We once again went to the restaurant we had gone to last night but this time we rode our bikes. One of the reason we went there again was it opened and 6:00 a.m. which helped us get an early start. We were concerned about the heat today.
Our day started with a 16 mile climb. My legs were not responding well after the long hard ride yesterday. All we could do was keep a steady ride and keeping our heads down.
The pay off for the day was once we reached the summit the remaining ride was downhill. This was a blessing because the heat we were concerned about hit us square in the face.
Our camp site was the Tonasket Visitor Center. Only one restroom and a hose shower, but the worse was the 100 degree + temperature. Also no internet service.
So I bailed out and went to the local hotel. It was straight out of the 60s. Shower and sink were both bright green. But it had an air-conditioner that brought the temperature down to reasonable temperature. It also had internet service but even that was a challenge. The owner wrote down the pass word as “red 2C XXXX” but when I couldn’t get logged in he realized he wrote the password down wrong. It was red20XXXX. Easy fix.
I am now finished and I can rest for a little while before dinner. The trip is coming to an end.
Major ride with a major climb over Sherman Pass 5575’. It stated with 4 pieces of fried chicken that I bought yesterday afternoon to tide me over until we got to our first rest stop in Colville some 31 miles down the road.
When we started riding this morning it was 43 degrees. I didn’t wear my rain jacket to stay warm or my full bike gloves to keep my hands warm. So I took by bike map and unfolded it to put between my jersey and t-shirt. This blocked the cold wind from my chest. After about 10 miles of rolling hills I warmed up and all was good. Our last part of the ride to rest stop 1 was downhill so we made good time. Once in Colville, Ed found us a restaurant where we could get a good breakfast. Also I ordered a breakfast sandwich to go so I would have something good to eat at rest stop 2.
After leaving rest stop 1 I spotted a bunch of turkey. They are kind of hard to see in the picture but I counted 10 birds.
Our second rest stop was at a convenience store where we could get refreshment and I ate my breakfast sandwich. We needed all we could get because this as was the start of a major climb that was about a 6 to 8 percent climb over 24 miles to the top of Sherman Pass at an elevation of 5575’. The elevation is not all that impressive but our total climb for the day was 5,666 feet.
After the climb was over we had to contend with road construction. At one point we had to load our bikes on the pilot car and get in the bed of the pickup with the bikes. We had a long line of cars behind us.
Once out of the pilot car most of the remaining ride was downhill into camp. We stayed in Republic Fairground Campground. No internet service was available again, but there was a restaurant back up the hill about 3/4 mile. It was good.
The church made breakfast for us today which was much appreciated. They provided pancakes, ham, cereal, fruit, energy bars, etc. They were hard at work by 6:00 a.m. and started serving by 6:30 a.m. Keep in mind this isn’t just for the BiketheUSforMS riders but also for the Cancer Riders also which doubled our size.
When we took off on today’s ride we stopped to get our pictures with the Washington State welcome sign.
We crossed back over the river and rode for many miles in Idaho again. The road was a paved country road with very little traffic which made to an interesting ride. We had a light tail wind and a gradual down slope which also made it an easy ride along the Pend Oreille River.
After this 43 mile ride we crossed back over the River and entered into Washington to stay. But this also meant we left the river and the climb of the day began. The climb was over a 1,000 foot hill but it wasn’t terrible difficult, just a warm up for what we will face tomorrow.
After the climb we rode for about 8 miles to reach our camp site at Beaver Lodge. We had no phone service and very little WiFi service at the restaurant across the street from the camp. At this restaurant they also managed the shower facilities. The showers had warm water but they were not very well maintained. (dirty would be a kind description of them)
The restaurant had some good food but they kept running out of things. I did go back to it to get some food for breakfast because they would not open until 8:00 a.m. and we need to be on the road before that.
Took a leisurely breakfast at Connie’s then hit the road around 8:30. For the first 5.5 miles we were on a bike path. These are always nice once you find them. We had to search around Sandpoint for a while until be found the entry. The sign tipped us off when it said “No Motor Vehicles”.
The path took us across Lake Pend Oreille on an old abandon highway bridge. It was a little rough but it was safely separated from the new bridge that had a fair amount of traffic on it. We hated to lose bike the path because, as you might guess, we were on the highway shoulder and close to the traffic on highway 95 for the next 4.5 miles.
Then we turned on Dufort Road which was a paved county road. Traffic was lighter but there wasn’t much of a shoulder. The road had some rolling hills with little elevation gains. All the time we just kept thinking “it is a short day”. Most of the time we ran parallel to Lake Pend Oreille so it was a beautiful ride.
Just as we rode into Newport we entered the State of Washington. There wasn’t any sign so the Newport WA sign will have to do.
We immediately went to get something to eat and we found an authentic Mexican Restaurant. We hadn’t had any kind of Mexican food this trip so we really enjoyed the change.
Then to the showers. We were hurrying a bit because we are not the only bike ride staying at the Newport United Church of Christ. We are sharing the church with Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults so there will be about 50 bikers staying here tonight.
Then off to get Ice Cream at Owen’s Grocery, Deli, and Soda Fountain. Right out of the 1930s. I had a banana split with 3 scoops of ice cream. This place brought back many memories of my old home town.
As of this writing I have been informed that there is a welcome to Washington sign which I will add to my post tomorrow.