Bicycle Idaho 2006: On the bike

We met in Coeur d'Alene late Friday and drove to Sandpoint the next day.

We camped out at the high school the day before the ride.

Sunday, July 30: Sandpoint, ID, to Thompson Falls, MT.

Finally on the road and heading for Thompson Falls

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Scens along the way

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Lake Pend Oreille

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Time for a little nature study.

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It's starting to get rocky.

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Along the Clark Fork river.

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Monday, July 31: Thompson Falls, MT, to Kellog, ID.

Time for a rest on the way up.

Atop Thompson Pass, getting ready for a steep descent.

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In the little town of Murray, Idaho

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Water stop at Prichard.

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Typical route markings.

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Food at the water stop.

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Stumps in field across river from road.

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Is this really a river? It seems too clear to be one.

More scens along the river.

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CDA Trailhead at Enaville. One of the rules is "No shooting from or across right of way."

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Trail maintenance vehicle

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The CDA trail near Smelterville. Rather bleak, isn't it?

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The campground at Kellogg.

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Some views of the nearby town.

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More views of the campground.

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Wednesday, August 2: Kellog, ID, to Harrison, ID.

On the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.

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The first water stop of the day. That's an osprey nest on the utility pole.

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The trail is still flat. There is eagle nest in the tree.

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Lots of recreational cyclists use this trail.

Lily pads are visible as we approach Harrison and start to see Lake Coeur d'Alene.

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Our campground in Harrison, appropriately at the local Senior Citizens center.

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Thursday, August 3: Harrison to Coeur d'Alene

The route stays close to the lake.

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Colorful jerseys at the rest stop.

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What's that eating noisily just off the road? Looks like Bullwinkle.

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Halfway up the last hill of the day.

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Top of the hill, on the Yellowstone Trail. It's all downhill from here.

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Bill and Janet met us where we camped, at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d'Alene.

Mike rests up from the hard ride.

It's a bleak campsite, but we have a choice location -- upwind from the sheep barn.

And close to the outhouses.

The shower truck is always a welcome sight.

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As is the food truck.

Hot water for the showers.

And the ever-important beverage truck.

Waiting for supper to start.

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After supper, Hank folds the sun shelter.

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Friday, August 4: Coeur d'Alene to Sandpoint

The hills on Thursday took a lot out of me, and when I'm tired I don't take many pictures. Besides, there wasn't much in the way of scenery this day.

On the road again

Pumping up a tire by a horse farm.

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Some pretty flowers on the roadside.

Lumbering along.

Second rest stop, by a beautiful little lake.

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