Bicycle Idaho 2006: Getting There

On July 25, 2006, I left Illinois to drive to Idaho for the big bike ride.

Why Idaho? Well, why not? Two of my friends from Oregon would be on the ride, and they told me that the Idaho scenery is different from that available in Iowa and Illinois.

Why drive? 2006 is the 50th anniversary of the Interstate Highway System, and I could see some friends along the way, and I didn't have to take my bike apart for shipping.

Wisconsin welcomes me.

An old friend in a new building, cheesy sign and all.

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This rest area has a little climbing hill, so I'll take a little break and get some exercise.

"Highground" should have been a warning.

From the parking area, this looked like the top.

At least there are snacks growing on bushes.

Sweating and panting, I arrive at the top. It's much higher than it looked.

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These two little squirts and their dad passed me on the way up.

Law enforcement memorial at the visitor center.

Animals frolicing in a clearing. One seems a bit off color.

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A bar with my name on it? Gotta get a picture of this!

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July 26, 2006; Second day of driving.

Wednesday breakfast at nephew Eddie's in Minneapolis

View of Grass Lake from the kitchen.

Paying a visit to friend Dan in Lena Lake. Dan has trapped some rabbits.

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Rest stop sign in Minnesota. So that's where the name Itasca came from?

The Lake Wobegon Trail. Ordinarily I would have gotten on the bike and ridden a few miles, but it was well over 95 degrees that day.

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July 27, 2006; Third day of driving.

An SF-themed bar, one of several in North Dakota.

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The Theodore Roosevelt National Park visitor center, where it was 97 degress.

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Drainpipe art near the Montana visitor center.

Montana lets you know where the bad routes are.

Half of the Lewis & Clark expedition passed here almost exactly 200 years ago. It was 106 at this rest area. Nice views of the Yellowstone River, though.

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Apparently snakes won't bite you if you stay on the concrete.

It's been a dry summer in Montana.

Pretty sunsets, though.

July 28, 2006; Fourth day of driving, after an overnight stay in Deer Lodge.

Houses on a hill in Livingston, near Bozeman.

Missoula itself looks nice and green, but the hills are very dry.

It gets greener as we get close to Idaho.

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