Sunday Morning after 5 miles into out of Winchester, ID it is all down hill from here to Lapawi and Church.
Are You Kidding ME!!! the 5th flat tire and this one on the spare and new tube. Oh well – getting really good at fixing these.
Meet a couple riding from Portland, OR to Portland, Maine. Mari said she hadn’t had a reason to get new bike until sitting in mine. There is more on Mari and Terry at their blog spot at “http://pedalpushers.blogspot.com/”
made it to Sacred Heart church in Lapawi in plenty of time this morning 25 miles. My Niece Amy and her Husband Brian are coming to pick me up and take me home to Deary.
Great Niece Heather looks like her Mom and Aunt Jenn
Home with Brian, Amy and Patrick what a wonderful home in Deary, Idaho. I like this place.
The oldest great nephew in Idaho Mathew a super fellow going to be a senior in High school next year.
and of course KC the youngest of the Popes – photo by Heather
Slow morning getting going at the Bear Den RV Park
The Rec room where using Microwave for instant coffee.
What!!! a flat tire – I haven’t had flat for the last 2000miles the road out of Grangeville has rumble strips –
The fields out of town are beautiful Greens, and yellows.
stopped and Talked with Chris a young fellow(Late 20’s) who farms 700 acres and runs 250 head of cattle He explained the yellow flowers is winter Canola bean crops. It is in the Bronk stage and grows up to 6 inches in a day until developing the seed pods. also the winter Canola oil is used for industrial oils not food stuff.
The church in Ferdnado for vigil mass, I was late after having stopped for 4 flat tires combination of wires and poor patches.
after the 4th flat I switched to my spare tire and new tube. I ‘ll try for Mass in Lapawi, Id. tomorrow Sunday.
More History lesson of the area and how the weiser river got it’s name.
A good 40 miles and at dark stealth camped under the trees under the tarp.
i spending some time having breakfast and watching this fellow searching for his over the river.
Great Camp site on the gravel – there was not any rain last night which was fine.
The view down the River – Up ahead the road pulls away from the river up to the Camis Prairie
They say some folks up here are perpared for big changes in the world – This fellow may be expecting the global warming ice cap meltnig or another Noah flood, In any case he is prepared.
Coming into White Bird, ID – stayed on the old hwy 95 the new section goes over the bridge above. There will be climb out of the Salmon River Canyon Today.
lots the yards in the farms have Iris and they are beautiful
Coming out of White Bird came past this barn with the antler display on his barn.
Rested here and the owner came out talked. A great person who has lived here 18 years after moving down from Alasks after 20 years. He hascommercial fished around Alaska waters for 40 years. Harvey has a some definite views on things and he is prepared in a community sort of way, another one of the hopeful things that I discover in my journey.
Begining the the grade out of the Canyon
White bird Battle area with the Nez Pearce Indians They won this one.
These two folkd passsed me walking up the hill faster than I was pedaling
Starting to make some progress on the grade – the old 95 grade is a lot of switchbacks – yet to come.
Caught up with the walkers – They didn’t have any water and were just carring a briefcase – I was able to give some bottles with water so they could continue.
A lot of the highway in Idaho is open ranges around here – The travel companions are not a attentive or talkative all the time.
The view gets more and more spectacular the higher you go
This young calf started following me, so figured out I didn’ t look that much like Mom, wrong color fur.
The last switch back and the view down.
Not the end of up though – these canyons are steep and deep.
yes I can have only a little better feel for effort to get up and out.
near the top of the White Bird Hill one lane road contruction zone. The traffic is held up and let go alternately. The girl said it wasn’t far to the downhill side. How fast can you go?
Oh Brother just what I need more uphill to pedal as fast as I can on oneway, holding up traffic in both directions. The road department is netting the sides before spaying with concrete
Now I am on the down hill finally – Only about 40 cars and trucks backed up. They didn’t start waving at me until toward the end of line.
i Into Grangeville after 33 miles and decided to back track to the Bear Den RV park for night – great place, shower and rec room with Microwave for coffee.
On the way out of Council this yard struck me as just plain pretty. Stopped by the grocery store for water and asked if there was a cafe for coffee – the cashiers husband was the cook down the street –
Out of Council the road is mostly up – since the Wieser River flows down from the north even fallowing the river edge it is up hill. Not going to press it today.
Crossed the Weiser River again the country is just what I really enjoy. Note the old railroad bed trail down there .
it is early and I am tired and this looks like a great place to camp. Turns out the camp is closed – the bike fits around the gate so it is not crowded.
The map of the River trail that I slept next to last night –
Yep there may be a good tent site near here and I have my own Paper.
4pm in the after noon after 20 miles and I deserve this really nice rest afternoon. Getting the pictures titled for an up load when there is service.
And this is what overhead looks like today. This is cool.
A really cold night – got up once to put on more cloths and put the tarp over the sleeping bag. This is new walmart shoe repair – sewing and shoo goo – glad I put it in Las Vegas.
The morning warmed up quickly and looks be a great one –
Heading back to highway – I am kinda getting into this not being so tired I pass out next to the Highway black top.
How about that made it to another state
If I had known Idaho highway was so smooth and no rumble strip on a wide should and look at that just a breeze – Thank YOU for a great Morning.
today is some flora of the area – only on the uphills – ya know the excuse to stop and take a picture
Before heading off down this section after a long climb up it is time for Lunch. I find eating something every 2 hours is what keeps the Bonks away. Every knows that we just forget.
Well I am outa tortillas, but have the peanut butter and Marmalade with Emergency Drink.
Finally caught one on camera – there has been 3 or 4 of these trucks everyday hauling onions, tell by the peelings blowning out
Must be on another upgrade some more flower closeup
Yes it is a really long up hill not too steep and there are these flowers
Now here is a really good sign Viewing area and brake check means good down hill and I already had 6 miles to here.
Ya know if you choose to provide food for the world, you might as well live in a pretty place, where you can rest after the daily hard work – I meet Les in a little whole taught me a lot more of the area and knows these folks.
OmyGosh a Snake – after nearly 3,300 miles I finally see a snake – this one is on the road about 8 inches long and dead. Oh Well so much for being afraid of all the snakes.
Must be Idaho they leave potatoes at the rest areas for free. Not
Now this one of those interesting facts – passed the river back at Rome and now you know some more of the history
As I came in the valley I was thinking – Level the ground, add some seed, put on some water and WALA Food.
The Food part – Les the fellow who grow of this says just about any seed you put in the ground around here grows well. There is a little more to putting the seen in the ground and watering it on a scale this large.
This is Les he stopped and we talked – He does the dirt to Food part. His family farms and ranches much of this area. A really great fellow. He and his family is the reason this country is great and they are the reason there is hope in the future with the community and family that continues to feed the rest of us.
Les told me all the water I have been seeing the last few days comes from the Oyhee river and later on the Snake river supplies the water for the farms. Again it is days like yesterday and today that gives all of us hope in the NOW and for tomorrows. There is no need for any Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.
As if today in not perfect enough, Here is the Snake River RV park – with hot shower, washer and dryers and a nice desk to do this blog up date.
looking out over the Snake River near Homedale, Idaho after a shower, dinner and clean cloths. This is a beautiful NOW that I have spent my whole life getting to and am close to the next NOW of eternity.