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North America » United States » Idaho » Idaho Falls August 5th 2022

5th August, 2022 Alarm went off at 6am for us to get an early start on a fairly big day of driving. Sandra drove today and did very well. No major alerts and she only went on the wrong side of the road once and that was only when we were in a carpark so all was good. We left Boise around 7:30am and filled up. Price of petrol is pretty high here but still not as high as Australia. It was quite cloudy and a bit cooler but very comfortable to travel in. About 1/2 hour down the road, we stopped to get some juice and coffee. The store we walked into was playing Midnight Oil so we had to mention we were Aussies. The girl high fived us and we had a bit of ... read more
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North America » United States » Idaho » Boise August 4th 2022

4th August, 2022 What a great day! Left the motel around 8:15 and headed for Walmart to buy an esky. Sandra needed some toiletries, so she went that way and I found the esky. Cute little thing and it keeps the drinks cold. The outside temperature today was 104F (40C). Just a tad schwetty! There was a vision store in there but they couldn‘t fix my glasses but suggested another store around the corner that might. Went to the eye care centre and YAY they fixed my glasses for free. Started off for Boise, stopped for fuel and managed to get on the freeway without much trouble. Got there just on lunchtime, and didn‘t realise it was such a big city. There was a little bit of confusion trying to get from one side of the ... read more
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North America » United States » Idaho » Burley April 10th 2022

While our motel last night left a bit to be desired, we slept fairly well, but were eager to get out of there and were in the car by 8:00 am. We got coffee and yogurt with blueberries and granola at a woman-owned shop in town, and headed out on Highway 6 towards our first stop in the town of Price. We followed the Book Cliffs Escarpment as it bends north. It is the longest continuous escarpment in the world, and supposedly looks like a book lying open. In Price, we visited the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum, which opened at 9:00. We arrived at 9:01! It has one of the largest collections of different dinosaur bones and skeletons in the USA. After Price, we continued up Price Canyon, past small towns and some ranches. At the ... read more
Book Cliffs in early morning light
More of the Book Cliffs
Dinosaurs!

North America » United States » Idaho » Boise October 2nd 2021

I was so proud of arriving at the Canada Border by midday, I figured I could get back to Boise in 24 hours. After all, the roads were paved. So checked in at a truck stop in Bonners Ferry and adjusted the bike for road riding: lower the handlebars to sitting position, pump up the tires to road pressure, reset the GPS from off-road mode, and eat. Then I set off South down state route 95 through Coeur d'Alene, Moscow, Lewiston and Grangeville -- through a different country. Its still Idaho, but here I was riding through rolling wheat and barley fields, under harvest. Combines, tractors and trucks were making clouds of dust across the half naked fields. What a spectacle. The fields were enourmous, rolling over the hills in huge waves. What a rich country ... read more
Strapped for transport.

North America » United States » Idaho » Bonners Ferry October 1st 2021

Today at midday I reached the border with Canada. It felt so good. I had started in Jarbidge NV and finished at the Canada border -- clocking 1,462 miles on my bike -- without deviating from the trail or taking a fall. I had chosen to avoid the few optional highly technical sections. I consider myself lucky just to be able to ride the regular track -- and for a 70 year old man riding alone, a fall or injury can create some problems. Unfortunately, there is little at the Canada border to support a celebration. The restaurant was closed, as was the border. The ride up through the valley of the Kootenai river was a delight. The flat green farms alternated with wetlands and lakes. All gleaming in the morning sun. The Kaniksu National Forest ... read more
Lake along the Kootenai valley
Geese in the lake.
The Canada border

North America » United States » Idaho September 30th 2021

The ride up the middle of the Idaho panhandle through the Coeur D'Alene National Forest was very pleasant. The day was clear and blue. It had rained the day before, and the road was soft, but not bad. As I drove I felt lucky to have chosen this late date for the ride. The fires up here had been fierce. All along the road were patches of burned forest. Some areas along the road had been cleared by the Forest Service but were still black and brown from the devastation. The road itself was clear. One could see the trees that had indeed fallen across the road, now sawed into submission. Met a pickup with road surveyors assessing the damage. I felt comfortable with anything this road did -- it was well built and maintained -- ... read more
Clouds in the valley, rock on on the ridge lines
Strange stone mark on the hillside
Fires were over and the road cleared

North America » United States » Idaho » Wallace September 29th 2021

The road from Pierce to Wallace is one of the best known sections of the Idaho route. Everyone does it. Access is easy from either end. It is very beautiful, with creeks and forest and old railway lines and mountain villages. North of Pierce I faced the usual mix of gravel and track, ridge and climb, drop and turn, getting closer to the North Fork of the Clearwater and the Dworshak reservoir. The best part was the signs for the bridge over the river -- known as the Grandad bridge -- pointing for Grandad to go here, or there. I instinctively obeyed. As with previous reservoirs, this one seemed over half gone, with multiple sand rings circling the lake from the line of forest down to the water. All of the reservoirs were affected by the ... read more
Sign for Grandad bridge
On the bridge, overlooking the reservoir.
Levels are down.

North America » United States » Idaho September 28th 2021

The report called for rain all day. I needed a break. The town had a good coffee shop. So I declared a 'rest day' (as we used to when climbing with Marshall), and slept in, washed clothes and took a walk in the afternoon when the rain let up. The photos of Pierce are from that walk. I found the buildings interesting and easy to take pictures of. The humans, not so much. With time on my hands, I started to think more generally about my trip. Here's an essay on "The Nature of the Trail". Each section of road has its own spirit. On leaving town one is usually on an even, smooth dirt surface, usually two track, winding through tall pine with carefully banked turns that follow the folds in the mountainside. Thoughts can ... read more
The main hotel in Pierce
It rained all day
Pierce town administration

North America » United States » Idaho » Orofino September 27th 2021

This portion of the BDR through the Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forest is well known as the most difficult, the most scenic, the most historic -- and the route most prone to fires. It follows an old Nez Perce trail through the Clearwater mountains from the valley of the Bitterroot River to their lands in what is now Western Idaho. Lewis and Clark took advantage of the trail in September 1805, two hundred and sixteen years ago. They walked the ridge in September, the same time of year as I was there, The journey through the Clearwater mountains is referred to as one of the most difficult sections of Lewis and Clark's entire journey, mainly because it was all on foot. Recently, signs have been erected along the Motorway, commemorating events from the Lewis and ... read more
History Panels at the Start
The trail through the Bitterroot Mountains is the same
The Forests

North America » United States » Idaho September 26th 2021

An iconic section of the Backcountry Discovery Route, this 100 mile ridge road showcases the Forest and Wilderness areas in Central Idaho. The route starts in the Nez Perce National Forest, and ends up in the Bitterroot passing through the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness area. No services along the way. Inquiries at my 7am breakfast at the Elk City gas station revealed that the Corridor was open for travel, fires out and downed trees removed. The weather was cool and clear. There had been fires in the region a few weeks ago -- now all was calm. The quality of the gravel track was much better than expected, and I made good time. There was little traffic, and most of the vehicles I crossed were ferrying horses to trail heads. The views ... read more
The Magruder Corridor (or the road to Darby MT)
Typical section of the ridge road
Signage for the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness




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