That's why we call it an "Adventure"
June 1, 2024

By Benjamin Wong

We rolled-out a bit late due to a real stick-to-your-ribs breakfast of biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, pancakes, and waffles at the Pinehurst Kingston Lions club, where we saw many of the generous folks who fed us the previous day, as well as some locals who built alongsde with us, and even one of the build site owners.  A great start to the day, despite the impending time crunch due to the day’s scheduling.

On the road, we saw all sorts of varied terrain.  At the start, we hopped back onto the fantastic Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, completing the remaining distance of its 73-mile length.

Following that, we were greeted by several miles of gravel (as well as some locals on ATVs). Small waterfalls, winding dirt paths, scenic vistas — WOW.

Our fearless leader Neil had a major flat out in the wilderness that required a special effort to get the tire back onto the rim, but as you can see above, that did not stop the adventure at all.
 
To keep us on our toes (pedals?) we also hopped on I90 for a long downhill stretch entering Montana that surprised us with a construction zone that narrowed the highway to one lane.  Fortunately, we were able to navigate that safely, as drivers were aware of our presence, and made space.
 
We passed nearby to the well-known Route of the Hiawatha Trail, but it wasn’t on our itinerary.  Another reason to come back to this area.
 
Rolling into the small town of Saint Regis, many of us sampled a local favorite – huckleberry milkshakes.  Deeelicious!   Apparently one of us also took the opportunity to do some horseback riding.
 
Some headwinds challenged us towards the end, but we made it in time for the dinner bus, which took us to Mineral County United Methodist Parish for a spread that we had no chance of finishing.  Thankfully, the school that will serve as our accommodations for the next 2 nights has nice hot showers and plenty of floor space for spreading out.  What a day!
 
Yes, we’re tired, many of us are under the weather, but also stuffed to the gills at every dinner, and warmly welcomed at every step of the way.  The ride has definitely lived up to its Bike Adventure billing, and I’m sure we’ve only scratched the surface.  Segment 1 complete – on to the next!

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