Patricia is a regular contributor to Give Love Create Happiness. She has an adventurous spirit with a love for travel. Follow along with Pat as her journey takes her around the world.
Our plan (with friends Linda and Ron)…. Ride The trail of the Coeur d’Alene’s in Idaho.
From the get go I was in heaven. No hills, just superb scenery and great camaraderie. Riding through the chain lakes region on our way to Harrison we passed through a pristine eco system ranging from narrow mountain valleys to low marshlands. There are trail heads bathrooms etc making it all rather civilized.
The Lakeview Lodge, our home for the evening was on the water and just steps from all the action. Speaking of action, One-shot Charlie’s was definitely calling to us. We had a powerful thirst after all that riding.
The distant aroma of coffee and something baking got us up and attem the next morning. It was 25 miles until our lunch break. (The men were tough taskmasters!) Just as we were about to start off the rain began but undaunted I procured a lovely off blue transparent garbage bag to use as a raincoat. (Very stylish) The motto from my Girl Guide days of “Be Prepared” had been long forgotten. Twit twit tawoo…or was that brownies? Whatever.
We rode and rode and rode (sun was out again) along the lake and through marshes and I was off in my own little world when out of the blue… Rocky and Bullwinkle appeared just off the trail. Is anyone old enough to remember them? What I mean is 2 moose…or is that mooses?
In 1910 the area had the largest fire in American history or maybe the largest fire ever. It raged across 3 million acres in just 2 days!
Route of the Hiawatha’s - our final day of riding.
This day was a 15-mile rail trail, which is described as one of the most scenic stretches of railroad in the country. Winding along the Bitterroot Mountains (don’t you just love that name?) it has 10 tunnels and seven trestles. At one point you ride through an almost 2 mile long pitch-dark tunnel and all you have is a small headlamp and it feels like sensory deprivation. It’s kind of different (ok scaryish) but a satisfying accomplishment at the end.
Thank you, Traveling Pat.
Hope you have a wonderful Friday & a fantastic weekend, friends! ☼