Day 10: Finally made it to Idaho.  Gorgeous!

Tour Divide: Day 10

Ride time: 6:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m. (15.3 hours)
Miles ridden: 118 on-course + 6 off-course = 124
Total on-course miles covered: 973

MTBCast Call-in

Felix Wong Having a Great Day

Submitted by sherry on June 22, 2008 – 3:53 p.m.
Racer update about: Felix Wong

Hi, this is Felix Wong calling on Sunday, June 22nd 2:38 p.m. I’m just west of Big Springs, ID. I finally made it out of MT. It has been a gorgeous day. Great weather unlike yesterday. Yesterday was very hot with armies of blood sucking mosquitoes swarming on me anytime I would stop.

But today has been absolutely gorgeous. This part of ID is really beautiful. This has probably been the most enjoyable day of the Tour so far. I’ve been taking it easy all day just because I’ve put in a pretty hard effort the last 4 days. It has been nice not having any major climbs today.

A couple of coincidences I would like to mention: yesterday at Lima right after I called in a woman got out of her van and ask me if I was Felix. Then she handed me a phone. I thought that was pretty funny. It turned out that it was Mike Dion’s mother who had a friend by complete coincidence who was driving from Salt Lake City to Montana (they were moving) and by complete coincidence was passing through Lima. She found me in the parking lot and apparently knew I was Felix.

Then, today when I crossed into ID I saw a guy named Rich. He was wearing a Fat Tire Jersey. Fat Tire is made in my hometown of Fort Collins, CO. So I really enjoyed seeing that and we talked. I met his brother-in-law, Todd and Todd’s lovely daughter, Chelsea. We talked for a bit. It has just been an all round pleasant day and I hope it continues that way.

I’ll call in later. I’ll talk to you later. Bye.

(recorder time: 2008-06-22 15:41:56 EST. )

Felix Wong Thanks Everyone for their Messages
Submitted by sherry on June 22, 2008 – 3:57 p.m.
Racer update about: Felix Wong

Hi, this is Felix Wong calling again. I’m still in Big Springs, ID. I just wanted to thank every one for leaving messages on the blog or text messaging me. A friend of mine has been reading them to me. I really appreciate the support. I just wanted to thank you all. Hope you are having a good weekend and a good time following this race which has been very exciting for me. I hope for you too. You guys take care.

(recorder time: 2008-06-22 16:03:56 EST.)

Felix Wong’s 6 Mile Scenic Side Trip

Submitted by sherry on June 23, 2008 – 12:15 a.m.
Racer update about: Felix Wong

HI this is Felix Wong. I’m calling at 10:50 on Sunday, June 22nd. I’m actually at the Ashton-Flagg Ranch. I think that is the name. Just west of the WY border.

I rode about 118 miles today. Great day. Amazing scenery, amazing weather. The only thing that dampened the day was (laugh) at the end I got lost. I made a turn I shouldn’t have and I added on about 6 miles. The sad thing was I also added on my most difficult climb of the day which was completely unnecessary.

But I ultimately got back on the course and got to this ranch. Got a room at around 9:45 and took a shower. It’s been nice. Everything is going well. My legs feel really good. I took it easy today. I understand that the Tetons are going to be a lot more difficult, so I should be ready for them, hopefully. I’ll talk to you later. Bye. (recorder time: 2008-06-22 23:53:34 EST.)

From the Notebook

  • No major climbing except off route [Mile 218.9 on Adventure Cycling map].
  • Crossed into Idaho; met Rich wearing Fat Tire jersey. After talking for a bit, we encountered his brother-in-law Todd and “blondie”—Todd’s daughter Chelsea. This was the first time Rich had gone for a mountain bike ride in a while.
  • Rich pointed out his mountain home, and joked it was like a commune since his brother-in-law, niece, and other family members now own homes there too. They (or at least Rich) used to live in Carlsbad, CA.
  • Rails-to-trails: sand was too deep. Very slow and hard to steer. If I turned the handlebars too much, the front tire would slide sideways. It was better for ATV vehicles, which there were many.
  • Northeast Idaho: gorgeous!
  • Views of the Tetons.
  • Warm River
  • Trees/forests
  • Flowers in meadows: lavender color; white/yellow flowers too.
  • Got lost at Mile 218.9 on Adventure Cycling map. Wanted State Highway 47, and asked a Latina lady in a car if she knew where it was. She seemed scared of me and rolled up her car window, but not before yelling to her husband fishing off a bridge (presumably to tell him to help me). I asked him but he just said, “I don’t know.” I should have asked in Spanish because he probably just didn’t understand my English.
  • After that I made a wrong turn and went up what turned out to be my steepest climb of the day, unnecessarily. Finally I busted out the GPS, backtracked, and got back on course. Did about 3 miles extra but worse was doing that unnecessary climb.
  • Stayed inside a nice log cabin room at the Squirrel Creek Elk Ranch after dark. The owners were nice and got me a nice cold Sprite for $0.75. At first when I asked about the room’s price the owner said, “$75,” but when I balked and inquired about camping instead he said, “Ok, how about $50” which I accepted. It was a nice room and worth it.
  • Overall day: easy pace, beautiful.
Day 10: Finally made it to Idaho.  Gorgeous!
Day 10: Finally made it to Idaho. Gorgeous!