The day began with a rain storm which i knew would deter the masses from embarking on this journey with me, but the gathering of friends and family at my restaurant, State & Lemp, quickly warmed the body and soul. After a few pastries, a few cups of coffee, and a few stories, the crew of “hard cores” set out for what would become an unforgettable adventure.
Heading to the mountains the conversations circled around one question, “what trails can we ride?” after debate We decided to try the original route. That decision turned out to be a mistake! Quickly covered in mud and walking through the brush we made the call to descended down to an alternate trail. The start of this trail welcomed us with a 2 foot deep creek crossing. The creek crossing, and the muddy trails that we had encountered in the last few miles deterred some of the riders in the group, but I had no other option but to forge ahead, as I was out for an epic adventure. As I pushed ahead only nine others would join, this turned out to be the right decision. The trails we would encounter for the next 30 plus miles were in perfect condition, perhaps the best conditions I have ever seen in Boise.
Throughout the day we would see rain, snow, sunshine, and fog so thick you could hardly see meters in front of you. We would climb the steepest sand pitches Idaho has to offer, roll through loamy pine covered wilderness, cross no less than 20 creeks, and end the day navigating our way through a clay bog in what looked like an Irish Countryside.
Seven hours after we began our journey we made it back to State & Lemp worn out, dirty, sore, and hungry. Although, our minds full of stories, and memories that will last a lifetime!
Thanks to all of my friends, family, and supporters for helping me Kick off Project 4040!
To view the ride see my strava profile here… https://www.strava.com/athletes/2193177