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June 27, 1997

Jessica joins me for the first time in many years to ride forest roads around my new home in Boise.

Shafer Butte
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Shafer Butte
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I moved to Boise a few months ago to take a job at the University of Idaho Boise Center. My friend Brett owns a four-plex and I’m rooming with him in one of the units.

I rode down from Moscow to visit Brett a couple times last year.¹ We went riding together but instead of forest trails like we’re used to, we found mostly dust and a bit of disappointment.

Brett and I have explored more since I moved here and found dirt roads on the ridge above town that I thought would be fun to visit with Jessica.

  1. Trail Image, “Autumn Ride to Boise”: trailimage.com/autumn-ride-to-boise
Still snow!
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Still snow!
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Jessica and I have known each other for about nine years. We met at Grace Baptist Church in Moscow. Her family also lived in Troy. I began riding my motorcycle to visit and came to know them well. A couple years later they moved away but I kept in touch by letter and drove to visit them a couple times on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington (Brett joined me once).

Jessica and I talked and wrote a lot last year about our friendship — if it could be more. But circumstances seemed to say no. I was sad about that for a while but I’m glad to have her visit and join me for some small adventures around my new home.

Enjoying the view
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Jessica and I ride up from Boise and along the ridge farther than I’ve gone before. The road goes right up what looks to be a ski hill. There’s a gate but it’s wide open so we carry on to the top.

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The other side
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I have skills
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I have skills
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We park where the road reaches the lifts and walk around on foot, taking in views that, like our futures, neither of us has seen.