The sky's were clear, the smoke having disappeared over night. I decided to go for a quick spin early on, before it got hot and festivities began. Headed down towards the town, and did a couple of laps of White Cloud and Sunrise Loops. These tracks make a circuit of one of the local golf courses, soaring above some very posh properties, and looking down on the town. About a 10mile circuit, with only a little climb and good smooth trail. Back to the van for breakfast.
And now it's Wagon Day. A huge festival, celebrating this year 150 years of cowboy historyEveryone, except Ju and I, has cowboy boots and ten gallon hat on. Gotta say, some of the ladies are worth looking at.....Yeha. Ju wants to visit a crafts market, and even with lasoo and stirrups I wouldn't be able to drag her past the sales in the streets. Yesterday stuff was 20% off. Today it was 50%. Tomorrow 75% off?
And then the grand parade began. Two hours of
marching bands, American Flags, horses big and small, more flags, school bands, beauty queens from 14 years old to "senior", and all sorts of horse drawn carriages. Couple of cool stage coaches, and most impressive the Ore Train, pulled by about 20 mules.
The crowd was huge. Lots had put out fold up chairs along the route yesterday to reserve a spot. The local ice hockey team were on "poop duty". They were on skates with snow shovels and scooping up the horse poop before it was trampled all over the street. All the street vendors were out, in their American splendor. Huge bags of popcorn, candy floss, flavored shaved ice, toffee apples, tacos, iced coffees, and heaps of Wagon Day souvenirs. And did I mention lots of eye candy.....
Met a NZ couple from Auckland, Graham & Judy. Over here for four months and staying for a couple of weeks in a friends house here in Ketchum. Great to chat.
Wandered back to where we had left our bikes only to find that someone had let my back tyre down, and broken the valve. Not very happy. Put in new tube, and on way back to van stopped in at a classic car auction. I'm not a car person, but even I
could see there was some quality about.
So back to the van for a rest. It's very hot, and getting a little smoke hazy. When it starts to cool down we um and ah about whether or not we can be bothered to go riding. Trailhead is only 400m from van.....okay let's go.
Corral Creek. The very best we have ridden on since getting to USA. Velvety smooth almost the whole 5 miles. Easy up hills, fun, fast downhills. An out and back track that both of us were sad to complete. One of those tracks that make you feel good about your riding ability.....and we almost didn't do it....