Frank, Jake, and I spent Saturday afternoon and evening exploring some good ol' Idaho landscape. We boogied out to Sandy Point State park and up Lydle Gulch to Bonneville Point. About 40 miles round trip (50 if you're Frank) and you get everything from Golf Course surprise "trails", a beautiful ride along the Black Cliffs and the Boise River, to never ending rolling hills at the top of Bonneville Point. It's amazing what we have right in our backyard here in Boise.
I always love the views on the ride out to Sandy Point State Park.
Jake worked on his spin while Frank mashed up the climbs on his trusted SSCX rig.
This was my first off road adventure on the new bike. It was like the Overland was built for Idaho's endlessness. Lydle Gulch was a great test with sand, hard packed, loads of rocks, and mud. It handled everything flawlessly in terms of stability. I never once felt out of touch with the bike as it conquered every task with ease. I'm running the stock Clement MSO 40c tires which would have been my only gripe, and it was only in the real loose sand or mud that they were they lost any bite. They were fantastic on hard pack on the pavement.
A beautiful sunset view but it was getting cold as dark was coming. Whiskey helped get us to the brewery without loss of any fingers or toes.
Frank's Finger Canti Clearance Service.
As night came we got back onto pavement. It was in the mid to upper 20s and at this point I was pretty sure I was about to experience hypothermia in my toes.
After obtaining burritos we headed straight to Boise Brewing for a proper finish to a good days ride. We polished off our beers and headed home to call it an end to one of the most fun rides I've had in a long time. Let your friends peer pressure you when it comes to riding your bikes. You'll probably end up on a kick ass ride with great people like happened to me. Ride your bike, doofus!
Photos from the day