The first leg of this trip was really only an introduction , a prelude, things seem to be much more under way at this stage. Traveling from SLC to Ogden, and riding across the desolate landscape north of the Great Salt Lake was surreal, grueling, and amazing. Making it to City of Rocks and climbing for a handful of days was rewarding, rejuvenating, and inspiring. After leaving The City we got dumped on by cold rain, snow, and a biting headwind, the scene was rugged and as we contemplated transitioning to the higher-trafficked narrow-shouldered road with numb fingers and toes, Calvin the mechanical bull ride maker pulled up with his trailer and offered a ride into Twin Falls, we were happy to oblige. A well earned and much needed night in a motel room gave us the chance to chill out, wash up, and hold palaver over the road ahead. We cut out all that we reasonably could, leaving only ski gear with the hope we could borrow or find anything else we might need. Unbound from our Beasts of Burden, we rolled easily on out of town, spending a night in the Shoshone town park. Another day and we’ve made it to Ketchum, completely stoked to be at the doorstep to these beautiful mountains. It looks like a town day is in order as some weather rolls through over the next couple days. The climb to Galena Summit, Stanley, and the Sawtooths lay ahead, and we’re psyched for it all.
If you read our last post, or are friends with us on the Facebook – Instagram, you already know I managed to put together a short video for submission into the Adventure CyclingAssociation’s Bicycle Touring Video contest. If not, then, well, I did. While I have a pretty extensive history with some aspects of photography and relatively none with videography, this was my first real attempt at putting together a project that, while I might not consider it professional, it was intended for public consumption, and while the equipment I used was largely amateur, it is hands down the most advanced and highest quality I’ve used to date, and I’d like to think the film’s content and quality reflects that, at least a little. If you haven’t yet seen the video, or would like to hear a little more about my experience in putting it all together, then read on.