Day 12 – June 12 – Bonners Ferry, ID to Libby, MT – 53 miles

Scenic can describe the day very well.

Bob and his wife prepared a wonderful breakfast for me to start the day (I still cannot express how grateful I am to hosts for the night stays and food they provide).

A good start to a day of touring in the west involves a climb.  Bonners Ferry offered a good climb going out of town on Highway 2 and thankfully provided a good view to reward me for the work.

Overlook of Bonners Ferry:
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The highlight of the morning couldn’t have been much more spectacular than crossing the bridge 464ft over the Moyie River.

River:
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Bridge:
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Beyond there, I took a quick photo stop on the bridge over a tributary to the Kootenai River:
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In Troy, as I cycled through town, a nice one I might add, looking for a little cafe or place to eat, a bicycle with panniers caught my eye at a little place on main street.

Inside I met Max from California.  He was headed west toward Bonners Ferry on Hwy. 2 that I just traveled.  After talking over lunch and giving pointers on the route, he left and I finished my Hubba Bubba sandwich.  So good.

The lunch Menu at the Main Street Perk:

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As with almost every town out here it seems, another climb ensued to get out of town.  Only 18 miles remained for the day, but my eyes took in every foot of it.
Kootenai Falls impressed so much that yours truly had found a new profile picture:
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The falls, along with the steep mountain slopes covered with a thick blanket of trees over their rocky surface created an ambiance of the classical Rocky Mountain landscape that people picture, and this stretched all of the way to Libby:

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In Libby, I found a nice RV park that welcomed tents.  $12 got me a site with a picnic table, access to bathrooms, wifi, and yes, a shower!

I’ve now gotten caught up with all my blogs.  Hope I don’t fall behind again!

Excited for another day tomorrow.

Day 11 – June 11 – Sandpoint, ID to Bonners Ferry, ID – 37 miles

Leaving Sandpoint was hard this morning.  The hosts were generous, the lake was picturesque, and the city was relatively tranquil.  I just may live here someday.

Highway 95 north offered decent shoulder for my bike most of the way to Bonners Ferry.

Lake McArthur Wildlife Management Area:

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Because it was a rather short day, I arrived in this interesting town relatively early, but good thing.  Entering town, the chain began sticking to the spokes, preventing smooth flow when shifting or coasting.  After getting some chips at the grocery store, I meandered to the county fairgrounds on my semi-functional ride.

I cooked up chili from a can on my campstove amidst a crowd of onlookers and ate my lunch.  This popular park had many other people out for a picnic, and a few kids playing basketball, but, naturally the guy with a cycling jersey and a bike loaded down with 4 panniers and a sleeping bag will get the most looks.

View of distance from county park:

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An entertaining squirrel :)

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Lunch was good, but the condition of my chain and spokes was still uncertain.  So, like a champ, I rotated my tires (which I was going to do anyway) and inspected the issue.  Turns out, all the road I took with road construction and new tar on the road added to the build up and residue on the chain and spokes.  After cleaning them off with paper towels and water from the sink in the bathroom, my issues were fixed.

I also received word from Bob, who I had contacted earlier, in Bonners Ferry that I could stay at his place for the night.

I rode over there, dropped off my heavy gear, and walked into the old part of Bonners Ferry seeking a good place to eat.

The Panhandle Restaurant did not disappoint.  A Philly Cheesesteak with fries, topped off with a homemade apple pie and ice cream satisfied all of my hunger.

Panhandle Restaurant:

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I walked back to the house after purchasing 2 bananas, a can of chili, and a single package of Ramen noodles.

The post office was rather grand too:

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The sunset over the Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry:
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Another day is in the books.

Tomorrow should be a beautiful ride