July 16, Gooding to Burley, Idaho
The morning was early as we got up at 5:30 and left at 6:30. A wheat field close to Gooding caught fire last night and burned, lots of smoke but mostly downwind from our camp. This morning the sky was filled with haze and the sun came up as a red ball. We cycled out with it over our left shoulder as we peddled south to Twin Falls. Just prior to Twin Falls, we stopped at a large dairy to view the operation. My impression is that this type of farming although impressive, has truly become a factory for milk and very little of a life for the cows. They milk 1700 cows and this is a medium size operation for this area. Is this really what farming is meant to be. Is this really better for farmer and animals? Is this true stewardship of creation?
A few km further we were surprised by the gorge of the Snake River. A truly beautiful and astounding canyon with vertical basalt cliffs ringing the river plain below. From there we were hosted by the Reformed Church to a meal and told to visit the Shoshone Falls also in the Snake River canyon. It was a site worth seeing. The rest of the day was hot again and the ride long to Burley. We covered approximately 150 km today and have to do a little less tomorrow. We are getting into longer rides but it felt OK today. The muscles still complain but the distance is doable. I’ll sign off for now as the sun has set and I must sleep to prepare for tomorrow’s ride.