Ride Idaho 2011 is in the history books, and as with past rides, was one that has created lasting memories for those that participated as riders, volunteers, and community members. Our route included rest stops or overnight camping in Lowman, Stanley, Clayton, Challis, Mackay, Arco, Hailey and Galena Lodge.
Some of the highlights of the event, as expressed by our riders include, “…the spectacular view of the Sawtooth Mountains from Stanley,” “…the high valley rock formation south of Challis,” “…It was so cool to jump into a natural hot spring along the Salmon River,” “…I was amazed at the historical relics at the museum in Clayton,” “…Wow!, as they pedaled through the Craters of the Moon.” There were many from out of state that summed up the week with, “We never knew that there could be so much beauty in one state.”
Ride Idaho is a non-profit organization. It is our mission to bring economic impact to the smaller communities throughout our state. We accomplish this goal by hiring local businesses and organizations to provide food, camping and often entertainment to the riders. From last year’s ride, Ride Idaho invested over $50,000 in community development projects such as city benches, bike racks and park improvements, first-responder safety and rescue equipment, school athletic equipment and bikes, helmets and locks for the Boys and Girls Club.
The 2012 route is presented on our website at www.rideidaho.org and registration is now open, limited to 350 riders. This year’s route through North Central Idaho, is unique in that it takes us on many seldom-used, old highways, and through towns that are off the beaten track. Starting in New Meadows and ending in Moscow, riders will travel along some of Idaho untamed rivers, have an opportunity to jet boat in the Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America, follow routes made famous by the Native Americans, Lewis and Clark, and pioneers settlers. The vast beauty of rolling farm lands, weathered barns and well-preserved historical churches will provide ample photo opportunities, and the camaraderie of the ride will bring the riders back year after year.
For those that prefer not to ride, but would like to experience the event as a volunteer, we welcome your interest. Many of our volunteers return year after year and would tell you, the only thing that would keep them from coming back would be an emergency.
Come see what makes Ride Idaho “The Most Memorable Bike Ride.”
And, as we also say, “Come meet your next best friend,” on Ride Idaho.
Written by Guest Blogger, Earl Grief, Director of Ride Idaho.