Idaho, Challenges us once more!

April 17, 2019- Snake River Rv Resort, Idaho Falls, ID

This morning Team Ronyx wakes us to a fridge that isn’t working. We had bought a 12v converter plug to plug into the wall when we aren’t driving and apparently the converter we bought was not rated for our fridge. It started to melt and then died. We interviewed with Rett from East Idaho News, then they set off for a hike around town. First stop, Walmart, to see if they had a converter plug. As they walked through town they spotted several restaurants and decided they would try the local BBQ place after they go to the store. While Meghan went into the store Ron sat outside with the dogs. Some people were very curious and even thought he was a panhandler. He explained our journey and a very nice lady went in the store and bought the dogs treats! Meghan didn’t find a converter plug but found a few other things they needed. Team Ronyx picked up their lunch and then headed back to the campground to enjoy their meal. When they returned, several of their other fellow campers stopped by to chat with them about the adventure. One gentleman even knew where Cochranville was because he had looked at houses there at one time. They worked on planning their route, and Meghan caught up on some writing. The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing.

April 18, 2019- Swan Valley, ID

Ron and Onyx leaving their KIFI interview

We can’t believe it’s Thursday again! We are attempting to get to Victor, ID today but we aren’t sure what to expect with the road conditions. Ron sets out with Onyx around 9 am and they are heading East. Ron took the suggested bicycle route this morning from the campground. It took him on the a Greenbelt trail in a horse shoe shape to cross over the river. Meghan waited a little over an hour before she left to catch up to him. She planned to make a few stops at some auto parts stores to see if they had the converter plug that they needed. She wasn’t having very much luck, each place she stopped suggested another place to look. Ron calls, he found the Idaho News Channel 8 station along the highway. He tells Meghan he is going to stop and see if they want to do a story on him. She tells him she will find him and she hops in the truck. She drives a few blocks down the road but couldn’t find him or the station. She looks up his location on an app they are using to keep track of each other’s location, it tells her to turn around. She does, and still doesn’t find him. Meghan is getting a little frustrated so she calls Ron again to get his location, no answer. This time, Meghan decides to just drive in the direction of Ron in hopes that she will spot the News Station or Ron. After she went about 3 blocks further than she had the first time, she sees Ron standing on the sidewalk. They talk with Jilliana from the station. She asks Team Ronyx who wants to be interviewed and Ron points at Meghan. So, Meghan gets to handle this interview. Luckily though, they interview Ron too! After that was done it was almost 11 am. Team Ronyx is on the road, Meghan goes to get fuel and a few groceries. (This tiny fridge/tiny living is a little costly with having to buy smaller containers of essentials like milk) Meghan catches up with Ron about 10 miles up the road. He tells her how he is riding against traffic and a man was driving on the rumble strips straight at him like he was playing chicken. Typically we run into a few people not paying attention or who act like they are being inconvenienced but this person really pushed the boundaries. Ron said he jumped off the bike and ran down the embankment with the bike and Onyx in the trailer. (This is one of the main reasons why we have Fonyx.) A few more miles down the road, Ron spots a Subway and calls Meghan to let her know so she can stop and get food for the day. She goes to Subway and Ron pedals on, after another hour or so, Meghan catches up to Ron again and they eat their lunch along the road. Soon they are climbing mountain hills again. They know they aren’t going to make it to Victor today as the day is getting later. After Ron has pedaled 30 miles, they start looking for places to camp. Since we are at higher elevations, there aren’t any roads or campgrounds open. They find the next populated area at Swan Valley, ID. Meghan waits for Ron to arrive at the gas station/market. He has ridden 49.5 miles today. They discuss where they want to camp and a really nice couple approaches them and starts a conversation. Next thing you know, they are following them out to a remote camping area 5 miles out in the woods. It was beautiful there. Team Ronyx agreed that it was tied for the best along with the Silver Creek West camping spot they had in Bellevue, ID. They chatted with the couple for awhile before they parted ways. Ron and the dogs played fetch while Meghan worked on the blog and uploading pictures to the computer. That evening they had a lovely fire. Ron and the dogs ate food cooked over the fire, and Meghan enjoyed the last half of her Subway sub.

