The two of us once again got off to a late start this morning after having done laundry, blog posts, etc... Macks Inn seemed to be a hot spot for other divide riders. We ran into three other groups doing riding the divide here.
After listening to some horror stories provided by north bound riders regarding the status of the terrain we were about to encounter (old 40 mile long sandy railroad bed with 12+ inch washboard surface), and considering we didn't begin pedaling until 3:00pm or so, we decided to take an alternate route today. The map displayed a "scenic byway" that basically paralleled the road so we decided to go in that direction. The byway boasted a few waterfalls, and our first views of the Tetons.
By this point (80 miles into Idaho or so), G + C agreed that the state resembled New Brunswick. This was because we were confined to a bunch of softwood, limiting our views of the nearby ranges. Not 5 miles after this observation, however, we finished a small climb and popped out of the forested area. Just like that - exactly what we pictured Idaho to be like. Acres upon acres of beautiful rolling farmland backed by the Tetons. We finished the day by spending the night at Squirrel Creek Campground. As we were setting up tents (we were the only ones there), we were greeted by 6 ginormous elk.
Canola (we think)
I would live here
A typical evening.