I was on the bike at 7:30 am and the riding conditions were perfect. Slight cool breeze and the road turned AMAZING. About 15 miles before the Lochsa Ranger Station new paving began and my life went from hell to heaven as quick as my tires could cross the threshold. Makes such a difference. So now I’m ready for anything (even with a headache).
The approach to the pass was beautiful again. You’re probably tired of seeing the scenic pictures but sorry, it’s all part of the experience.
We’ve been without cell service since we left Kamiah early Monday morning and in addition to not knowing what’s going on in the world or communicating with anyone, I have to listen to the same two playlists that I have downloaded on my Spotify. I like Don Henley and all, but if I have to hear “Boys of Summer” one more time I’m going to ride off the road. I definitely need to better prepare for the next time we are out of cell service (which I imagine will be a lot between here and Minneapolis). Sorry Don, but you and “Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac” are getting the hook.
Without cell service Strava didn’t work either and I didn’t get the joy and feeling of accomplishment seeing my elevation climb approaching Lolo Pass. I pulled up Google and it’s kind of depressing seeing a little blip. It was tough pedaling damn it!
Always makes me happy to see her. Lolo Pass is also where we enter Montana and crossed our first time zone. Now we are on Mountain Time! I hope we like Montana because I’m going to be riding here for 12 days!
We stopped at Lolo Hot Springs and it was a little underwhelming. Just a swimming pool and a hot tub that is fed from the natural hot springs. I would not recommend riding your bike to get here. There is a lodge and restaurant and RV park here also. We went to the restaurant for lunch as we will try and visit the local establishments along the way. Seeing this sign above the door, the moose crossing road signs and Everclear (190 proof) at a convenience store was a reminder that we are entering a different part of the country. I love it!
We got some more good news about filling our open slots. A friend of my son Kyle, Tom, lives in New York and will be joining this coast to coast extravaganza August 12 and 13. He’s an avid cyclist and knows the New York roads so finally I won’t have to worry about getting lost (at least for two days anyway). I have not provided the blog address to him yet as I’m afraid if he sees what he’s getting into he will back out.