April 19, 2019- Emily’s Pond, Jackson, WY

Ron and Onyx riding through the Targhee National Forest south of the Stouts Mountain

7:00 am we are packing up camp and heading into town to the gas station where Ron stopped peddling last night. We get there and top off the gas tank on the truck and gas can for the generator. Ron takes Onyx and starts pedalling to Victor, ID. He told Meghan to sit at the gas station for 30 minutes or more to give him some time to get up highway 31. After about 30 minutes, he called Meghan to tell her to sit tight as the road was straight up and there weren’t any pull off places. Meghan pulled off the road to wait for Ron to give her the all clear. After another 20 minutes, he called to let her know there was a pull off place. She drove to him, the road is narrow, winding and a pretty steep incline. There is little to no shoulder on this road. Ron is pedaling or walking the hills. When there is a lot of traffic, he is off the bike waiting for it to go by or pushing the bike and trailer on the shoulder of the road. Meghan drives ahead past the 11 mile marker. There is construction, the road is all torn up and large loose rock is where the pavement should be. She pulls over and waits for Ron, she starts to jog back to the section of the road to try and snap a picture of him coming through but there is a lot of traffic. Ron switches out Onyx for Fonyx after the rough road. Today’s ride is very challenging. After about 17 miles of hills, Ron finally gets to go down towards the town of Victor. Meghan goes ahead a few miles into town to find a bathroom and park the truck. She walks the dogs around town until Ron arrives. They load up the bike gear and head over to the BBQ place that is around the corner. It is beautiful out today, the sun is shining, and people are walking around in their flip flops and jackets. Meghan overheard several people chatting about how this is the nicest day they have had in a while. After lunch, the bike and trailer gear is out and they are heading to Wyoming! Ron has another grueling ride up the 6% grade. They reach the Wyoming line at 27 miles. Onyx and Phoenix get to run around and play in the snow and Meghan takes them down to the stream. After a brief rest, Ron is ready to pedal again. He puts Fonyx in the trailer and heads up the mountain further, this time it’s a 10% grade. Ron pedals another 2 more miles up the mountain. They meet at a weigh station; Ron decides to weigh the bike, trailer and Fonyx. The scale says he is pulling 120 lbs of gear!  Team Ronyx discuss the road conditions; there is more snow on the shoulders and the traffic is increasing. They decided to drive the remaining 12 miles into Jackson, WY and it was good they did! As they were riding down the mountain, the shoulders were still covered in several feet of snow and the traffic was heavy with the holiday traffic. About halfway down the mountain, the brakes on the truck started to get too hot. They pull off the road and wait for them to cool off. A sheriff pulls over to check on them and he asks us who is from Cochranville, PA. We explain that we are both from PA but now live on the coast and about our journey. He informs us that he grew up in Chester County, PA and that he has lived out here for 16 years. When the brakes are cooled off, Team Ronyx heads into town, once they reach town they decide to go find dinner and then try to find a place to camp for the night. They found a Pizza Hut, as Ron was going in to order their pizza another sheriff pulled up and told us he saw us on the news. We asked him about potential camp spots as everything in this area is still closed. After a few minutes, he came up with an idea; he called the office and got us special permission to camp in a day use area for the night. We thanked him and after our dinner was done, we headed over to our camp spot for the night. We hiked the dogs around the Snake River and Ron played fetch with the dogs while Meghan chatted with her mom on the phone. That evening Ron set up the generator and heated up water for his tiny home bath. After they were settled for the night they discussed their potential plans for heading up to Moran, WY and Yellowstone this weekend.

Our flags are down, Idaho.

April 11, 2019- Fairfield, Idaho

We are up at 5:30 am MT and discuss today’s plans. Fairfield is our next destination but it’s a lot of hills and Ron doesn’t think he can ride that many hills today. We decide we will try to find a place to camp in the Castle Rocks area as Meghan can see some places on the satellite view of some roads they may be able to park off of. Ron wants to start the morning our hiking with Onyx. He puts on his backpack and sign and off they go at 6:15am. Meghan stays behind at the Pilot station with Phoenix and they pack up camp. We are back on track. After an hour goes by, Meghan warms up the truck and checks their camper lights. The passenger side one isn’t working, she bangs it with her fist as that has worked before and she breaks the plastic side lens! Ooops. She gets out the super glue and glues the lens back together. Ron calls to check up on her and tells her to sit for another 30 minutes. After the time was up, Meghan headed up 20E in search of Ron. She finds him 4 miles up the road around 8 am. He exchanges the hiking gear for the Bike and trailer. They load up Onyx into the trailer and Ron and Onyx are off again. It is overcast, snowing and raining all morning. By 11:00 am Ron had peddled 20 miles and wanted to keep going; he took a 45 minute break. They got to the Castle Rocks view point at the 29th mile around 2 pm and the weather finally cleared up. Ron switches of Onyx for Fonxy so that the “King” can take a break as he works hard riding in his cart being anxious to get out and run. Ron decides he will continue to ride as they haven’t found anywhere suitable to camp unless they were going to park along the highway. This terrain is mostly mountainous winding hills. The scenery is beautiful. Around 4:00 pm, Ron had gone 48 miles and wanted to keep going, they are almost in the town of Fairfield. At 4:45 pm, Team Ronyx arrived in Fairfield at the gas station, Ron had peddled 57 miles to get here. They had dinner at the Café on the Highway and found a tiny RV park along the highway They were hesitant to stay there but figured they didn’t have many other options. They called the RV park number and the gentleman told him to come into the restaurant next door to pay. Meghan went over to pay while Ron set up camp. They wanted showers and to rest for the evening. The bathhouse consisted of an old laundromat with cracked cement floors, peeling tiles and faulty lights. On the far side of the laundromat were two bathrooms, both looked the same, a dirty bath mat,a toilet, shower stall and sink. No heat, hooks for towels or anything fancy but it would work for quick shower. They took turns taking their showers and went to bed.

