72 miles, 2,956 total
A brutal start to the day out of Ennis, with a 6-mile climb of 2,000 ft. Just craning my neck looking up, up, up, the road seemed to end above the clouds. I was in my lowest gear and huffing and puffing at 2 miles an hour.
Finally, after riding over the summit, I came to Virginia City, a restored western town (at one time was the capital of what was then the Idaho Territory with 10,000 residents). After the mining boom ended, it became a ghost town until Charles and Sue Bovey began buying the town in the 1950s. Now it’s a thriving tourist town (but only between Memorial and Labor Day) and is a National Historic Landmark operated as an open air museum. Of the nearly three hundred structures in town, almost half were built prior to 1900.
Spending tonight in a motel! I’m glad I was able to visit the laundromat to wash my biking clothes.