|Not all fire roads were created equal for mountain biking|
On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, I took my first mountain bike trip of the season into the green and verdant parts of the Boise National Forest. There are some fire roads that really don't see much traffic and some that will truly test most people's physical stamina on a bicycle in this part of southwestern Idaho, USA.
This was a 13-mile ride but clocked in at over 2,880 vertical feet and took me to places I've never been before and some places that have already tested me. In any case, the ride certainly rekindled my desire to ride through the many tree lines dirt roads and proved it was time to leave the summertime heat and dust of our local desert and foothills until cooler weather returns later in 2018.
"It's time to expand my mountain bike range and locations." ~ Tim BondyDuring the last 13 months, I have explored a small sample of the trails and roads of the Boise National Forest. There are good points and not so good points about mountain biking in this area. If you are looking for an uncrowded place to ride, look me up.
|Even a complete blue-bird day with little wind and warm temperatures didn't make the initial climb up the hill any easier.|
|The after-effects of a wildfire cast an eerie spell on this portion of the road|
|Stinging Nettles and wildflowers. I discovered one of them stings.|
|In some places, the views open up. This is one of the more dramatic places.|
|My hands and back were cramping from the extended downhill section. I stopped to rest here. Nice?|
This ride would make good microadventure for locals and even people just visiting the Mountain Home or Glenns Ferry area. I will be glad to work up some digital maps if you are interested.
The technical ability required for this ride is only a novice skill level but the scenery is well worth it even for more experienced riders. As "they" say ... Trust me. Let me know if you are interested.
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Last updated on July 4, 2018
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