April 12, 2019- Silver Spring West Entrance, Bellevue, ID

Team Ronyx is heading East towards Carey, Idaho, They don’t think they aren’t going to make it that far but they want to see how far they can get as Meghan still struggles to find places to camp due to most places being closed until May. Ron heads out around 8:20 am, Meghan goes into the center of town of Fairfield which consists of one paved road through the center of town and a grid of dirt roads that make up the “blocks” in town. There is a school, bar, post office, and several other businesses. Meghan picks up their general delivery mail from Kem. It’s a whole box of goodies for snacking and some Easter candy for Team Ronyx to enjoy. Meghan picks up a few items at the market in town and heads down the road to find Ron and Fonyx. By 10:45 am, Ron has already peddled 20.5 miles. He is making good time as the weather isn’t bad today. It is chilly and there have been spurts of rain here and there but for the most part the day is clear. Meghan is waiting for him at the entrance of the Magic Reservoir/ Hot Springs Landing. She wants to venture the half of mile back to see the reservoir and the hot spring. Ron agrees but wants to ride it so they don’t have to pack up the gear and unpack it again. They go down to the reservoir. You could tell it hasn’t filled up yet as the water isn’t even touching the boat dock yet. The hot springs are completely fenced off which disappointed Team Ronyx. You could see the steam rising but you couldn’t get close enough to see the actual spring. They hung out and played fetch with Onyx and Phoenix for a little over an hour. Meghan worked on getting photos uploaded to the computer and they talked with another gentleman that was kayaking in the reservoir. He told us that there was a campground about 10 miles down the road called Hayspur Landing but he wasn’t sure if it was open yet. Meghan was pretty sure she had looked at that one and saw that it was closed but they decided that would be their destination first and then go from there. Ron headed off again with Fonyx. He went another 14.2 miles before they found Hayspur Landing, and it’s starting to hail heavily. Ron and Meghan loaded up the bike gear and drove back to the campground, it was closed for the season. Meghan thought she had read about another campground just down the road. She looked it up quick and it was only 2 miles away. They drove there and parked just in time for the skies to let loose. It hailed so hard and so fast that you had to wear a baseball hat or it stung your face. In a matter of minutes it looked like the entire area had been snowed on. Everything was white. Ron and the dogs headed off to find wood to make a fire. Ron spotted a Great Horned owl in the tree. He called Meghan over and she took pictures, she also did a quick live video for Facebook. In a few hours, the sun was back out and all the hail had melted, the sun was now setting and it looked as if there had never been any precipitation. Ron and the dogs had fun playing fetch in the water, and then Ron built a small fire in their fire ring and cooked dinner. The panoramic views of the mountains made this camp so serene. And it was free!

April 13, 2019- Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco ID

Team Ronyx has confirmation that their friends Juanita and Harold are going to be on road from Oregon to come and meet Team Ronyx in a few days wherever they end up. They are so excited to see their friends. They pack up camp this morning and Ron hops on his bike to peddle towards the town of Carey and then to Craters of the Moon National Monument since it is right near the town where they plan to meet their friends. Ron takes Onyx on this trip, they peddle through the first part of their journey in no time, it is flat, then when they right outside the town of Carey, the terrain turns into hills again. Ron makes pretty good time though; they take several breaks and take lots of pictures as the scenery is breathtaking. There are snowcapped mountains everywhere. They arrive at Craters of the Moon around 2:45 pm after Ron biked 35 miles. Meghan goes in the welcome center to inquire about camping since the gates to the adjoining campground are closed. The ranger informs them that they are allowed to camp in the parking lot but they cannot run the generator for heat. They decide to start up the woodstove. They would also like to take a bath since they hadn’t taken one for 2 days. Ron decides he is going to use a chunk of snow for his bath, just to say he did it. After the woodstove is lit and burning. Ron took the large pot out to the snow bank and shoved a huge hunk of snow in it, Meghan snapped some photos to prove that he did it. Then she took a walk around the park with Phoenix. In about an hour or so, his snow had turned into hot water. He took the first bath, then they started the whole process over for Meghan’s bath, she however didn’t want to use the snow. After a few phone calls, they headed to bed. Tomorrow is the day that Juanita and Harold should arrive!

