Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

     
Daily Trip Log
Jack
 
     

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
from Post Falls to Coeur d'Alene, ID
   
 
Date: 2006-08-04
Distance: 28 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 1.95 Hours
Average Speed: 14.37 kph
 
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver 845 Kilometres  
Thoughts for the Day  
 

I fell cheated today. When does one listen to advice of others? When does one just ignore it and do what one was planning to do? On a cycling trip one tries to learn from the experiences from others and plan one’s trip accordingly. But, is the advice relevant? Frequently, the feedback received is from the mindset of one sitting behind the wheel with a powerful engine in front, not that of being on a bicycle.

 

 
  Today was such a day.

 
  The morning started on the North Idaho Centennial Trail at Post Falls. From there the cycle took us to Coeur d’Alene. The next step was to connect to the Coeur d’Alene Trail some 50 kilometres or so south. There were two cycling options, using Highway 95, the connecting highway to the Canadian border some 100 kilometres north, or Highway 97, a road that meanders around the lake on the east side.

 
  We started asking for thoughts and recommendations in the bike store in Spokane. We asked people along the way. The consensus was that don’t cycle either but take a shuttle from Coeur d’Alene to the Casino and then continue south with the shuttle to Plummer. By the way the shuttle service was free, commuter buses with bike racks on the front,

 
  At lunch, John had made up his mind to take the shuttle after a discussion with a cyclist at the Coeur d’Alene visitor information centre. So, I decided to also use the shuttle.

 
  With the bikes on front of the bus, I observed Highway 95 as the bus made its way south to the Casino. With wide paved shoulders I wondered why we were not cycling. Even through the construction zone the pavement was wide enough to accommodate cycling. Then we reached a 3 or 4 kilometres section where the shoulders disappeared and the road narrowed. With the intensity of traffic on this road, it was a good reason not to cycle on it.

 
 

So, we had a pleasant trip on two commuter buses with talkative passengers and drivers. It was more of a community feeling than being on a transit bus.

 

 
    Early into Plummer. A chance for John to get his legs back before we tackle the next mountain pass in the next two days. The trailhead is just a couple of blocks away from this old motel. We need to do our things early as the town closes up by 8:00 pm.

 
    Looking forward to the trail in front of us. The advertising literature showed mouse on the trail. Any chance of encountering one in such hot heat?

 
    Apparently, this area has gone through some 40 degree Celsius days. The crops are 3 to 4 weeks early as a result. While it is a shade cooler now, we should be enjoying warm days, just what John does not like. Give him rain. Give him clouds. Give him cool days. Then he is happy.

 
Cycling Facilities  
    Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene  
  Bike Lanes

Bike lanes, frequently called Bike Routes, were installed on secondary and residential streets as part of the Centennial Trail.

Coeur d’Alene had some as well in addition to a two-way path on the shoulder of a road as part of the Trail. No cycling lanes were noticed on any other roads.