Distance: 158 miles (from the hotel in Malad City to the Flag Pole)
Total Time: 12:15
Moving Time: 10:16
Stopped Time: 1:58
Speed: 15.4 mph
5:10am, At the Utah/Idaho Border, let the Tour begin, I was thinking---stay mellow and conserve energy---be smart, no stupid mistakes allowed….
Day 1 of the Tour starts at the Utah/Idaho border and winds its way along dirt roads, OHV trails and some single track generally north, up to the Flag Pole in front of Martin’s house on the edge of Pocatello. (see motorcyclejazz for a full description, note- route for 2019 will be different )
The riding, while not overly technical in nature includes truly long extended climbs, loose rocky sections and some brake testing down hills. My GPS shows just over 29K of climb and just under 29k of descent. It’s a long day in the saddle and D1 is deliberately arranged to ‘test’ tour riders. In short if you struggle on D1 from a skill, navigation or endurance point of view you are not yet ready for the full Tour, end of story (literally for many). During my 2017 attempt D1 was a medium sized eye opener. I did not find it overly technical but at the same time some of the riding was challenging my skill set and the climbs and descents were a lot longer and a bit harder than my practice runs back home.
1:05pm, at Check Point 3 for the day, top of Robber’s Roost Trail. Personally I think the trail down is more challenging than the trail up, greater consequence for a mistake anyway…
I have some D1, Robber’s Roost video “click here” posted up on my YouTube channel
This year D1 was basically a long, fun, mostly mellow ride. Partly because I ‘knew’ what was coming but also because my skill set was a notch higher. My game plan for D1 was something like: start early, ride easy but steady, conserve energy, stay mellow clear till the end.
3:08pm, a pretty bike just sitting there at Inkom Pass, Check Point 4 for D1
Throughout the day, over the more challenging sections I was constantly gaging my current riding skill against last year and was happy with my progress from a year ago. Also, knowing that I was taking the optional rest day made it easy to sit back and relax, I was going to have lots of recovery time and also if I had minor bike or gear issues there would be time to fix them.
4:10pm, At the Flag Pole, D1 in the books, unfortunately the main pirate wasn't home..
I was pleased with my day and looking forward to hanging out, sleeping in and working on the bike.
And…it turns out I did have some minor bike issues that needed to be addressed on my rest day.
Up Next—Rest Day in Pocatello….