April 14, 2019, Arco, ID

Last night got cold!!! With the woodstove burning, the tiny house gets super-hot. But when the flame goes out, it gets really cold. At 7:15 am, Ron goes out and turns on the generator so they can get the heater going. He and Meghan discuss what they want to do for the day since they don’t have a really far distance to travel. They were going to try and hike around Craters of the Moon but the snow was pretty deep in some areas and not quite frozen enough to walk on top of any more so you would stay on top for awhile and then fall through. They decided they would skip hiking around and just get on the road since they wanted to get into Arco and get their laundry done. Ron and Fonyx hit the road after 10 am. They peddled until they reached Arco, again, lots of hills. When they found the laundry mat they saw the hotel they were planning to stay at with their friends. They had to do a lot of begging for quarters at various stores in town since the tiny laundromat didn’t have a change machine and the banks were closed. After Ron hiked and even got a ride to the opposite end of town, they finally had enough change to do their essential laundry pile. After they were done with the laundry they went and checked into their hotel and took off for a hike while they waited for their friends to arrive. They hiked up in the hills behind the hotel, scaling the rocks and outcrops. It was very windy and cold. After about an hour and half they went back to the motel to wait for Juanita and Harold; who arrived around dinner time. When everybody was all settled they all went across the street to Pickles Place for dinner and then Meghan and Juanita took a stroll through town. That evening they sat around and chatted about their trip so far and Juanita and Harolds plans to someday take their own road trip.

April 15, 2019, Arco, ID

Once everybody was up they discussed what to do for the day. Meghan and Juanita wanted to stay for the day and explore and just visit with each other. Harold wanted to check out a place he had seen further in town. They decided they could use one more night at the motel. Juanita and Meghan went to talk to the motel owners to extend their stay. We must have woken him up because he was pretty sour to us. Once we got that taken care of we went back to Pickles Place across the street to get breakfast. Then we drove around town for a little to check out the sites. After that Juanita and Harold went their own way for a few hours and Meghan and Ron walked all around the North end of town. They found the medical center/hospital. It was the smallest Meghan had ever seen. But you can’t expect much in a town with a population of 906. In the afternoon, Juanita joined Meghan and Ron and they hiked back up into the hills behind their motel to go rock hunting and to just see the sites. Ron played with the dogs and climbed up high into the rock outreaches. Meghan and Juanita stuck to the ATV path and surrounding ground for the most part. They found a few good rocks but nothing over-the-top extraordinary. Juanita took some pictures of adventurous Ron up on a bluff above a small cave and a picture of Meghan and Ron. As they were heading back to the motel, Meghan happened to look down and found a fossil! It’s the first real fossil she has ever found.

April 16, 2019- Idaho Falls, ID

Today we must get on our way. Harold and Juanita are up early, packed and headed out so team Ronyx can get back on the road. Meghan is feeling a bit emotional about their farewell but will get her head back together soon. Team Ronyx is going to continue out 26E towards Idaho Falls. They don’t know if they will make it the whole 60 miles but Ron wants to try. Ron and Fonyx heads out around 10:20 am. Meghan runs into town to top off the gas can and truck with fuel and grab some groceries. They aren’t sure where they are going to end up so they want to be prepared. Meghan catches up to Ron about 15 miles outside of town. He is doing fine. The road is pretty level with a few hills here and there. 30 miles into the trip they discuss how much further Ron wants to peddle. He says he is going to keep going as he isn’t sure where they are going to camp as there is nothing out here. Our here it is desolate. Meghan and Ron both keep seeing busses with the Idaho National Laboratory logo on it. They figure out that the company actually busses their employees in and out. After a few rounds of seeing the busses, the bus drivers started waving at Team Ronyx. At 59.3 miles, Traffic is getting heavy and the shoulder of the road isn’t very wide. Team Ronyx is just outside the town of Idaho Falls. They decide to load up the bike gear and drive the 5 miles into town to an RV apark Meghan found online. Right as they were getting to pull out onto the road Meghan received a call from Rett from E. Idaho News. He wanted to do a story on Team Ronyx. They planned to meet in the morning. After they drove to town and found their camp spot, they took a quick walk to explore the campground and let the dogs run and play. That evening they spent talking with fellow campers about their journey. Everybody has been super friendly.

