Yesterday we rode from Fruitland, Idaho to Boise.. it was about 65 miles.. a pretty easy ride. In the beginning, we just kept a good 20-22mph pace with the wind mostly at our backs. We decided to stop in Emmet, Idaho for lunch. Yet another town with loads of closed storefronts and few places to go. Durkee is awesome becuase it only has the one place to go and its very worth it!  However, in Emmet we ended up eating at Subway as we took a wrong turn away from town and it seemed easiest. We later rode back to look into the main street area (2 blocks) and didnt find any food places open. On our way into Emmet, we passed a sign that said RACES TODAY. We were all very curious about what kind of racing this was and well, we want to see every little town thing there is to see. So we asked around.. HORSE Races at 1pm. Sweeet! We had some time to kill so we rode around a little and then went over to the track. We missed the first race by about 40 seconds -  1 minute 3 seconds was the winning time.. but we saw the next two races which were just 200 meters or something like that.  The flying 200 on a horse, sorta.  Anyway, it was awesome. We got some beers and sat on the bleachers with all the town folk – boy do we stand out. Some 8 or 9 year old kid came over and asked Ken if we were jockeys. ha! andy and i are both over 6ft tall.. hard to tell sitting maybe, but definitely not jockeys. anyway, he sat with us for the races and was just so thrilled about the guys.. i dont think he really even noticed i was there, but i just took pictures and laughed. so awesome.

after the races, we decided to get back on the road and ride the remaining 30 miles to Boise.. we had wind to fight for a while, but it was a beautiful day. we all take turns pulling (when not uphill) but with the wind, and Andy in front, we were peddling hard downhill. Or at least I was. I need to pedal hard downhill with the wind behind me to keep up with Andy.  :) The harder it is, the sooner i’ll be able to keep up going up hill!

We arrived in Boise around 4:30/5pm where we met our new Warmshowers friends, Rachel and Patrick Hugens. They are amazing – they treat us like gold and they have so many awesome stories to tell too!  They have toured all over the world.. Africa, Tibet, Mount Everest base camp, all over the U.S…  their home is decorated with amazing things from all of their travels and we got to sit and go through some of their tibet/everest photos after dinner.  Really impressive.  They cooked us a fantastic dinner and we all got a good night rest.  Today is our first actual rest day and it started with a huge breakfast and lots of coffee!  In a couple hours, we’re going to head to the Hot Springs with some Champagne to celebrate Andy’s 27th on the 27th!  Then we’ll see more of Boise and relax till we get back on the road tomorrow morning.    I couldnt possibly ask for anything better.  Warmshowers has treated us so well!  As I type, Ken and Andy are playing Mario Cart on their Wi.    ummm, yeah!  you wish you were us, don’t you. 

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one of the jockeys was thrown the first race... that's him walking down the track.  his horse took off and kept racing.

one of the jockeys was thrown the first race... that's him walking down the track. his horse took off and kept racing.

if we had more time, we probably would have been betting.  This kid told us that his 16yr old sister was betting on the horses... i guess you dont have to be very old to bet.  i never knew.

if we had more time, we probably would have been betting. This kid told us that his 16yr old sister was betting on the horses... i guess you dont have to be very old to bet. i never knew.