My bike’s been to the shop and back, twice: Now it’s tuned up, with a new chain, new brake cable, new bottom bracket, and new pedals. Took it out for a short ride the day I picked it up and a longer ride the next day, which took me past the end of Leg 27: the Idaho State Capitol in Boise .

Monochrome aerial view of Idaho State Capitol and environs. It is a domed building strongly reminiscent of the United States Capitol.

State Capitol, Boise, Idaho in the 1940s

Which looks a lot like the United States Capitol, doesn’t it? It was built in 1905 and, per Wikipedia, it has 219 pillars in the original building.

And… yeah, another capitol. Good news is, Leg 28 does not terminate at a state capitol. More good news: It’s shorter than Leg 27. And as we get into the west coast, the legs will continue to be mostly shorter and less capitol-heavy than they have been for the past year and a half or so. I’m psyched. The bike ride took me almost 9 km past the Capitol and on toward the next goal.

April was a month. A month with three rain days right near the beginning, then an eclipse that ate up a day, then postering for a morris dancing tour and the tour itself, keeping me from covering much ground for two more days, and just two bike rides due to the repairs. Sounds disastrous, but on the other hand I did have my longest single day walk thus far — more than 21,000 steps — and quite a few other long walk days. Steps per day worse than February or March but better than most of 2022 or 2023, and distance per day was pretty typical for the time of year.

A map showing my progress is here , a spreadsheet with progress detail is here , and a Google Earth KMZ file is in  this Google Drive folder . Present coordinates: 43.634°N, 116.294°W .

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