August 30, 2012
We had an early wakeup call this morning, only to find out we were celebrating our 43rd anniversary. Where does the time go? And what better way to celebrate, than a ride on the Lewis and Clark trail and a death defying ride into Hells Canyon. How romantic can you get? The ride on the Lewis and Clark trail was spectacular, with many breathtaking views following the river. The ride starts just outside of Missoula, in Lolo MT. We took historic route 12 all the way to Grangeville ID, where we picked up route 95 to White Bird. The only down side was, the smoke from the wild fires burning to the South. The smoke followed us most of the ride and was really heavy at times. We had lunch in White Bird at a neat little restaurant, the only restaurant, before heading out to Hells Canyon. The ride into Hells Canyon was hell, the views were spectacular. It’s 17 miles in and 17 miles back out on a narrow gravel road. Annette shot some video that doesn’t even come close to the feeling you get looking off the side of the road, knowing if you go over there is no survival. That’s when and if they ever find you! Parts of the canyon are deeper than the Grand Canyon; at least that’s what the brochure said. After that it was off to our hotel in Clarkston WA and another time change. Clarkston is just over the Idaho border. This was a very nice hotel with views of the river and mountains from our balcony. We ended the day with a nice dinner in the hotel restaurant and a bottle of wine in the room. It was a long day and we are off to Coeur D’Alene ID in the morning.
August 31, 2012
We woke up early again and were off and running around 8am. It was a short ride to Coeur D’Alene but we hit a few detours along the way and didn’t get there until 11am. We stopped at the Info center and check out the bike trails for our ride tomorrow. We needed to get the car and bikes washed before any riding, so we decided to get that done and check into the motel first. The motel was in Liberty Lakes WA, just a short drive from Coeur D’Alene. And they have a bike trail along the river. So after giving the car a bath we took a short bike ride for about 12 miles. It was a very nice ride, mostly level, with nice views of the Spokane River. We are only a few miles from Spokane WA. I think Peter Dawson mentioned some hotel in Spokane that we should check out but that was several thousand miles and many wines ago, and I can’t for the life of me remember. Speaking of wine, you guessed it; happy hour in WA has arrived. Catch you tomorrow.
Bob and Annette