Day 9. McCall to Cascade: An Invitation to the Idaho Mountains

After days of roadside observation of the stand-offish peaks on our tour, Felkerino and I received an invitation to the mountains in the form of the Adventure Cycling Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route. And so we went.

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Around ten miles of country farm roads outside McCall, the forest road took us into the trees and gradually snaked us up the mountainside to the Eagle’s Nest crest.

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It was another day of refreshingly cool temperatures, especially at the higher elevations. Blue skies with a smattering of clouds.

No cars passed and we encountered only one other cyclist, who was in the final days of riding the entire Idaho Hot Springs route.

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A steep switchback drop to the main road into Cascade followed our climb, but we took it easy– as much as we could while bouncing down the mountain– and Felkerino kept a firm hand on the brakes.

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I had an urge to flop myself on the sandy Idaho gravel and embrace the mountain. If only my arms would reach. My eyes filled with tears and I may have even cried a little. Is there crying in bike touring? Yes, I believe so.

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The weather, the views off the mountainside, pitch perfect climbing, the two of us on this solitary road, the readiness of our awesome Co-Motion Java tandem, and the solid conditions of the road. What more could a bike rider ask for?

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