‘Ol Swimming Hole

NWP/IDBDR day #3

Miles Total: 450
Miles Today: 123

My alarm woke me up at 6a this morning. It was a bit chilly out – 39 degrees, and I didn’t want to leave my warm down quilt, so I hung out in bed for another 15 minutes. Breakfast today was the same as yesterday…I didn’t take a new picture today, if you really want to see it, you can go read yesterdays post again 🙂

We hit the road about 9a today. There was another group camping at the same campground as us and they left about the same time, so we spent much of the day hop scotching with them along the route.

Today was a day of routing challenges. Things didn’t start off too well less than 1/2 hr into the ride, I turned left into an old corral, thinking it was the road we needed to turn on. I had my GPS on too small of a scale, my actual turn was about 100 yards away. To make things even better, the corral was overgrown, and I didn’t take a good line to turn around, and basically got stuck. I had to get off the bike and muscle it around by had to keep from dropping it. To make things even better, I had a big audience – the group from the campsite stopped to watch me struggle. Oh well…

After maneuvering my bike out, and getting on the correct road, I realized that I was a bit thirsty. So we pulled over for a quick break so I could grab a drink of water. This presented an opportunity for another bike photo.

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The next routing issue came shortly after this…I was cruising along in a groove and not looking at my GPS – we came to the next turn and I almost missed it. Locked up the rear wheel trying to stop in time so I wouldn’t have to turn around (I am turn around challenged, most frequent time I drop my bike). Didn’t make it in time, fortunately we did not have to pick up my bike.

The roads today were a bit more difficult than yesterday. We had some climbs with loose rock, some mud, and roads that were just not in as good of shape. Didn’t really have any issues with them though. Here is my dad coming up to a rest stop after one of the harder sections.

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Now, we didn’t really get any pictures of the harder sections because the last thing you want to do is stop, get out a camera, take a pictures, and then try and get started again. Hopefully I got some good video – won’t know until I get home. For now, here is a not-so-hard section shot.

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We stopped in Curlew for some gas and lunch. My lunch plan of buying jerky at gas stops broke down here – the gas station was unattended. So, I had to break into my breakfast kind bars for lunch. I suppose that means I’ll be having jerky for breakfast at some point. We at lunch at the ‘Ol Swimming Hole park.

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Had to go take a picture of the swimming hole as well…or at least the bridge up from the swimming hole.

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We were cruising along a burnt out area, coming to our next turn, when we catch up to a group of riders stopped on the road. I start to take the corner and they waved me down – just up the road, a gate was closed. Kind of a crappy picture, I was too lazy to walk up and get a better one.

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Fortunately the group of guys stopped were the guys who created the route in the first place! One of the bikes in their group had a flat and they were trying to plug it. They were kind enough to let us know that if we continued on the current road instead of making the turn, we would eventually get to some pavement that would take us around to rejoin the route.

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So, that is what we did. As we found the route again, it started to rain. Both of us had down coats that were not in waterproof bags. We pulled over to get them stored properly. We get going again, and after about 2 minutes, my dad realizes that all of the vents are open in his jacket…we pull over and get that fixed up. Guess what happens next…after about 2 minutes of riding my dad realizes that he did not do the chin strap on his helmet.

This did happen along a pretty cool stretch of road. We were right next to the Canadian border. So close in fact, there was a small barbwire fence along the road with US Border signs on them. I wonder if Trump wants to build a wall there as well.

We cut our day a little bit short today. We pulled into a small campground at summit lake. It was a bit small and windy…There was a nice forest service lady there who told us about the Pierre Lake campground just down the road a bit and not too far from our route. It sounded much nicer, so we went and checked it out – it is a pretty nice place. Set up camp during a little bit of a rain squall, but everything cleared up shortly thereafter.

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Here is a picture of the lake.

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Stopping early today kind of messes up the timing of our route. We had hoped to get to the Roman Nose campground tomorrow, but at the pace we are going it is going to be a bit of a stretch. Right now, our revised plan is to stop in Sandpoint and get a hotel room – it will be nice to take a shower and wash some clothes.