Day 14 – Pocatello to Idaho Falls, Idaho

67 miles, 768 feet climbed

Today was another generally clear day, with comfortable temperatures. We left our hotel by reversing the way we came in yesterday and then eventually turned north. That part was annoying. The road had sunken pavement grooves all the way across it, sometimes as closely spaced as ten feet. My wheels would slam into the far side of the groove and then climb out. This was worse than the typical irregular pavement that we encounter and has me thinking about a suspension seatpost, both to reduce the wear on me and my digital camera, which is a little too big for my jersey pocket and rides in a bag suspended from my seat. Two of the four bike shops in Jackson–tomorrow’s destination–are open and I’m going to see what they have in stock.

Our route was pretty close to I-15 and the Snake River, crossing each several times. In Idaho Falls, I took a few pictures of the falls on the way in. Then I switched from my fixed lens to my zoom lens and, after getting some supplies at Walmart, walked the whole of the falls again, taking a bunch of pictures.

Looking up the Snake River from near Blackfoot
Idaho Falls from the Broadway Street bridge. This illustrates how the falls are more parallel to the river rather than across it as most falls are.
The falls can’t be taken all at once. This is the lower portion. The previous photo was taken from the bridge you see on the right.
The lower middle portion
The upper middle portion
The upper portion
The Idaho Falls Mormon Temple, seen across the river above the falls.
In 2004 we stayed in this building across the street from the falls. This year’s hotel is one street over and to the north of the falls.