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Damp Forecast Means More Tutti Fruttis for Chris
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It took all these hands at Higher Ground to cook and serve breakfast burritos complete with salsa, guacamole and even peanut butter for those who wanted it.
 
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STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAREN BOSSICK

We’re hardy folk. Or, maybe, we’re just tired of letting rain have the upper hand.

The threat of rain and snow didn’t stop hundreds of bicyclists from taking part in Mountain Rides’ Bike to Work and School Day Wednesday morning, nor did it stop the waffle and burrito makers who showed up to feed them.

 
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Jason Dykhouse manned a couple of waffle makers churning out both fat and thin varieties.
 

“We’re never afraid of a little rain or snow,” said Kim Piggins, who was handing out donut bites and bubbles with Nicole Williams and Susan Chizum—her cohorts from Big Wood School. “We do it for the kids.”

Wednesday’s cyclists were greeted with fresh snow on the mountain tops and rivulets of fog drifting in and out of the folds of the hillsides lining the bike path as it made its way from Bellevue through Ketchum.

An elk peered out of the woods near Cold Springs, eyeing the parade of cyclists passing by before looking both ways and hoofing it across the path.

ClubRide’s Cameron Lloyd and a handful of cyclists watched as a moose emerged from the Big Wood River and merged into the woods just beyond the intersection near the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ Craters of the Moon skeleton lava tube.

 
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Christina Cernansky pedaled bicycle bells, apples and Cheetos down the path in her bicycle basket.
 

“We always pick this location for the view,” he said, nodding towards Baldy, Dollar Mountain and the snowcapped mountains to the north.

Joshua Murdock fed a waffle to Mellow the yellow lab while Jason Dykhouse served up fat waffles to 7-year-old Kire Herbst.

Kire, whose name means “beautiful” in Japanese,” was in training for her family’s big summer vacation biking around British Columbia.

“She’s always been on the back up until now,” said her father Trent Herbst, a fourth-grade teacher at Sun Valley Community School.

 
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Kire Herbst enjoyed pedaling to Sun Valley Community School with her father Trent Herbst.
 

Sun Valley has taken on the appearance of Seattle during the past week with more rain than sun. Boise on Tuesday had already amassed two inches more precipitation than it normally gets in an entire year—with four-plus months left to go in the current water year.

On Wednesday cyclists in Hailey endured a brief sprinkle while those north of Buttercup Road remained dry.

Those manning booths in Hailey said the dampish forecast didn’t seem to cut down on the number of participants. But Chris Rybak said it did seem to dampen attendance to the north—most notably among older teens.

“No problem. That just means more Tutti Fruttis for me,” said Rybal, who was manning Sturtevants’ booth with David Vasquez Jr.

 
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Bicyclists were dressed for whatever Mother Nature might throw at them—with smiles on their faces.
 

“This is wonderful compared to Guatemala,” added Pastor Mark Inouye, who just got back from South America, where he and other members of the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood had dug a well in temperatures hovering between 97 and 107 degrees with 97 percent humidity.

Temperatures on Wednesday morning were actually quite pleasant though only in the upper 40s. And with the cloud cover there wasn’t any wind to battle no matter which way you were pedaling.

The sun made a weak attempt to appear but Mountain Rides handed out sunglasses just in case.

An army of Higher Ground team members, celebrating their organization’s 20th anniversary, cooked sausage, eggs and peppers on the grill before folding the mixture into burritos.

Courtney Hamilton handed out green poppyseed and yellow and red raspberry mini-muffins to draw attention to Girls on the Run’s upcoming Color Me Fearless 5K on June 1.

And Zenergy Health Club and Spa served up green drinks made of kale, cucumbers and other vegetables.

“What amazes me about this,” said NAMI-WRV’s Christina Cernansky, “Is how family-friendly it is. Parents come by with their kids. And they don’t just rush by. They stop and talk.”

 

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