Day Two (August 22nd 2013) of our Boise Idaho Culinary Adventure had a major portion of the day being experienced via bicycle. Tom and I had made the trek from Hayden to Boise in our own vehicle, so we were able to bring along our own bicycles. We were so happy that we did! Not only did we get to ride them on this day of the trip we had them to do some riding later in the week when we had a long afternoon break.
Boise Greenbelt Compared to the North Idaho Centennial Trail
Being from North Idaho we are used to having bicycle trails and our own North Idaho Centennial Trail is similar to the Boise Greenbelt, but what we are missing is the entire bicycle culture that appears to have evolved in Boise. Every where you look there are bicycles chained to racks, trees, sides of buildings, they were EVERY WHERE.
I think what impressed us the most though, was how polite and tolerant everyone was. No cars honking at pedestrians or cyclists. Pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, etc. all co-existing in harmony. Now you may say that I had rose colored glasses on because I was a visitor, but it was not just random occurrences. It happened all around us during every part of our trip. Skateboarders getting off their boards and letting pedestrians pass, cyclists announcing their approach so you could get out of the way, cars letting you roll along with them…this is what I envision for my own city and I am hopeful it will happen one day. Insert photo of me daydreaming here…now where was I?
Where Did Our Day Start?
Oh yes…our day started with everyone else being outfitted for bicycles at Idaho Mountain Tourism Company which was conveniently located a few blocks from The Modern Hotel where we were staying.
1310 W. Main
Boise, ID 83702
Once everyone was on their bicycles we were off.
Faithful tour guide and designated driver Diane of the Idaho Division of Tourism let us in on a few bicycling tips for getting around Boise. Tom and I were fascinated to discover that in certain areas bicyclists were required to ride on the sidewalks where no bike lanes are available. There were even signs letting you know that was the case.
Brief Stop and Then On Our Way
Once we made our way through a small part of downtown we made one stop before heading onto the Greenbelt to start our Boise Ale Trail beer bonanza: the Idaho Anne Frank Memorial. What a beautiful peaceful place right in the heart of downtown Boise to spend a lunch hour (or take a break at before spending the rest of your day eating and drinking).
After our brief stop at the Memorial, we hopped back onto our bicycles and headed onto the Greenbelt. The Greenbelt website describes it as:
The 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt is one of Boise’s most beloved parks. The tree-lined pathway follows the river through the heart of the city and provides scenic views, wildlife habitat and pedestrian access to many of the city’s popular riverside parks. The Greenbelt also serves as an alternative transportation route for commuters.
The parts of the trail we were on definitely fit the description above and the fact that you can use it as a bicycle commuter to get around Boise warmed the cockles of my heart. (Was also impressed with the signage along the trail you always had an idea of where you were and what would be coming at the next bend.)
Blue Turf Is Every Where Before the Boise Ale Trail
One quick detour to the Boise State Campus to see if we could get a photo of the Blue Turf. Unfortunately, the football team was practicing and no one felt like being a tackle dummy or wanted to look like that crazy guy who always jumps on the field not wearing his shirt (don’t act like you don’t know what I am talking about-we’ve all seen it happen). So we were off again to hit the Boise Ale Trail.
The Boise Ale Trail is a self guided tour through the 208’s incredible Craft Breweries. Buy your passport and stop by each brewery in the passport and buy a beer and receive stamp. Once you fill your passport, you get your very own indestructible Boise Ale Trail Silipint and 14 days of buy one, get one free at all participating breweries!
For now here is a snapshot below of our itinerary for the day. I am going to do a post on each place we visited to provide more details, but this gives you an idea of what a hard job writing about beer and bicycles can be. (We didn’t make it to one of the Breweries in the list Highlands Hollow because of a few detours. We just ran out of time, but they deserved a mention and the next time I am in Boise it is on my to do list.)
Return Bikes to Idaho Mountain Touring
3019 Cole Road
Dawn Bolendawnbolen@sockeyebrew.com 860-2037
Manager: Zach Yunkerzachyunker@sockeyebrew.com 658-1955
Mel Cleland, SWITA, will be joining us @mel_boise
Kelly Knopp Kelly@crookedfencebrewing.com 890-4120
To read previous posts about the trip you can find them here: