Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes (Ridaho)

Sunday, August 14, 2005
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Ridaho gang

Wallace Idaho

Wallace's big claim to fame is that they had the last working bordello in the US which is now the Oasis Bordello Museum. Our camp site was in a cold canyon that never got any sun.

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

One of the premiere paved rail-to-trails, the trail is straight and practically flat for 73 miles through the Silver Valley. The trail was built as a super-fund site. There was so much toxic junk that leaked or dribbled from the trains that they just buried it and paved over it. What we didn't know at the time was that what looked to be pristine meadows and woods just off the trail, was still quite contaminated.

Leaving Wallace we first went through a few old mining towns like Kellogg and Pinehurst, before heading out to some beautiful country.

Eventually we made our way across Chatcolet bridge before finding our campsite on the banks of Lake Coeur d'Alene

More about the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes


Wallace, Idaho
I called this place hole-in-the-wall. The little grass strips between the pavement was the only place to setup tents. Notice the flying saucer in the background. We left Andy's car here and just took the van as our support vehicle.


Ready to ride
It was a cold morning but spirits were high as we started our ride. Andy got out before everyone else and rode the trail east to where it starts, and then back to camp. He then took the van while the rest of us took the trail west. After Andy got the van


The Coeur D'Alene River
The Coeur D'Alene River. pretty far up stream. We followed it all the way to Lake Coeur d'Alene.


Trail of the Coeur d'Alene
The trail was smooth and straight the whole way The Coeur d'Alene


Chatcolet bridge
The trail went over the Chatcolet bridge to the far side of the lake. This was a really long bike bridge right over the water.


Campsite on Lake Coeur d'Alene
Our campsite on Lake Coeur d'Alene


Dan's chair
Dan was having some problems with his chair


Happy campers
After our first great day of riding, and with Larry to entertain us, we were all happy campers. We did 61 miles the first day, except for Andy who had about 90.