Sunday, August 11, 2013

Day 68 - August 10, 2013 - New Meadows, ID to Council, ID

Miles - 38
Total miles - 1,833

The smoke and haze has really been messing with our ability to wake up early. It looks much earlier than it is lately, so we were surprised to look and find it was 8 a.m. when we woke up at the campsite in New Meadows. We started to pack and get ready to leave when our kind camping neighbors, the Webers, brought us some coffee made in their spiffy RV. They were such kind people and we really enjoyed talking with them! It's such a blessing to meet kind folks throughout our journey. 
We got out on the road and stopped in at the A&W in town for a brunch that was more of a lunch. 
Today's ride was a lot of uphill and downhill, with some really nice downhills for the most part. We rode through the town of Tamarack, where there was a giant logging facility...and might be the only reason the town even exists.
 There were decent roads today and the traffic was pretty light, which we always appreciate, especially in the mountain passes with small roads.

 When we rolled into the town of Council, we were really looking forward to a night at an amazing bed and breakfast that Jaune S. had sponsored for us...a million thanks will never be enough to you, Jaune! We had such a great night and enjoyed our stay at the Elkhorn Bed and Breakfast so much! 

But, in order to get to the bed and breakfast, we had a gnarly 2 mile, curvy hill that really tested us. It was one of those gradual hills that seems to never end. I kept watching the cars go by just to make sure that there was an end to the hill! 

When we reached the B&B, we were greeted by the goats, who were half scared and half curious about what were doing. Soon, the owner Deborah and Roma pulled in and helped us get settled in. Deborah was kind enough to let us borrow her Mercedes Benz to drive to find food at the local cafe, where we ate salad, a BLT, and some strawberry shortcake, all under the watch of a very interesting portrait of Johnny Cash. 
When we got back to the B&B, we watched the goats "mow the lawn" and played with the dogs...a pretty awesome evening for us. We even got treated to an amazing massage! What a great way to end the day! 

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