Idaho: We Surrender!

As we venture further into Idaho we face some challenges both environmentally and technologically.

April 8, 2019- Boise Riverside Campground, Garden City, ID

Ready Onyx? (Riding the Boise River Greenbelt)

Team Ronyx is up and discussing the days plan. Meghan has been busy since they arrived at Boise Riverside RV Park contacting local TV news stations and newspapers. She got an email at 7:30 am to have an interview today ASAP but she didn’t leave their contact #’s in the email. She emailed the station back at 9 am when she found the email and then called to follow up. While Team Ronyx waited for the News station to call, they decided to calculate the miles that Ron rode last night on the Boise River Greenbelt. They walked the path to Ron’s stopping point and calculated that he rode 4 miles last night. Then they continued to walk as far as they could until they reached the Veterans Memorial Highway and then they returned back to the campground. That was 5.5 miles of walking for the day and the News station still hasn’t contacted us. They decided Ron would ride the Boise River Greenbelt and bank more miles since they have been using their banked miles due to weather and technical difficulties. They waited all day for the news station to contact them again. Meanwhile, Meghan worked on updating info, emails, and all that other jazz. It rained all day. Ron’s phone is acting up again. We need to get it replaced now. Phoenix has found a new friend. His name is Astro, he’s a 2 year old brindle great dane and he is huge! Astro loves Phoenix and Phoenix is hesitantly playful with this big pup.

April 9, 2019- Overland Street, Parking Lot, Boise, ID

“Follow me” Walking along the Farmers Lateral, Boise, ID

The Channel 6 news contacted us this morning. They want to meet us between 11 :00 am and noon. We tell them we will stay put and we get prepared to leave. A young man named AJ came and interviewed Ron, asked him lots of questions, took some videos and pictures and left. We packed up the remainder of our things and headed into Garden City to get dog food, milk and to the Verizon store. We pulled in and half the staff came out to greet us and ask us what we were doing. We explained our Adventure and Ron’s issues with his phone and how we haven’t gotten much assistance from Verizon. Thomas jumped right in and say, I got this! Before you know it he was on the phone with the insurance company that handles Verizon phones and was getting him a new phone. The only issue was they wouldn’t send it to just any address. Thomas has an idea, he gave them an address and told Team Ronyx that he owned a coffee shop on the other side of town called Strongline Espresso. He told us to park there for the night and the phone would be there by noon. We didn’t really want to be another day behind but decided it was time to use some more of Ron’s 102 banked miles and we would jump on Interstate 84 and go straight to Mountain Home as our initial bike route was going to take us Southeast to Pleasant Valley and then East to Mountain Home. We knew we didn’t want to pay for another night of camping because that is using up funds quickly. After we got situated at our camp for the night. We took the dogs for a walk along a path next to a waterway that went through the neighborhood in Boise. The dogs had fun fetching sticks and splashing in the water. We ended up walking 5.5 miles that evening.

April 10, 2019- Pilot Rest Stop, Mountain Home, ID

We woke up early this morning, packed up, picked up a few more supplies and hopped on I84 to Mountain Home. The winds today very high. We can’t drive as fast as everybody else on the Interstate but we make it to Mountain home around lunch time and ended up cashing in 52 of our banked miles to drive there. We find our spot at the Pilot Rest Stop. The wind is so bad it is rocking the entire truck. We are glad Ron didn’t try to ride today because it would have been very difficult for him to tow Onyx (or Fonyx) in his trailer on a day like today. Not long after we got to Mountain Home, the local newspaper contacted us and said they would be over in 10 minutes if we were ready. Meghan said, “Sure, come on over, you can’t miss us!” Ron looked at her like she had horns growing out of her head. He asked, “They are coming right now?” “Y es!, she said” So they prepared for their interview. No time for make-up and glam when you are on the road. You get scruff and gruff! The interview went well and quick due to the winds. After the reporter left, Team Ronyx all hung out in their tiny home and watched it sway back and forth all afternoon. Ron took the dogs out for a little while until Onyx stepped on a Goat Head thorn. Luckily, He wasn’t injured but Ron brought them inside to avoid them having an injury. While they were stuck inside, it was a good time for Meghan to start contacting destinations ahead and plan out their route. They were heading towards Fairfield, ID in the morning but Ron didn’t think he would be able to go 50 miles so they decided they would probably dry camp near Castle Rocks, Idaho (Not the state park area).