramatic as the first couple of days, were rich with history, bubbling springs, timely roaring geysers, and a not-so-lazy tube ride on the Portneuf River. Many of the cyclists were captivated by the historic community of Chesterfield and would have stayed all day if time permitted. Riding into Pocatello and Idaho Falls was a gradual transition from gorgeous valleys to small town Blackfoot with its famous Potato Museum to big city civilization of Idaho Falls and the prospects of Home.
Rolling hills, back roads, chip seal, and open range was the theme of the week. One cyclist commented on how what an amazing experience it was to ride by horses and cows that had obviously never seen such a thing as a human on a bicycle. It's not often that a person gets to ride their bike through such uncharted territory. Most will definitely agree that Eastern Idaho is more than potato fields.