We pedaled out of Spokane this morning at 8:00 A.M. and headed to Kellogg, Idaho. Thirty-nine of our miles were on roads and fifty-three miles were on the Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes, the bike trail across Idaho. We have completed fifty-three of the seventy-three miles on the trail and will be in Montana tomorrow.
We ate lunch at Gateway Cafe in Plummer, Idaho, where the bike trail begins. Great food and fun as we talked with the crew there. The ladies (left to right) in the photo are: Chris, Judy, and Marie. Mark, in the back, is the cook and did some super burgers and fries for us. Judy even gave Margaret a rose for Mother's Day. Wasn't that neat? Happy Mother's Day to you mommies!
On the bike trail we saw ospreys, all sorts of water fowl, and hawks. Add to that the wild turkeys, coyote, bald eagles, red-wing blackbirds, and mule deer we've seen and we could start our own zoo. I did see one squirrel today that ran in front of a car to commit suicide. It succeeded! That made my day!
We are in the Baymont Inn & Suites in Kellogg. Margaret wanted to stay at the Heartbreak Hotel (see photo), back the road a bit, where the rates were $29.00 but decided against it when she found out the indoor pool was closed and the big screen televisions had not yet been installed in the rooms. She said the place reminded her of Elvis.
We are all holding out well. I think we're a little behind schedule but that's not a big deal. Margaret is still the best at being our support driver and route organizer. Jonathan is good at riding and talking. Every three miles or so I hear Jonathan saying, "Oh my goodness" when he sees something incredible which happens a lot out here. He also says, "It's amazing" a lot too. I'm good mostly for riding and eating! I still think I should do one of those HGTV food shows when I get back.
We are now out of Washington but Washington is not out of us. We have new friends and great memories. Thanks to Noma, Sarin, Tim, Michael, Marshall, Greg and Rochelle, Lori and Al, Erin, Ron and Marjoe, Brian and Linda, Steve, the lady in the white station wagon who stopped to give us directions, the man who yelled at his dogs to get them to stop chasing us, and all the truckers and other drivers who kindly chose not to run over us. All of you made Washington a great memory in the beginning of a long trip.
Even Jiffy Lube! I almost forgot! We went to Jiffy Lube in Spokane yesterday for our 3,000 mile oil change. Those guys and gal were super. From beginning to our departure they were kind, they informed us, told us anything the Explorer needed, offered us soft drinks or coffee, washed our windows, and opened every door for us. They even took an offering! If Jiffy Lube was a church, I'd join it! Thanks Washington.
"As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend" (Proverbs 27:17).