This picture was taken by these two eastbounders, Nathan and April: You can see their blog here:
Those are some really great panniers! Nathan made them!
There were a number of these bridges along the river. Another pretty common thing here was cables going over the water, and on the other side was a basket thingy that you got into and it pulled you across. Kinda like those rides that go over canyons and stuff. I can't remember what those are called. I didn't get any pictures of them, though. We crossed one of the bridges and it led to a Warm Spring. (Note: If you are cycling out here, there is a Hidden Hot Spring at mile marker 142. Hike back about a mile, and jump over the log.)
We stopped for several breaks on this ride, not because we needed to rest from all that coasting, but because it was the only way to take in so much beauty. Truly stunning.
This was a campground but there was nobody there. Could it be because they cut down all the trees and the sites had no shade??? Dumb.
We stopped to shed a couple layers since it was warming up quick. It's amazing how often we do that.. put something on, take it back off, put it back on, take it off again... Hot Cold Hot Cold. Weird.
We also stopped because Simon had to use the restroom. :)
Aww Mom, you're embarrassing me!
Often times there are signs on our route that explain some history.
Many Indian Tribes and white settlers including Lewis and Clark and Chief Joseph used the Lolo Trail that we were now pedaling on. Can you imagine doing a route like this through such difficult terrain without tires and hard roads.. without TerraTrikes???? I can't!
We finally rounded the last corner of the day and landed here, in this very small town.
And apparently it's getting smaller! lol Look at that low elevation level! Quite a change!
We camped over there.
And so did these two. Mike and Anna were finishing a TransAm trip they had started last year but didn't finish due to weather issues. I asked Anna how she liked riding on the back and she said she had gotten used to it, but when she got back on her own bike at home, she lost control of it because those handlebars actually worked! LOL! Hi you two!! We will be in Oregon tomorrow!
We stopped to pick blackberries. I had never seen so many before! They lined the road along the river for miles and miles and miles. Impossible to resist, we stopped and gathered some. Sounds fun, right? Well, not really, that is UNLESS YOU LIKE GETN THE CRAP BEAT OUT OF YOU BY A PLANT. See Ken?
See him now? No, you don't, but he is in there. That plant took him down and was slashing away at him as I snapped this shot. I was about to go in after him when I realized that the vengeful vegetation would just do the same to me, so I waited by the river instead.
"Ken? You okay?" There was nothing I could do...
When Ken finally broke free he sat down to treat his wounds, but not before giving me this:
I said, "WOW! That was so worth it!" to which he glared and replied, "Was it, Jen?" lol
Honestly, though, have you ever seen such a perfect and HUGE roadside berry?
It was so big we split it for dinner. Okay, not really, I tried to give it back to Ken since he had worked so hard for it but when he refused, I ate it. :) It was delicious!!!
New Keens feet shot in front of the Lochsa River.
It certainly is.