I’m feeling better everyday, but still a little blue at times. No big deal, just life. I need a “win” to boost my morale. Check engine light: you are not it. Then the light goes out when I refuel. A loose gas cap? Could it be that easy? Spirits soar, till the next refueling. Check engine light and gas cap both on. The next service is due in a few hundred miles and the van is working fine, so I’ll get it fixed then. I set up an appointment at the Mercedes dealer in Boise. Not a win.
|No idea where I took this picture.|
For now though, there is nothing to do but continue forward.
|40 yard bucket, 30 yard van.|
Colorado is nice, but expensive. And everyone there has the best toys!
|Motorcycle shown is actual size.|
Utah: I had a couple of nice campsites, a couple not so nice (windy). I had a nice encounter with a state game warden. I had suspected where I was camped was “No camping” so there was nothing to do but move on. Could have been worse, just a warning. And it was my second night in that spot.
I got to see some old and some new friends, and had a couple of great mountain bike rides. Everyone in Utah is so welcoming and polite. Also, job opportunities. I might even spend next winter in there
|Janis and Tim in Utah.|
Idaho: First stop for me has to be Idaho Falls. There is some sort of attraction to this town. I passed through there on a west-to-east bicycle tour, and again on a south-to-north bicycle tour. And several times in a van. This time I stopped at a brew pub to discover they have steaks, Mexican food, sushi, Italian, and more on the menu. And $8 to fill a growler! What a great town! I’d stay a while but even the motel 6 wants $120 per night. Ouch.
|Selfie skills continue to elude me.|
Leaving Idaho Falls, I finally made it to a place I haven’t been yet (8 years is a lot of wandering). A tiny town called Makay, tucked in between some mountains. Then a place named Clyde, it appears on the map but there is literally nothing there but a Forest Service building. I also found a huge snowbank, just 12 days away from the longest day of the year.
Working my way toward Boise for van-service, I traveled through some amazingly scenic landscapes. When someone mentions Idaho, you think of potatoes, right? I haven’t seen a farm for days. Maybe they’re trying to hide the good bits?
|Very long irrigation system.|
One afternoon, I was exploring on my KTM, following a gravel road across a huge valley. Mountains all around me, arrow straight road in front of me. No cities in sight. No towns, no houses, no cell service. Just one big road. I decided it’s tough to get lost in Idaho, but chance of never being found is high. I like it here.
|Plants growing naturally in rows.|