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Idaho whitewater, adventure race, mt. biking, 6/06

Three days of back-to-back whitewater rafting on rain-swollen rivers, mountain biking in the Boise foothills and exploring downtown Boise and the surrounding greenbelt by bike was an incredible introduction to the state of Idaho. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I joined three different rafting companies to explore a few wet and wild sections of the new Whitewater Trail, 3,000-plus-miles of whitewater rafting on seven different sections of rivers. (www.whitewatertrail.com) Another highlight: following The Raid X-Adventure World Cup, a 48-hour adventure race that featured about 30 teams from around the world who raced nearly non-stop Saturday and Sunday. The teams of 3 racers competed in whitewater canoeing, inline skating, mountain-biking, rope work and orienteering.
The thrills of the Main Payette are amazing!
The thrills of the Main Payette are amazing!
Our first day of whitewater rafting was at Cascade Raft and Kayak
Our first day of whitewater rafting was at Cascade Raft and Kayak
Wild Ride on Class III rapids of the Main Payette
Wild Ride on Class III rapids of the Main Payette
The front is the best for thrills
The front is the best for thrills
Andy owns this lodge and Northwest Voyageurs with his wife
Andy owns this lodge and Northwest Voyageurs with his wife
A fun stop near Cascade Raft and Kayak
A fun stop near Cascade Raft and Kayak
Andy gave us a break by paddling with oars
Andy gave us a break by paddling with oars
We hit a major rapid right before the bridge
We hit a major rapid right before the bridge
Another kind of cheap thrill
Another kind of cheap thrill
Cooper's varied crafts
Cooper's varied crafts
The Hunt Lodge is not ideal for vegetarians
The Hunt Lodge is not ideal for vegetarians
Hunt's Lodge had trophy game even overlooking the pool!
Hunt's Lodge had trophy game even overlooking the pool!
Glorious lake overlook
Glorious lake overlook
2 days of multi-sport adventure await 30 teams
2 days of multi-sport adventure await 30 teams
Climbing the walls at Tamarack resort pre-Raid
Climbing the walls at Tamarack resort pre-Raid
Inflatable canoes make rapids even more risky
Inflatable canoes make rapids even more risky
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I did not spot any Harleys parked there
I did not spot any Harleys parked there
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Paddling for dear life
Paddling for dear life
Ready, set, paddle!
Ready, set, paddle!
The High Five Salute of Whitewater rafters
The High Five Salute of Whitewater rafters
Karen and Carolyn dress for warmth in wetsuits and jackets
Karen and Carolyn dress for warmth in wetsuits and jackets
Tamarack Resort is a sports paradise
Tamarack Resort is a sports paradise
Team Tamarack's Adventure Race team
Team Tamarack's Adventure Race team
Rafting works the appetite
Rafting works the appetite
Teams set off one at a time
Teams set off one at a time
Mandy makes a mean lunch of chicken stew, salad and cheesy potatoes
Mandy makes a mean lunch of chicken stew, salad and cheesy potatoes
The boaters are out of danger
The boaters are out of danger
The excitement is just starting
The excitement is just starting
The inline skate was on wet roads.
The inline skate was on wet roads.
The race starts at 6 a.m.
The race starts at 6 a.m.
The transition from the paddle to the mt. bike was a grassy lot
The transition from the paddle to the mt. bike was a grassy lot
A racer listens to the pre-event briefing
A racer listens to the pre-event briefing
A gorgeous picnic spot after rafting
A gorgeous picnic spot after rafting
Idaho is more than potatoes!
Idaho is more than potatoes!
The Raid was a 2-day event
The Raid was a 2-day event
A romantic plaza stroll
A romantic plaza stroll
An urban flare
An urban flare
Flower planters and sculpture decorate the cityscape_2
Flower planters and sculpture decorate the cityscape_2
Good thinking!
Good thinking!
The scenic greenbelt parallels the Boise River
The scenic greenbelt parallels the Boise River
Lots of public art in Boise
Lots of public art in Boise
Skaters, cyclists, runners and more share the path
Skaters, cyclists, runners and more share the path
A sign of the times
A sign of the times
A stylish commute to the transition area.
A stylish commute to the transition area.
Each Raid team has 3 racers out at a time.
Each Raid team has 3 racers out at a time.
Every second counts. Two teams race towards shore.
Every second counts. Two teams race towards shore.
Flipped!
Flipped!
Saturday's race starts with a lake paddle
Saturday's race starts with a lake paddle
Not everyone has perfect form on the skates.
Not everyone has perfect form on the skates.
Team Nike won the Idaho race by a wide margin
Team Nike won the Idaho race by a wide margin
Mike Tobin, far left, celebrates with his daughter and team
Mike Tobin, far left, celebrates with his daughter and team
The Ridge to River Trail system is only a few miles from downtown
The Ridge to River Trail system is only a few miles from downtown
David & Libby showed me the Ridge to Rivers trails
David & Libby showed me the Ridge to Rivers trails
Fat tire culture is evident
Fat tire culture is evident