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This is an overnight trip to learn about bike packing. All dirt, but not technical. Great way to test your equipment and packing skills. It's only 15 miles each way. (So each day) You should be comfortable with your bike, this is not a learn to ride your bike trip, it's a learn to pack trip. We will stay at Willow Creek Campground. If its too crowded, we will stay at a dispersed site. Assume no services, we need to be self contained. There is no Support vehicle, but you are free to arrange to have your significant other follow you if you like. Its a dirt road all the way there, people do it in trucks w boats, small cars, etc. Once you cross into the Boise National Forest, you can Park at any of the dirt pullouts, but you will probably want to get as close to the Dam as you can. We will meet just past the Arrowrock dam, about 50 yards past it on the left at the "Big Gear". There is plenty of parking exactly one half mile past the Gear on the right. Park and then pedal back to the meeting spot. This is an intro trip, so we can have a packing meeting if you like. Be sure you have all your questions answered before Friday, there is no cell coverage past Hilltop. (Print out any directions you need) ***I need to speak with each one of you by phone to make sure we are all on the same page and that you really are going*** Please change your RSVP to no if you are not going, you wouldn't want the whole group to be waiting for you and then you are a no show. Here us a suggested Gear List. If you have any questions at all, please call me before Friday so I can help you. Bicycle-in good working condition, appropriate tires for dirt and gravel. Any Simple Mountain bike or even Hybrid with knobbies will work. Either Slime or Extra Inner tubes and CO2 or pump. A front fork will be more comfortable (that road can be crappy) but you know your own abilities. Equipment-Choose 1 of the following: 1) Panniers 2) Stuff Sacks and Bungie cords 3) Bike Trailer 4) Frame and seat packs Sleeping Bag Pad (or not) Tent (or not, if that’s how you roll) Food, Dog food if applicable. Cooking Supplies: Camp Stove, fuel, lighter, Pan, something to eat out of Coffee Garbage bag (Pack it in Pack it out) Bag and twine to keep food away from the critters Toilet paper and small shovel to bury your waste Water-enough for the out and back Or a water filter, we are right on the River. Bug Spray Sunscreen Any medications you need, in my case Allergy pills Identification and Health Insurance Card Slime in your tires or Tools, Extra Tubes, pump or CO2 Helmet, shoes Clothing Layers: Clothes for too hot/sunny, hat Clothes for cold, I like a down jacket because it packs down so small, plus a windbreaker to keep it dry in case it rains (down is not good when wet) The windbreaker is also good if its not cold, just wet or breezy. An extra pair of dry socks never hurt anyone, wool stays warm even when wet Bike Shorts (enough said) Bio Degradable soap Toothbrush (or not) Deodorant (or not) Headlamp, Bike light or lantern. Snacks for on the bike and in camp Optional (Ok its all optional, but you know) Extra Bungies Zip Ties Duct tape Extra battery for your phone if you are using it as your only camera There are lots of other things that people bring, but I believe in being as light as possible. Last year some members made camp and then continued on to Twin Springs bar and hot springs for a longer ride. (Don't assume they will be open) I am bringing my small dog. Please change your RSVP if you aren't going to make it. Thanks, Judy
MORE DETAILS COMING .... SIGNING UP BELOW MEANS YOU WILL HOST A RIDE IN YOUR AREA OF TOWN!!!! Sign up and post below which section of Boise YOU WILL BE THE HOST/HOSTESS for: North End? Southeast Boise? Boise Bench? South Boise? West Boise <---- Hosted by Elisa (5 mile and Ustick area) After hosts/hostesses for different area of town have volunteered, then meetups will be posted for each host/hostess so riders can signup to ride with the host/hostess in their area of Boise. A live Goathead Radio Show (hosted by Radio Boise) will air from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provide a community-wide guiding voice/rolling soundtrack to the day's events. At 10:30 a.m. everyone will roll out of their driveways, in costume, and head to one of the main roll-through Goathead Patch Parties to pick up a map, get their photo taken, play some games, and dance to the music without every getting off their bicycle. The goal is to have a Goathead Patch Party within 1-3 miles of most households in Boise. https://m.facebook.com/events/193507775267728?view=permalink&id=261644201787418 This event is not recommended for people sensitive to heat. It's in AUGUST. It's going to be HOT!
Herb and I scoped out this route a few weeks ago... Great First time Bike-packer Route (***Not a beginner bike rider event***) I am not setting the date, so if you are interested, please post a date that would work for you. See route below: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22300710 Drive up Hwy 21. Turn right on E. Spring Shores/Arrowrock Road, Just after the Bridge. Drive past Mack's Creek Park, to where the pavement ends and you arrive at the Arrowrock Dam. Go a little farther and park at the large gear on the left. This is where we will begin the ride. Light Traffic on this road, but it's dirt, so they can't go tooooo fast. 14 Miles one way with about 500 Feet of Elevation Change. Let me know if you would like to have a practice "Packing" or "Gear swap" event prior to this ride. Please ride within your limits, we will take it pretty casually, but heat, elevation gain, dirt, etc will all make it feel much tougher than 14 Miles City riding. The entire ride is on a dirt road, not technical, but will require wider tires. The weather will probably be extremely Hot, so bring plenty of water. Not a lot of amenities at Willow Creek, so come prepared. We can have lunch at Hilltop Station on the way back (2nd day) Great Food and Beer, sometimes live music, super nice people. Ride up from Boise, if you are capable of an additional 21 Miles of Hair Raising, no Shoulder Hwy riding. Camp at Mack's Creek Park the night before optional (Very nice small campground) See pictures from an earlier trip Happy Trails!