DAY ONE – Doing a search for old rail trails, I stumbled upon the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and later Trail Link. Sure ‘nuf!! This was a thing!! But, we don’t go for short…when the information for the Weiser River Trail popped up on my browser and I learned that it was the longest rail trail in all of Idaho…well…CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!
86 Miles of Gravel Over Two Days
May 31, 2020
We’re lucky we ordered out bicycles when we did. With this virus thing going around, finding a bicycle now is like finding a roll of toilet paper a few weeks back.
While we waited on our bicycles to come in from the manufacturer, I stared researching places to ride. Years ago, I watched a TV show about a fella who converted his bicycle to a railway rider similar to these folks in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viSJsOUCGu4
Doing a search for old rail trails, I stumbled upon the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and later Trail Link. Sure ‘nuf!! This was a thing!! But, we don’t go for short…when the information for the Weiser River Trail popped up on my browser and I learned that it was the longest rail trail in all of Idaho…well…CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!
By the way, you can find us over at Trail Link at: https://www.traillink.com/profiles/sulaearts
Day One Video Index
00:00 – Intro
00:18 – Near New Meadows at the North Trailhead Kiosk
00:28 – The Bicycles We’ll be Riding
01:16 – The Map
01:26 – Starting Mile 1
02:00 – GPS Starting Point at West Pine Trailhead
04:36 – Dialog About the Ride Plan
05:02 – Difference Between a Pinecone and a Pinebird
05:49 – Dialog of the Sweet Springtime Smells in the Air
07:07 – Dialog About how we got into Gravel Grinding Cycling
08:47 – Did We Lose Travis??
09:30 – First Stop at Curved Trestle Bridge
10:52 – Doo-Doo on the bridge (there was quite a bit of poop on the trail (LOL))
11:00 – Under Highway 95 Bridge
11:20 – Second Scenic Stop – Gotta Stop to Take It All In!
11:50 – Found Travis!
13:15 – At a Detour in the Trail
16:26 – Found Out Why We Needed to Detour
17:30 – Back on the Trail
17:47 – Taking Time to Stop and Smell the Roses!
19:00 – Straight, Level, and Sporting a Head Wind!
19:55 – Spring time and Flowers
20:05 – Made it to Council, ID
20:32 – Millions of Flowers in the Prairie
20:40 – SNAKE!!!!!
22:00 – Lunch Time!
24:52 – Why are the inside of my bike shorts PINK???
26:20 – Close up of Trail Bed
26:55 – Rose Hip Jam – This is why we are going to ride the trail again in the fall
27:47 – “But there’s a wasp on the gate.”
28:23 – Metal Artwork
29:17 – 30 Miles In – Dialog About The Ride Plan
30:51 – Stop on the Goodrich Creek Bridge
31:56 – Travis’ Insistance on Makeing Sure He Pedals the WHOLE way.
32:53 – End of the Trail for Today.
33:20 – At Mundo Hot Springs for the Night
34:00 – Taking a Soak in the Hot Springs Water Hot Tub to soak those sore spots!
34:51 – END of Day 1 – Watch Day 2
Packed Way Too Much!
Like I had mentioned on the Boise River Greenbelt Ride I picked up a Burley Coho bicycle trailer. And, I am still happy with my Burley. With so much room, I was again tempted to “load it up.” And I did…again. I had it packed with clothes thinking we’d get all sweaty and need to change a time or three. Ended up we…I…hauled in clean clothes and hauled them back.
We love photography and we love to cook in Cast Iron. Periodically, we will take photographs along the way and share them with y’all. Other times we’ll haul in a cast iron Dutch oven (WHAT?!?!?), cook and share the recipe with y’all.
This scene caught my eye. And, it was the only time I stopped to take photographs along the Weiser River Trail (this photo and the other two here below. There were a few hindrances to our photography goals and packing was the biggest. The only complaint I have about that Burley Coho is that it’s like a big bucket to shove stuff in. Panniers may be a better option to pack items that are neatly packed in their own place. Like my wife says, “A place for everything and everything in it’s place.”
On the next article, Weiser River Trail Ride Day Two, I’ll show the final photo (my favorite of the three).
With that being said, here’s the link to get you over to day 2: https://gravelgrindingboys.com/weiser-river-trail-idaho-day-two/