Idaho

While worrying about my tire in Yellowstone, I thought for sure a day would be wasted getting Bonnie ready to roll again. I figured I would shack up somewhere in the vicinity of the repair. The guys at Rexburg Motorsports were so helpful and efficient I still had plenty of riding time left in the day. I decided I could make it all the way to Boise.

Moving westward I crossed this unusual flat land gusting with wind. It was government land used for experiments. That’s all I knew. It was called the Idaho National Laboratory. Makes the mind wander what could be going on here.

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That question was answered when I showed up in a town called Arco. I met a fellow biker named Ron at the local gas station. He was enjoying a cherry slushy after crossing the hot gusty government territory. I asked Ron if he knew why the head of a submarine would be placed in the middle of Idaho? He told me they do a lot of nuclear testing at those laboratories. In fact Arco was the first town in the United States to get their electricity from nuclear power.

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After Fueling up in Arco I stopped by The Craters of the Moon National Monument. What you see here is miles of volcanic debris. A land once covered in lava that has cooled leaving this blackened landscape.

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Much to my surprise I saw a fellow Triumph traveler in one of the pull offs.

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This guy Kinsey had ridden from Seattle to Yellowstone to meet his brother and now he was headed back home.

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I had a shot of Kinsey with his bike but for some reason it won’t upload. Sorry Kinsey.

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You pass a number of lonely towns along the way. Here an old saloon sits alone.

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This beauty sits behind the saloon.

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It was a long ride across Idaho to Boise. Just before hopping on the Interstate to make my passage to Boise I saw this tank.

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The Idaho State Penitentiary

After waking up in Boise I looked to see if there was anything to see before continuing my journey west. Indeed there was. The Old Idaho State Penitentiary was a functional prison from 1872 to 1973.

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This prison started in 1870 as a one cell prison. It grew over time being built with stone quarried nearby by the prisoners themselves. They even helped design some of the buildings.

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There were large riots here in 1971 and 1973 over the living conditions. This was the dining hall designed by a prisoner who killed himself upon his release. It also was burned down during the 1973 riot.

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This old sign sits weathering away next to the prison barn.

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This was the women’s ward built outside the prison walls.

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This is a cell on death row.

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After vacating the death row cell an inmate would stand on that gray square with a rope around his neck. The executioner would pull that lever to the right.

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The prisoner would then drop to this room below ending his life.

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A seventeen foot wall surrounds the prison with a guard tower at each corner.

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This building called the Bishop’s House sits outside the prison.

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On to Oregon!

4 Responses to “Idaho”

  1. Brian Sherman Says:

    How many miles do you have on your Bonnie now?

  2. Brian Sherman Says:

    awesome! That’s incredible

  3. giaregan Says:

    sorry for your spate of bad luck (perhaps that bird that so violently crossed your path was being chasing by a black cat) but ur killing it with the cars and signs and beat to hell everything shots. i’m loving logging in to read even tho i haven’t been able to keep up daily. beteedubs i googled the Bouquet after being captivated by the pic you took of the old sign, check it: http://www.bluesbouquet.freeservers.com/article1.htm
    love you!

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