Idaho-Montana Bike Tour: By The Days and Miles
Over the holidays I received the gift of free time, and spent a fair amount of it going through photos from Felkerino’s and my 2015 summer bike tour of Idaho and Montana. In retrospect, it appears we had a grand adventure.
While it was happening, our good times were interspersed with humbling moments and some formidable gravel sections we were ill-prepared to ride. We rode them anyway, and now know to respect the granite sand-gravel of Idaho.
Some of my favorite parts of this tour were spent paralleling rivers. The Lochsa and Salmon Rivers– they spoke to us, and their lively company engaged us on otherwise mostly empty segments.
We also had sparkling blue sky for most of our time on the road, and appreciated many views of uninterrupted sky as we pedaled between the aloof Idaho ridges.
I like to have one post from each tour that summarizes our experience and provides links to the daily writings from the road. Over our 11 days of riding, we rode 897 miles. That’s an average of 81 miles per day. This tour was not as hilly as our Colorado tours, but enough hills for my fitness level this year.
I published a photo set of our 11 days of riding on flickr. As for the day-by-day recaps and a few photo highlights, here we go:
Day 1. Boise to Lowman: Riding Out the Bike Tour Kinks, 81 miles
Day 2. Lowman to Challis: Pickup Truck Dreams in Idaho, 113 miles
Day 3. Challis to North Fork, Idaho: Salmon River Serenade, 82 miles
Day 4. North Fork, Idaho to Hamilton, Montana: Lost Trail Pass into Montana, 74 miles
Day 5. Hamilton, Montana to Missoula: Adventure Cycling Headquarters, 58 miles
Day 6. Missoula, Montana to Kooskia, Idaho: 135 miles
Day 7. Kooskia to Riggins, Idaho: 92 miles
Day 8. Riggins to McCall, Idaho: 50 Miles Up, 53 miles
Day 9. McCall to Cascade: An Invitation to the Idaho Mountains, 55 miles
Day 10. Cascade to Crouch, Idaho: Taking Off the Training Wheels, 67 miles
Day 11. Crouch to Boise, Idaho: Coming Full Circle, 87 miles
The Return: Unexpected Letdown
Assembling this post made me thirsty for more bike touring. Here’s to a happy and healthy, bike-filled 2016!