Here’s the summary…
July 1-4 we took part in the Northwest Tandem Rally. This year it was in Spokane. We rode 63 miles the first day, 47 the second and 24 the third. Most of the miles were southwest toward Cheney. Lots of friends, more than 300 tandems, and blessed sunshine! Overnighted with my friend Mike from South Salem High.
July 5-7 we rode the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes across the Idaho panhandle. Mike took us to Harrison on Lake CdA to start. We rode 50 miles on the 5th (saw lots of moose) and slept in Wallace. On the 6th we rode 66 miles (28 on gravel forest roads) in a round trip over Lookout Pass to the Trail of the Hiawatha and back. The Hiawatha is an old rail trail (The Milwaukee Line) which snakes up the west side of the mountains. There are 9 tunnels and 8 sky-high trestles. The tunnel through the pass is 1.7 miles long, 40 degrees cold, and dark as night on the seafloor. It was great fun, but we were glad to be back in Wallace at day’s end. On the 7th we returned to Harrison and tacked on some extra miles to total 67. Total biking miles for six days: 316.
From July 8-9 we were in Missoula without our bike, visiting our friend Bonnie and the Garden of 1000 Buddhas. It is a gorgeous site dedicated to peace in the Montana hills. On the 10th we drove back to Seattle, tired but full of wonderful memories.