What I missed out yesterday was that after I got to the campground, I found a nice spot, near the camp host and dozed for a while as I read a book. I needed a shower badly I reckon and went up to the lake and swam in it. Not something I usually do, but I guess the water was warm, day was hot and I was grungy.
There were a few more families camped out there and I chatted with one group fishing in the lake. The parents were 60+ and had done a bike tour of the West Coast a while back. Always nice to find other people who have toured. As I set up camp and walked around, another Family, Jordan, JaNeal and their 3 children chatted me up for a bit. Later they invited me to join them for a while at their camp site. They were preparing dinner and offered me some. Fresh potatoes, carrots and beans from their gated. I was happy to accept the invite and helped about a bit chopping the veggies. It was going to be a roast and Jordan threw the lot into the fire. We chatted a while as it cooked and when they realised I was riding thro Spokane, they asked me to pop by their place as they live there.
Pretty awesome! Imagine a complete stranger inviting another at a camp site to come to their house. I think this random acts of kindness will never cease to amaze me. They were super nice and invited me for bfast too. I was planning an early morning ride and wished them farewell and (though hoped I would sleep in and bump into them again). As it turned out, I was up at 5:30 (Dang the jet lag :-p ). I made a b’fast and was out of the campsite at 7 AM. Before anyone else was even up! Well I will be seeing them in a few days again!
I had to back track a few k’s before the turnoff to the Moyie River Road showed up. It was a big relief to be away from the highway for sure and the quiet road meandered along the railway track. Which meant not many steep climbs! I met the cafe owner along the way and waved good byes. The weather was pleasant in the morning and the quiet roads and the beautiful scenery made for a good ride.
I got up to Meadow Creek Campground (where there was a fork in the road) and I was not sure which route I should be taking, I stopped a car along the road to enquire. The guy was a photographer who has hiked numerous of the trails along the way and and a bunch of Bear stories to relate. Turned out I was standing on the road for an hour chatting with him. My legs hurt when I got on the bike again.
The Road gently climbed up to a lake and after that was a sweet descent with no traffic and wide turns and I just blazed my way downhill. Eventually, the nice road had to end and I was thrown at a highway close to Bonners Ferry. I rode into town and got into the visitor’s centre for some maps. There were a few I could use, but the internet wasn’t working and I had to move on. I was peckish and walked into a lunch spot for doe burger and fries. They were small as american sizes go and it was a bummer that they didn’t have internet either,
I was planning to head to Sandpoint by the day, but it was getting hotter and I figured I’d hide out in the Library till the heat eases up. While at the library, I made alternate plans for travel and figured I do not need to be in Sandpoint today and it would be nicer to get there tomorrow instead. I was informed by a person on warm showers that I could camp out in the fairgrounds for free. I wanted to find out more about it and was enquiring with the librarian when a lady, Mary, out of the blue offered me her guest room to stay in! Again!
She gave me her address and directions and I made my way up there in a while. Mary was such a sweet person and just opened her doors to me and let me hang out. She was headed to tend her community garden and I offered some help. We watered some plants and tried to figure out some storage solutions, I suppose we made some ideas and a fixture, better than nothing I suppose.
Later in the evening, she wanted to make some roasted vegetables and as we were chatting while chopping the veggies, her friend, Lorie, invited us to a dinner at her place. Hmmm. Again, again!!
We drove down to Don and Lorie’s place and I was amazed to find a huge spread of food on the table. They had their daughter vista with her friend and she had decided to make a big meal. It was amazing! More than the dinner, the company of Don and Laurie was so much more fun. They each have had different careers and Don recently has been out in the mountains setting up bear bait to get population stats of grizzlies. We spent the evening looking at some of the cool pictures from the motion sensitive camera and there were some surprising outtakes, heh. Hilarious.
I had much fun chatting with them and we reached home later and I had a nice cozy bed to sleep in. Such an enjoyable day with so many amazing encounters.
Route: Robinson Lake Campground to Bonners Ferry
Distance: 50 Km
Time in saddle: hrs
Expenses: Sg$ 13.75
Comments: Day got really hot after lunch.