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We wil break into smaller groups and there will be a few route options from 10 to 20 miles. Please wear Face-Masks for the initial meeting. All Paces, all types of Bikes are welcome! Just 1 option: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29515761 Most of route is on Greenbelt and streets with bicycle lanes. Ride at your own pace, we usually spread out pretty quickly. This is a good way to find people to ride with.ou will find people to ride with. Any bike in goo Dress in layers. Helmets are not required, but strongly suggested, (Strongly!) Bring an extra innertube which fits your tires. Slime is a good idea, we have Goatheads here. The Gelato stand by Lucky 13 is open for outdoor snacks after if you like. Let's get out there!
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. You should be comfortable with your bike, this is not a learn to ride your bike trip, it's a learn to pack trip. If you are an experienced bike camper, feel free to come and share your experience. Last year some members continued on to the bar and hot springs for a longer ride. Post if you need gear or have extra to share. I am bringing my small dog. Please change your RSVP if you arent going to make it. Thanks, Judy
Having nailed down my now 17-year-old daughter's summer before beginning college, this is the only weekend possible with her. All are welcome but it will be hot, the earlier Givens trip (https://www.meetup.com/BoiseCyclists/events/268088358/) is a better bet if concerned about the heat. But with the heat are prospects for some spectacular thunderstorms which is always entertaining. Weekend ride to Givens Hot Springs and back. A fun, scenic, and relatively mild bike tour. This date is tentative, so leave a comment. We can start from Payette tasting room downtown Boise or Dutch Bros on the edge of town. Awesome Bar B Que in Kuna! Reprint from Kurt last season: Potential itinerary / highlights: • Lunch in Kuna • Purchase provisions for evening/morning at Walter's Ferry • Wacky outdoor museum at Walters Ferry • Camping on lawn at Givens (This is a no dog campground) • Hot spring soak • Lunch in Melba • Travel through some of Boise and Kuna's prime day riding routes This is about a 100 mile round trip ride, make sure you're comfortable with two back-to-back loaded 50-milers. Most of the roads are rural with light traffic but some of the ride is on highway with varying shoulder width. This is a bona fide bike tour, not a greenbelt run. The route is relatively flat except for the descent into / climb out of the Snake River plain. The climb out is short but steep, up to maybe a 7% grade. It's a great trip for kids-- I've pulled mine many times in various trailers and tagalongs (it's a pretty serious workout for mom or dad though). My now 16-year-old has ridden it solo twice now (one way) without any problems. Most forms of human-powered vehicle are welcome, including pedal-assist electric bikes. No internal-combustion assist please. Camping at Givens costs around $20 per tent and includes access to the hot springs. They also offer a couple cabins and trailers for rent. Essential: • Good tires with lots of tread • Spare tube (one for each tire size if recumbent) • Pump and tube repair kit • Enough water to cover 30 miles • Enough food on board to avoid bonking. There are services along the way to avoid carrying more than that. • Good cycling etiquette and vehicular cycling technique. Let me know if anyone needs a refresher. Pro tip: • Sharing a tent and cooking equipment will save you $20 and lighten your load I'll ride to the starting point to avoid leaving a car behind. Starting at the Payette Brewing parking lot along the greenbelt seemed to work OK last year, will plan on that again unless someone has a better suggestion. Links: http://www.givenshotsprings.com/ • Wacky Museum (https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g35529-d8341556-r281212079-Cleo_s_Ferry_Museum_and_Nature_Trail-Melba_Idaho.html) • Map (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1aUc5JDAr9IzctiIDVE2fwO-ak80&ll=43.42292712578037%2C-116.45025625151368&z=11) Option: If 100 miles seems like a long weekend, consider starting/ending in Kuna to chop it in roughly half. The two groups met in Kuna for lunch and completed the ride together. Here's the route we (mostly) used last year. There are as many possible routes to Givens as there are people in this meetup, folks are free to choose any route they desire. I'll stick with anyone who'd rather just follow. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aUc5JDAr9IzctiIDVE2fwO-ak80&usp=sharing (different routes each way). Meetup rejected the turnsheet I had attached, I can send it to anyone who's interested. Be descriptive but don't exceed 5500 characters-- thanks Meetup.
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!