Our trip this time takes us on a journey to the Hiawatha Trail, the Trail of the Coeurd’Alenes and Wallace Idaho. We left work on Friday and headed east on I-90 to Montana and exit 5 off of the interstate. From there its just a few short miles up a well maintained gravel road to the Hiawatha Trail head. We stopped just a half mile before the trail head and camped for the night. We found a nice spot next to a creek and a beaver pond. It was far enough from the interstate that no road noise could be heard. A very peaceful and nice night.
a nice spot to spend the night
the beaver pond next to where we parked for the night
The next morning we got up and made coffee then drove the half mile to the trail head. It was very early and no one was there. I took our bikes off the bike rack and prepped them for our ride. We had our dogs with us but they would have to stay in the camper as dogs are not allowed on this trail. That’s a bummer but we don’t set the rules. The time we would be gone would only be 3 hours and it was a cool day so no problem. So, we had our breakfast and walked around the trail head and read signs. We were waiting for a few people to show up that we would ride with. This gathering was with a few fellow geocachers.
the tunnel information
Our fellow geocachers showed up and we were ready to start our ride at 10 am or so. The start of the trail is at the big tunnel, 1.7 miles long. Lights and helmets are required to ride the trail. We were all prepared and started our ride after a safety meeting with the trail monitor.
more fellow cachers
the east portal to the big tunnel
We made it through the tunnel, no problem. I forgot gloves for myself and my hands were a bit cold by the time we got out of the tunnel.
warming my hands
cody outside the west tunnel portal
west tunnel portal
The trail is a wonderful trail for bike riding. It is downhill slightly going through a few other smaller tunnels and high trestles. All on a compact gravel surface. There are many interpretive signs along the route to learn from, plenty of picnic spots to relax and eat and non stop beauty of the mountains.
cody and joanne
one of the trestles we ride over
it takes “talent” to get a picture like this while still riding the bike….or lucky…you decide
We made our way to the end of the trail. For those who wish you can turn around and ride back up to the top. We decided to take the bus back up to the top. The bus ride takes about a half hour to reach the west tunnel portal. From there you ride back through the tunnel to the trail head.
riding the bus back up to the top
We all gathered around our camper and we had a potluck lunch. Time slipped quickly by us as we talked and ate. Eventually we all left and went our separate ways. For us, we were off to Wallace Idaho to stay the night. We would be staying at the Wallace RV park, the one we stayed at in May. It is a nice place to stay right in Wallace. We really enjoy the small town with its shops, restaurants and breweries. Well, I enjoy the breweries. I found out a great fact about the town on this trip. You are allowed to have a drink to go as long as it is in a red cup. Well heck ya…give me a beer to go then!
The next morning we were going to ride a small section of the Trail of the Coeurd’Alenes with a fellow cacher friend. There was a cache series along a section of the trail we wanted to complete. It was a nice sunny warm day for it. This time our dogs could go with us. They rode in the bike trailer.
parked at the end of the road and getting ready to ride the trail
finding a cache along the trail
We had a nice ride and we said our goodbyes to our friend. We pointed our camper west and made our way home. We took the side roads and did geocaching along the way. I can not say it enough on how we love taking the side roads. So many things to see that are missed by flying by at top speed on the interstates.
miners memorial in idaho
We got home a few hours later. Another fun trip enjoying what our area and life has to offer.
While we were in Wallace I thought…”I should schedule a truck camper gathering next May for here.” I will in fact do that. You fellow truck camper people will see it announced on the NATCOA, RVNET, LOA forums as well as on TRUCK CAMPER MAGAZINE come January 2014.
Here are some links for more information on the trails and Wallace…
bikes to caches September 6-8 2013