It's a Long way from there to here...

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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Square Dance Center and Campground
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Drooooove and droooove...

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

What staredt out as a planned trip turned into a bit different.  We left Lewiston at about half ten in the AM.  The drive through town was ably accomplished via the Garmin Aussie.  The day started at about fifty degrees and warmed quickly.  We really hated leaving there, what with the quiet and beauty of the place.

We drove along the middle fork of the Clearwater river and were impressed with the beauty of this, another of God's gifts to us.  The traffic was reasonable, as were the drivers.  The road got narrower and narrower as we headed toward the Lochsa River.

When we spied the Wilderness Inn Cafe, near Lowell, we just had to stop.  This was our usual stop for breakfast back in the Dark Ages of VW kamping, so it's sort of a tradition.  I sorely wanted 'cakes and sausage, but we missed that menu by about half an hour.  We both settled for BLTs instead.  Lynn had the onion rings as a side and I opted for the fries.  She really enjoyed her lunch.  

We soon saw the sign that draws motorcyclists from all over the country. "Caution Winding Road for the next 99 Miles."  I can attest to that fact.  Shorty handles well, but I must admit that my hands got quite tired, not being able to drive one-handed.  The road demands one's attention and allows only occasional glimpses of the amazing scenery.  The Lochsa is still flowing well, but in looking at the jetsam, I'd like to call it, but I'd be wrong, along the shore, one can see that the water crested at about eight feet above where it's running today. This "jetsam" is actually logs and limbs that were deposited that high on the shores of some sections.  Amazing, for sure.

We stopped at a few pull-offs, both to allow speedy truckers to pass and to take a few pictures.  The water is running clear and is very inviting.  We noted only two "Cata-rafts" on the water.  You can see what they are from the photo.

We arrived at what was to be our destination, Wilderness Gateway Campground, but somehow we continued driving to where we are now, about eighty miles farther from there.  I'll say no more...

This camp is very nice.  It's been around for over thirty years.  There is a square dance center here and that is a big draw for the place. Our site is nestled in towering Douglas Fir trees and is very quiet.  It's about eighty degrees out, but we have the AC running to cool down Shorty.  He gets a bit "Het-up" while traveling in hot weather and seems more content when we do so.  It was over eighty-five inside when we got here.  Now after about an hour of AC it's about seventy-eight.  Nice and comfy.  We took a stroll around the park and were surprised at how many 40-45 foot moterhomes there are here.  Big stuff, for sure.  There are also group sites with groups of young kids setting up tents with their mentors... Older people, anyway.

Lynn is just now readying dinner, so I'll cease this and get ready to eat.  We're back in the Mountain Time Zone, so it'll take a bit of time for my digestive system to adjust.  I'll get some photos edited and upload later.  We'll be home soon...
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jerry on

This is only gonna wet your taste buds for another trip with Shorty soon

mnoble61 on

Hey that is a great route....but yeah, a bit tough in your rig. I have traveled that route many a time.....still haven't found Lewis and Clark along it. Dark ages of VW Kamping?? Hey, I am still hoping to get another one someday. Have a good last day of travel or maybe you are staying near Msla. Thanks for all the cool pictures to remind me of what a nice road that is to least via car.

cherie on

Michael loved rafting the Lochsa in May and June when the rapids are ripping. He did it twice this spring and has video of it from his helmet camera posted on his youtube site along with his grand canyon runs - lyons bigsky

Chris Stockwell on

The adventure continues!

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