Sunday, August 11, 2013

Day 64 - August 6, 2013 - Lolo Hot Springs, MT to Lochsa Lodge, ID

Miles - 20
Total mileage - 1,719

We started riding today about 7 miles from Lolo Pass, at the Montana/Idaho border.  The ride was beautiful, but all up an incline.

We crossed into Idaho at the top!  And the Pacific time zone!  Though we will cross back into Mountain Time somewhere in Idaho.  Then back into the Pacific Time Zone.  Only Idaho knows why...

We checked out the Lolo Pass visitors center at the top, notable for its odd squirrels that look like a cross between a squirrel and a prairie dog.

Then it was back on the bikes for an amazing 13 miles or so of downhill.  And for most of it, we had the beautiful Lochsa River running alongside the road. Easily one of the best sections of riding of the whole trip!

We would love to build a house right there, and have that gorgeous mountain river run through our front yard!

We got to an Idaho dept of transportation site, and spooked a big herd of deer hanging out there...

Not far down the road, my mom had gone ahead to check out the cabins at the Lochsa Lodge - site of the last services for 65 miles on the road.  She had booked us an amazing cabin already - thanks mom!  By the way, she told us we have already spent our birthday and Christmas money for the next 5 years or so, but it was worth it to get to spend all of this time with her!

We checked out the river a bit, had a delicious dinner on the deck at the lodge, enjoyed an ice cream while playing a ton of rummy, watched a short film that our new friend Jamie, who we met in Florence, CO had directed (he was kind enough to drop a copy in our awesome gift bags from all of the lovely people in Florence - thanks again guys!), played more rummy while enjoying a few Angry Orchard brews, and turned in for the evening.  Had such a great day!

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