Starting Location: Cusick, WA
Ending Location: Hope, ID
Lowest Elevation: 2051
Highest Elevation: 2247
I got an early start this morning and managed to be packed up and on the road within an hour of waking up. I went to bed a little earlier the night before and it made it much easier to wake up and get moving rather than feeling like a sloth while packing my camp up.
Thirty minutes into my ride the sun started to come out enough to the point that I got to take my jacket off. It looked beautiful with the sun shining on the river with the mountains around. I could tell it was going to be a good day.
About an hour in, I spotted a small moose to the side of the road. I stopped to take a look and a few pictures. I wanted my bigger lens so I could zoom in enough to get a decent picture of it, but it was too deep in my bag. The moose and I stared at each other for a while. It got startled each time a car drove by (which wasn't too often). He started coming closer to me and I was able to get a few pretty good pictures of him, as well as a video on my phone. Eventually he came up and crossed the road in front of me.
A few more miles down the road I crossed a bridge over the river to get to Usk where I grabbed some food and snacks. I decided that I would just stay on this side of the river and ride on highway 20 again. I regretted that almost immediately as the wind was much more intense than on the other side of the river. Even while going downhill I still had to pedal really hard to feel like I was riding at a decent speed.
A few more miles up the road, guess who I ran into? Gary and Dennis! We were all positive that we were never going to run into each other agian after not seeing each other since yesterday morning. I rode with them for most the rest of the day. It was much easier to keep a steady pace while riding with them, and I enjoyed the company! We crossed over into Idaho which marked my first time ever crossing a state on a bicycle! Eventually we made it to Sandpoint, Idaho which is where they would be picked up by their wives and enjoy the comfort of their own homes down in Courdelane.
I stopped in at the bike shop to get a few things for my bike, then at Safeway to get some more groceries. I then headed on my way for a campground in Hope, Idaho. The rest of the day I rode with Lake Pend Orielle to my side, and it was absolutely beautiful. When I got to the Sam Owen Campground it looked like a really nice campground, however they didn't have showers. I went to check the covered areas that had plugins to at least charge my laptop and phone up, but there was no power. So I decided I would keep moving on.
I stopped at a nice tucked away area not too far from the road. It wasn't ideal because I could hear the road and the trains going by, but it was conveniently close to my route and away from where anybody could see me!