18 June 2009
We climbed the front range of the Rockies at Bozeman Pass, then down into a broad valley as far as Missoula where we began a long and difficult ride up the mountains to Lookout Pass on the Idaho state line. The mountains were steep, craggy a d covered with firs. The highway wound in every direction, often going alongside a mountain river.
We paassd heavy trucks grinding uphill at 15 mph, engines screaming and a faint whiff of burning clutch in the air.
We stopped at the summit and took the picture above.
Then it was downhill for an hour, like a rollercoaster ride that never goes up. Steep descents that flowed into sharp curves that dropped into another descent. Part of the descent was on the interstate, with a 35 mph speed limit in places because of the sharp curves.
It brought us into Couer D'Alene, past the beautiful lake, 23 miles long and nesteled between mountains at 3,500 above sea level. Stunning!
Tomorrow we head to northern Idaho in search of famous potatoes.
Posted by Michael Haz at 11:20 PM