Sandpoint 0 Miles.  The last rest day of the trip.  Now 9 more riding days to Seattle 

7/26/19 

I tried to sleep in but with the one hour time change we still were up at 5 a.m. pacific time.  I laid back down but sleep would not return.

We went to the closest restaurant that opened at 7:00 a.m.  We were at the door at 6:50 waiting.  Of course we were the first thru the door but within 10 minutes there were around 8 to 10 table full of customers.  We were amazed how fast the restaurant filled up.

The food was very good and we decided we would stop there tomorrow morning since we only have a 30 mile ride.  I guess this is to make up for the hard ride yesterday.

Then of course we had the standard chores, laundry, shopping, bike store sporting goods store and exploring the new city.

After laundry I worked in an hour nap.

This evening an alumni is bring a pull pork dinner.  This is always well received.

It is amazing on rest days how everything slows down even our walking.  We know we have plenty of time so our gate is slower and our steps shorter.  I guess you would call that conserving energy.

There will not be any more conservation days until August 5 when third BiketheUSrorMS is finished.  It is coming fast.

Libby to Sandpoint 98+ Let’s call it 100 Miles 

7/25/19  

This is the last of the 90+ mile rides and I am not complaining.

The restaurant we wanted to stop at didn’t open until 7:00 a.m. and we wanted to get an early start so we went to a grocery store only to find they didn’t have anything but sweet rolls.  Ed got a cup of coffee and we waited for the restaurant to open.

Once 7:00 a.m. arrived we were the first customer in the door.  This breakfast would not make the top 10 list, but it gave us the energy for our long ride.

10 miles into the ride we came to the Kootenai Falls and the Swinging Bridge.  The people at the church highly recommended this attraction and we were not disappointed.

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The swing bridge was suspended over and fairly wide river and it swung freely as we walked on it.

I am glad there wasn’t any wind and only two other people on the bridge when I walked the bridge.  Swinging is definitely the correct name.

Then we went to the falls.

I would not try to go down these falls in a kayak even one designed for white water.

Then back on the road for miles on miles.

Today we had two crossing in one place.  We crossed into Idaho and we crossed into the pacific time zone.  We gained an hour and we would need that hour before we finished the ride.

When we crossed into Idaho there wasn’t a state sign because there wasn’t enough space for a sign but we didn’t know at the time if there would be a sign so we stopped here.

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Then about a mile or so down the road we came to the official state sign.

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One thing didn’t change between the states, the road continued to be narrow with an even more narrow shoulder.

We had to watch our the Garmin closely to be sure we stayed on route because the street signs were not clear in some places.

After the last rest stop we still had 16 miles to go but to me it seemed more like 30.

We are staying at the Sandpoint Methodist church for two days.  It is located close to restaurants and a laundry mat so all is well.