The Great Northern Idaho
Bike Adventure – August 2009
Those of you who like to cycle missed some
great rides! The group (which I warned
Dennis might get
too large) was a very manageable FIVE
when we gathered for the first ride in Kellogg, ID
on August 13.
We rode west on the Trail of the Coeur D’Alenes in the early
evening, planning to just go to Pineville.
But oops! The trail was so nice
we ended up in Enaville before we knew it.
Decided NOT to eat at the old brothel and headed back to
pizza and beer as planned.
Met the next morning to ride in the other direction…to
notorious Wallace, that former den of iniquity.
The ride was really nice until the rain started.
We finally sought shelter at a bike friendly
convenience store until it slowed back down to “drizzle.”
As the photo confirms we were all still
Stopped at 1313 for burgers and “wet burros.”
By then the sun was out and we checked out
the town—and the Huckleberry Festival.
And part of the road to Avery.
Got back in time to do what was the lowlight of the trip…the
Ride and Dine offer from the Silver Mountain
folks. Ride the gondola up to the base of
area and eat BBQ on the mountain. As
Mike McClean put it, “This sounded really good on paper.”
No one was prepared for 35 degrees and rain
and the staff was cooking on 4 inches of water.
But the stories about that part of the trip will be around for a
The next morning, the tiny group got tinier when two had to
go on early for other commitments. They
scrubbed the Route of the Hiawathas ride when it was 42 degrees and
they got to Lookout
Mountain to pick
trail bikes. The rest of the five some
started at the LOWER end of the trail, which made for a harder ride,
better scenery. They worked up such an
appetite they went BACK to 1313 in Wallace and had burgers and burritos
This was a great trip and one that we need to do more often. Thanks to Dennis Coburn for setting it up.
Coming into Wallace
Wet but still having fun
Waiting for burgers and burros
Mike & Bob's