Darby MT > Bellevue ID, 450km


What a pearler of a day!!  The heavy rains went before us and cooled the temps to “just perfect”.  We followed the Salmon River Scenic Byway, and it was a stunner the whole way.  The landscape changed – yellow tussock, cliffs of sheer jagged rock,  mountains of rocky shale, pretty valleys alongside the Salmon River – all stunning.  I kept coming around corners and saying “Oh Charlie, would you look at that”.    A fabulous ride – the 93 from Darby then on to the 75 at Challis.

Yesterday a deer jumped out, hit a car and smashed its front window, (occupants were fine) so we were being extra careful where the trees came right up to the road.  Saw a few deer but they were happily eating, not leaping.

Narrow twisty roads are great fun on a bike, but the problem is there is nowhere to pull off to take a photo – of well, will just have to enjoy the ride.  We did take some video footage but the lense caught a bug!

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We wound our way up and over a pass to be welcomed into Idaho.

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Here is an old homestead.

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A roadworker rapelling down a steep bank above the road, cutting down a tree and loosening off rocks.

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The Salmon River- we followed it through the valleys.

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Up over the second pass looking back into the valley we had just ridden through.

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As always, its so difficult for me to get it into a photo – I love natural beauty, you may have noticed.

After all day with little traffic, we arrived at Ketchum which is a ski resort town but absolutely crowded with people and vehicles even in summer.  We crawled along the streets from traffic light to traffic light – where did all these people come from?  Didn’t stop there, just kept on going.

We pulled into our motel and met Glenn and Brenda from Australia riding a v-Strom.  They leave their bike in Seattle with a friend and come over every year with a couple of other guys (all retired) to ride.  When they get back to Oz next week they are then in preparation for a ride in SA 7 weeks after that.   They love it.


1 Comment

  • Jeanette

    Spectacular scenery and so quiet well mostly ! Jas and Melzie and bubs now have a slice of NZ paradise Sounds like you have the bike bug love Jeanette x

    August 16, 2014 at 8:41 am

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