Update: pics from another ride to the area on the bottom of page 2. Preface: Im not going to mention the names of any places in this report - youre allowed to ride there at the moment, and Id like to keep it that way. Its a pretty special place in part because not many people know about it. Im sure some people whove ridden in the area will know exactly where we were but if you could keep it to yourself, itd be great. I'm selfish like that Report: Im right in the middle of my senior year in college Ive been really, unbelievably busy since the 3rd week of August. Meaning, Ive had other things on my mind than riding. I dont know if youve ever just really wanted to ride but not been able to for three months at a time, but I can assure you that its not a lot of fun. Just imagine what you feel like towards the end of winter, but rather than snow and rain for the last three months, its been in the 60s, 70s, and 80s and sunny. Exactly. So, on November 18th, Happy Trails had a tech day. It was generally a good time I didnt pay attention to the valve seminar (cause I already know how to adjust valves), but just walked around and talked to people who also know how to do valves. Well, three of these people (Sam, Byron, and Todd) liked the idea of a ride at some point over the Christmas break. The Sunday after Thanksgiving was supposed to be in the mid-50s with only a *chance* of rain. That is a chance that we were all willing to take My dad and I had been talking about a ride for a while. We hiked part of it last year. If you havent done any hiking in the desert lately, you should give it a shot. It was only 5 miles... how bad could it be, right? Right. Anyway, we learned a lesson from the hike last year: Walking sucks. Bad. However; we saw the potential for a ride in the same area. The problem is, theres a rather large river we need to cross, and theres not a bridge in the strictest sense. We heard from a reliable source that we could push across a dam then ride. With the help of Google Earth, we had our plan. 5 of us left Boise at 10am on pavement, but we wanted dirt as soon as possible. We caught the aptly (if uncreatively) named Powerline Road. Uncreatively isnt a word Im creative like that. One of the cool things about riding in the high desert late in the year are the tumble weeds: Its hard to describe what riding this road was like. It was windy, and there were tumbleweeds everywhere so it looked like the desert was alive. Ok, I guess that wasnt hard to describe One sentence seems to have covered it. It was cool though. When we got off the Powerline we had to catch some pavement to get to our eventual destination: Well, not the gravel parking area the canyon out there. Yes. That one. We eyed our route: Byron dropping into the canyon: Down in the canyon, we met our first obstacle It probably wouldnt have been that hard if Id just pushed the bike with both hands rather than pushing it with my left hand and taking pictures with my right: On the other side of the dam, we found some single track? I dont even know what youre supposed to call it when theres no track. Sagebrush I guess. The road widened a bit, giving us a great view of the inside of the canyon I know these are blurry but I just had to include the sequence. Sam motioned for me to take some pictures but I thought he was trying to get me to ride up beside him: He saw me when I got next to him: And immediately drove off the side of the road. He was nonplussed: Finally, after a wrong turn (Somehow. How can you turn the wrong way in a canyon?), we found what wed been looking for Sleep now, more later.