Idaho

25/05/2010

I had intended to get up at normal time this morning, bit at 05.00 this morning I lacked the resolve – knowing that I only had 60 miles to do. I was up at 06.00 and out by 07.00, feeling rested and full after one of the best free breakfasts all trip.

For a change it was both warm and dry this morning (although I was still clad in my full cold weather gear!) and I felt fresh climbing up from Missoula to Lolo, about 8 miles down the road. From Lolo I turned off the beaten path and into the wilderness, from there the next town of any note is over 100 miles away. I had the last mountain pass of the trip to tackle, and climbed for over 30 miles to get to Lolo Pass and the boarder with Idaho – fortunately only the last 8 miles were steep, and I made it to the top without much trouble. Crossig the boarder into Idaho also marked my tranisition to pacific time – the last of the 4 time zones i have to cross! The views on the Idaho side of the pass were much better than the ones coming up the Montana side, where all I could see was the dense forest lining the road. Coming down from the pass I spotted another cyclist climbing up the hill – I crossed the road, and chatted to him. Rich who is retired and in his 60s is cycling from Astoria Oregon to Bar Harbour Maine across the northern US. He had origionally planned to follow the transam trail, but had decided on the back of some tough climbs from the coast that he couldn’t handle the Rockies – so Lolo Pass is about as big as it gets from him. He had taken the same alternative route that I’m riding, and told me that it’s an awesome ride – especially as it’s mainly downhill for me! About 10 minutes after meeting him I arrived at Lochsa Lodge, where I had planned to spend the night. At this stage I was thinking about going to Kooskia 90 miles away today, as I was making good time – I decided to go in and get some lunch before I decided whether or not to push on. I had just sat down when 5 other cyclists came in – they were all students from the university of Kansas and are cycling across the northern US to Boston. It was great having lunch with them, and hearing about their ride so far – as I’m about to tackle what they’ve just riden over the next couple of days. I traded one of my waterbottles with one of the guys – so I now have a souvenir from Kansas.

Having spent a while at the resturant, I decided to stay here overnight. It’s a great place, the cabins are comfortable and rustic, and the main lodge has a brilliant atmousphere. I showered and settled in, and then wondered back to the lodge, planning on reading by the fire. No sooner had I arrived when Jane came in – she is from Durham, and is driving a support van for two friends from Christchurch who are cycling the transam trail in reverse from Astoria to Yorktown. I spent the afternoon talking to them, and swapping stories – it’s been great today, I think I’ve done more talking than I have in the rest of the trip combined. I’ve got a big day tomorrow, but it’s mainly downhill, so it should be a nice ride trough the woods.

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8 thoughts on “Idaho

  1. Wow some people at last!! Great to see you having a relaxing day enjoying the company of other cyclists. I bet you meet lots of people now, and of course, they will all be going in the opposite direction to you! Scenery looks beautiful, especially as there are blue skies peeping through. Enjoy the start of your downhill stretch to the pacific. ly mum x

  2. Good morning Edward so pleased that you have meet some likewise lads .they must have been great company for you .The lodge looks really rustic !! You look really well too!!!take care downhill Love you Nana & Graandad xxxx

  3. Morning Ed, Lovely early morning blog,good to see you looking so well and trim [though no phots of Jane!!] It was a change from the dearth of conversation you have had during your adventure but you will no doubt be meeting a lot more folk now you are on the downhill stretch. Where do you actually aim at dipping your toes in the Pacific?
    Peter and Mary are now back home in Santa Rosa.
    Grandmas eyes are much improved Missing you loads Take good care in this homerun Love you GMa GPa

  4. Hi Ed,
    I am THOROUGHLY enjoying reading your blog – what a fascinating adventure you are having and so well told as well! Great to see some photos of you included in the protfolio – more of those please even if only to set it into the geographic backgrounds. We can now see the lightweight racing version of Edward and the kilos that have been left behind on the uphill, headwind sections! Like GMa and GPa I was hoping to see a photo of Jane from Durham !! Delighted that you have had chance to relax and socialise as a short break from your very focused schedule to date – it will re-charge your batteries for the next section.
    I hope you have plans to secure the full account in hard copy form for the future – you will be amazed at how soon you forget sections of the trip once you return to the UK, and it will be vital to secure both hard and soft copies.
    Your Dad will be running around on some adventure somewhere up there and feeling very proud of what you are doing – like so many others have said.
    Many congratulations and enjoy the next stages, all the Stricklands

  5. hi ed we are doing greece things today where are you how many miles have you done today? I hope you are near the finish [by glen and guy]

  6. Hi Ed
    Back from Portugal and back enjoying your blog. Cant believe you did not include apicture of Jane. Keeps everyone guessing was she a cracker or ?.
    Glad it is downhill tommorow, wonder what top speed you will get upto?
    How many days to go, cant be many. Keep it going lol G and H

  7. Ed,

    Looks like you’ve nearly cracked it mate, well done.

    Idaho, where all the potatos come from….. what are the local delicacies ?

    Have you had a chance to try any of the micro brewery beers at all ? If memory serves me right, they are quite popular up in the Pacific North West, Anchor Steamer Beer is pretty good, quite like one of our IPA’s / bitter.

    Keep up the good work and keep those blogs coming.

    “Follow the Yellow Brick Road”

    Take care,

    Joe

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