Some days you win and some you lose.

Today's plan was to cycle. We are in Boise, the capital of Idaho, passing through on our way to Oregon. Apparently Oregon is green and pretty. Have I said that David likes bucolic countryside? How can he call himself an Australian? Give me a good honest desert any day.

The Boise River winds through the city. There is a  25 mile (40 km) cycle path following the river's greenbelt. On a sunny day it would have been idyllic. Today it rained. We got wet. Fortunately, not too wet. Many years of experience at the cutting edge of tourism have taught us that some days work out better than others. Today was one of the less exciting days, but we've had worse and we've learnt to take the good with the bad.

The Boise  River Greenbelt cycle way - before it started raining.
We found this guy near the river - doesn't he look like a cane toad?

After a few, wet kilometres we gave up on the cycling and decided instead to tour Boise's Old Penitentiary.  I was bored rigid after half an hour. I have no idea how the inmates coped - some for 30 or 40 years. I admit that their histories were interesting though, especially the women.  One woman was convicted of murdering her fourth husband, with the strong suspicion that she probably also dispatched the first three.

The Old Penitentiary

The prison didn't close until the '70s and there were signs up saying if you had been a 'resident' your re-collections would be valuable. The politically correct term 'resident' was amusing. Why not just ask people if they had been incarcerated there?

Tonight we had dinner at an Outback Steakhouse. I know Americans like to make things larger than life but they have got to be kidding!

They have got to be kidding.

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26 June 2013

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