Today would be considered an easy day on PACtour standards. Light winds and rolling terrain made for a very enjoyable ride and everyone is still in good spirits. The day started with us meandering through Spokane. Thanks to Veronica and a guy that I still don't know his name, I made it though downtown alive! I had no idea how to cycle through one way downtown streets. Once through the city, we hit more of a tree lined range. No wheat at all today! The new color and plant that grows wild in this part of the country is Lavender. Very pretty light purple fields dotted the country side. My pictures will not do them justice. We were also passed by the first log trucks today. I had heard they are awful - all of the ones that passed me today were well behaved. The thing I like about them is the strong scent of cedar coming off of the trees they were carrying.
One of the highlights of the day was passing our first state sign. Several of us showed up right at the same time for a small group picture under "Idaho". It was neat to see the excitement that we all shared over border sign.
The next highlight of the day was actually a missed turn! I missed a turn off of highway 2 and realized something was wrong and stopped to see if anyone else was coming my way. Shortly, Susan from Chicago and Paul from Austrialia showed up. After deliberating and going one way and coming back again, we found the correct turn and were on our way. Along the way we came across these very large bird nests. The bird had a white head, but it was not a bald eagle. It would squawk at us calling attention to the nest. The birds were later identified as ospreys. I just had so much fun riding and eating lunch with these Paul and Susan. Although we were the last 3 on the road, we were able to take it easy. The lunch crew had not started cleaning up yet, so there was still plenty hamburgers and pasta salad for us. We were also treated to an ice cream bar! We only had 10 miles to go and it was only 1:30, so a nice leisurely lunch was enjoyed. We then slowly meandered the remaining distance to the motel, stopping to take pictures when we felt like it.
Once again a great day! Tomorrow will be another new state and I think even a new time zone!
Lavendar - the picture does not do it justice
Tree lined roads replace the wheat fields
A small group of us crossing into Idaho
Lake Pend Oreille - we cylced along the lake for several miles.
Paul and Susan on the bike bridge coming into Sand Point, ID
HA! We are only 69 miles from Canada! Is that not wild?