Day 7 – June 24, 2001
449.54 total trek miles
Our desires have become very simple since we started the
bike trip. On the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, we are definitely
operating on the lowest level. Warm food and a carpeted floor is
all we require for complete satisfaction. Of course, all of our
generous host families & friends have gone way beyond that and
spoiled us rotten. We awoke this morning to the most glorious day
of all, our first rest day!
all rolled out of bed fairly late compared to a normal ride day,
as church didn't start until 11:30 am. Imagine sitting and singing
the opening hymn in Sacrament meeting (comparable to mass) when
in walk four bald men and an afro wearing zip-off pants and sandals.
We created quite a stir. The Bates, our wonderful hosts for the
explaining to their friends and neighbors why we looked the way
the meetings we were picked up by Toni Budge who drove us in her
enourmous F350 Super Duty out to her home in Meridian. We
had met the Budges on Day 5 in a little town named Glenn's Ferry.
Toni had misinformed us as to the ENORMITY of the hills we would
face before reaching Mountain Home and had offered to repair the
damages (there were none to be repaired, of course) by having us
over for lunch. Toni and Rich, her husband, fed us fresh salmon,
spinach salad, and strawberry short cake. Do we deserve this?
The highlight, however, had to be playing human jungle gym with
Sydney and Tanner, the Budges' children, and Jenna, Devon, and Morgan,
their next door neighbors. Those kids have so much energy among
the five of them that maybe THEY should be going on the bike trip.
returned to the Bates home to rest a little, then went to the site
of where the Bates are building their new home here in Boise, up
by Table Rock. From there, we watched the spectacular firework show
that ended the Boise River Festival. We all agreed that contrary
to preconceived notions, Boise would be a great place to live.
rest day went quicker than you can imagine, we are off again on
the bikes tomorrow to try to arrive at Vancouver, Washington before
our next rest day.