Riding In The Rain Isn't So Bad!

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Aug 23, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Idaho
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Day 2 On The Road

Well we managed to get up early this morning (6:30) and we were on the bike, ready to go, at 8:30 am after a good breakfast in the adjoining restaurant in the Quality Inn Sandpoint.

Being the optimists that we are we decided (despite the looming dark clouds) that we'd forgo er the rainsuits because the weather forecast said that there would only be showers passing through the area ... fast forward about 5 minutes ... we are pulled over on the side of the highway just outside of town digging them out of our luggage.  Shell made it a whole 10 minutes on the bike before having to go to the washroom (which happened to be at the front of someones driveway in the bushes). 

The rain got worse as we went down the 95 to Inter State 90  and then about 20 min to the  Scenic By-way. It is worth mentioning that we did encounter another massively tall bridge with a sign advising of the strong cross winds in the area . We knew they were serious when we saw the wind sock on the bridge.  This road took us around the back of  Coeur D'lane Lake and in country towards St. Marie's. Just Beautiful...and that is in the rain! Amazing homes and cottages built on the lake(most of which had their own boat dock), public boat doc's, recreation areas and camping. You can pull up to the local Bar for a beer and a bite to eat in your boat.

From there we turned inland through the National Forrest all the way to Boville. (note to bikers...this was the twistiest set of well paved roads you could ever hope for. Well kept and not a straight section to be found...lasted about 100 miles including the lake side).

The sun came out at about lunch and the ride through the scenic byways of Idaho was excellent. Farm country to the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway you were not always sure what you would find around the next turn. We spent a couple of hours riding through river valleys and climbing canyon walls to end up on a huge prairie that went on forever.  We even stopped in a place called Cottonwood to take a picture of the B & B which was built in the shape of a large beagle. After leaving the dog we were headed down a massive incline, at least 10 miles into Hell's Canyon.

We continued on through the canyon into White Bird, following the Salmon River with people white rafting in the river right next to us.  Half an hour later we were in Riggins, where we are staying at the Best Western for the night. Riggins in the 1890's was called Gouge Eye after a huge fight in a dance hall. It was renamed when Dick Riggins tried to get a post office here which was denied due to the violent nature of the towns name.....the rest is history.

Checked in, went for a bite to eat, met other bikers, next entry to follow tomorrow.....hope you enjoy the pictures.
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