Chatcolet - Coeur d'Alene - Farragut park (Ridaho)

Date: 
Monday, August 15, 2005
Miles: 
82
Bike: 
Giant OCR2
Buddies: 
Ridaho gang

A mix of busy roads, empty roads, gravel roads, bike paths, city streets, and country roads.

We started out on a nice road along the lake but soon did some serious climbing away from the lake. Andy was a little sketchy on the route at this point and we did have to ride a short gravel section. Paul had to ride on some super skinny lightweight tires I got for him. Larry was the only one with wide enough tires for gravel. Eventually the road came back down to the lake and we got on another paved bike path the rest of the way into Coeur d'Alene.

We left Coeur d'Alene and headed north. We knew this would be the longest day of the trip and we had already come a good distance. We climbed up to an open plateau of mostly grassland with views to the east. We got pretty spread out and I was well ahead when the road turned to gravel (or maybe just funky pavement, I can't remember). I waited for us all to regroup with the van, to figure out which way to go. The road was funky for a while but soon improved. Eventually we got on the main highway leading into the park.

Farragut Park

Farragut State Park is located near the very bottom, southwest corner of Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced 'pond array'), and is a popular destination. We had a reserved camp site and after a really long ride we were ready to relax, but when we got there we found our camp site was not quite what we hoped for. There was barely room to park the van, never mind a bunch of tents. Larry broke out the beer while Kevin and Andy went to see about finding better accommodations. They returned a while later with good news. They were sending us to a group campground that would have enough room. Enough room was an understatement. We had this whole place to ourselves for two nights. Now we were very happy.

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Around the lake
From our campsite we rode around the south end of the lake, and east, before turning north.

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At Harrison, ID
Our first rest stop for the day was in the small town of Harrison.

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Back on the trail
On the trail heading in to Coeur d' Alene

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Riding into Coeur d'Alene
Onthe trail getting closer to town.

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At the ice cream stand
We wasted no time finding a suitable re-fueling station. After lunch we headed out of town and north.

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Grassland north of Coeur d'Alene
This was the view north of Coeur d'Alene

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Kevin pointing the way
Kevin said "that way" so off we went. The road was funky for a while but soon improved. Eventually we got on the main highway leading into the park.

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Farragut State Park
Arriving at Farragut State Park

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Camp spot too small
We were assigned a tiny campsite with barely room for the van.

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Group camp site
They then sent us to the group site which was huge and empty.