Nampa, ID to Evanston, WY (Sept. 1, 2015)

This travelogue report covers my journey on Tuesday, September 1st, from Nampa, Idaho to Evanston, Wyoming. The following map shows my route for this day’s nine-hour journey of 480 miles, once again under a beautiful sunny sky for much of the way.

My route from Nampa, ID to Evanston, WY

My route from Nampa, ID to Evanston, WY

Due to the longer ride ahead of me that day, I started out from the Sleep-Inn motel just after 8:30 AM MDT and initially headed westward along ID-55. After crossing the Snake River and passing through the small community of Marsing, I switched to ID-78, which runs southeastward along the southern bank of the Snake River as far as Hammett.

Along that route, I took a few photos of the scenery, which starts out mostly relatively flat and bleak, as shown in this photo.


After a short distance I passed by some farm fields with some hills in the distance. The proximity to the Snake River apparently provides sufficient water for some successful farming operations.


Except for a few short segments, most of the ride along ID-78 was too far away from the Snake River to see much of it. However, I did take this one photo, albeit against the morning sunlight, resulting in this washed out view of a wider section of the river.


A few miles farther along, the road was much farther from the river and consequently the land was much more arid and not suitable for farming.


Just before reaching Hammett, the road crossed over to the north bank of the Snake River. After passing through Hammett, ID-78 terminated at the junction with I-84. A railroad line for Union Pacific and some of Old US-30 is sandwiched between the river and I-84, as can been seen in this photo showing the view across the river towards the south.


When I reached the town of Bliss, I exited from I-84 and continued south along US-30. After a few miles, I came to an overlook and paused to take in the view as well as two photos of the Snake River Canyon to create this panoramic view. The information panels highlight some of the history in this area.

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As I was entering the town of Hagerman, I noticed a display of statues of sheep and a horse near its rider. It was an unusual sight.


A short distance south of Hagerman, I took this next photo of the various houses directly alongside the Snake River. There are many more along this section of the river since its apparent flow is sedate enough in this area to become a lake.


About 20 minutes later, I rode through the small town of Buhl, where I decided to stop for lunch after spotting a Subway sandwich shop. Afterwards, I continued along US-30 through Twin Falls, the small towns of Kimberly, Hansen, and then refueled in Burley.

From Burley, I continued eastward along ID-81 a short distance to the tiny community of Declo, where I turned south onto ID-77 towards the tiny community of Malta, where ID-77 rejoins ID-81. From Malta the highway is called Old Highway 81 as far as the Utah state line, where it becomes UT-42 and continues east for a short distance to merge with UT-30. In the town of Snowville, UT-30 ends, resuming farther east from I-15 just north of Tremonton. While in Snowville, I stopped at a convenience store for nearly 15 minutes for some refreshments.

With no other highways to the east, I could only proceed eastward along I-84. This next photo shows a panoramic view towards the east along I-84 a few miles east of Snowville.


In this next photo, I was approaching the distant hills visible in that previous photo.


Upon reaching Tremonton, I turned north on I-15 for a short distance to the exit onto UT-30 towards Logan. Nearly three miles from I-15, I came to an apparent resort area adjacent to the Bear River. This photo shows a view of the resort as I passed by.


Just to the east is the boundary of the Cache National Forest, which covers a very large area in southeastern Idaho and northeastern Utah. This next photo shows a view ahead with the city of Logan at the base of the Bear River Mountains in the Cache National Forest.


In Logan, UT-30 merges with US-89, which continues eastward to Bear Lake, which straddles the Idaho-Utah border. These next three photos show views along Logan Canyon as I rode eastwards along US-89 from Logan into the Bear River Mountains. This section of highway is also known as the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway.


The highway peaks at Bear Lake Summit (El: 7,800 ft/2,377 m) before descending to Garden City on the western shore of Bear Lake. Near that summit I took this next photo of the scenic view along with the solitary home.


The road from the summit to Garden City has numerous horseshoe curves. Along the way, there are several homes with spectacular views overlooking the lake. I took these next photos as I was nearing Garden City.

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US-89 continues northward into Idaho along the western shore of Bear Lake. I continued southward along UT-30 around the southern end of the lake. As I was riding south, the apparently non-functional lighthouse alongside the highway caught my eye for this photo.


South of Bear Lake, UT-16 branches off from UT-30 to continue south through the very small communities of Randolph and Woodruff. When it reaches the Wyoming border between Woodruff and Evanston, WY, it becomes WY-89.

Just north of Randolph, I took this final photo during this day’s journey. It shows the view towards the southeast with the Crawford Mountains in the distance.


Although the weather had occasionally looked ominous during this day’s journey, I enjoyed dry roads and no rain the entire day.

At 5:36 PM MDT, I arrived at the Quality Inn motel in Evanston, where I redeemed several points with Choice Hotels for another night of free lodging. Conveniently located across the highway is the TC’s Steakhouse, where I enjoyed a nice dinner with beer.

That concludes this travelogue report for September 1st. The next day’s ride brought me back to Boulder, Colorado for another visit with my friend KC. More about that journey in my next report.


About Don

I'm a retired computer programmer who enjoys touring the country by motorcycle.
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