Today’s Stats: 358 Miles (in U-Haul Truck)
Because of fires and smoke in our path we changed our route to ride into Idaho hoping to find a route to Missoula, Montana where we could continue riding west on the Trans Am bike route. Riders ahead of us reported closed roads, detours and smoke. A couple of new fires in Idaho made our planned route not viable. Seems the fire situation changes by the hour.
We weighed all possibilities and have decided to bypass the fire areas in Montana and eastern Oregon. Today we picked up U-Haul in Rexburg, ID loaded the bikes and gear in the back and headed for Bend, Oregon. From Bend it is just a short ride back to the route and we will continue west from there. We made an overnight stop in Ontario, OR where we meet up with Shelly and Jens who made a similar decision and got a ride from some friends from West Yellowstone to Idaho Falls where they also rented a truck.
We knew something like this was possible based on the history of summer wildfires in the western US and are disappointed not to be cycling the entire route. We are also missing cycling to the headquarters of Adventure Cycling in Missoula, Montana where they take your picture, record your ride and feed you ice cream. It has been a great experience so far and we have more miles to ride! As we said before we are riding our own ride! We will continue to the Pacific with Shelly and Jens and then Pat and I will continue up the coast past our planned stopping point in Astoria, Oregon.
Currently roads on main and alternate routes to MT are closed due to fires in MT and OR. They are intermittently open but would be very smoky and we feel unhealthy to cycle through.
Delicious Potato Pizza only in Idaho
Purchased gasoline for the first time since April to keep this moving.
We can even mess up a U-Haul.