Ride Idaho Past Rides 2010
Wow, spectacular, gorgeous, breathtaking, best thing I've ever done! These are just a few of the descriptions that sum up the 2010 Ride Idaho.
The ride took us from the northern town of Hayden, Idaho, where we began our trek, and we cycled our way through part of Montana and back to Hayden.
The host communities for this years ride included Hayden, Priest Lake, and Sandpoint, and as we pedaled our way north we found ourselves in Montana. Troy and Thompson Falls generously hosted our guests, and we continued our journey back to Idaho through the cities of Kellogg, Harrison, and Hayden to conclude our route.
Highlights of the ride included the enjoyment of large bodies of water such as Lake Coeur d' Alene, Hayden Lake, Priest Lake, and Lake Pend d’Oreille. Guests were treated to seeing majestic wolves at the Wolf Gardens Wildlife Center, took float plane and boat rides over and around Lake Pend d’Oreille, went swimming in the Kootenai River at the Roosevelt Bridge in Troy, Montana, enjoyed the walking path across the power plant in Thompson Falls, Montana. The most memorable and challenging elevation in climbing was Dobson Pass (some say a 16% grade at times). Close to 71 miles of bike path on the famous Trail of the Coeur d' Alene's, with a visit to the oldest building in Idaho, the Cataldo Mission. Guests then crossed over the Chatcolet Bridge into Heyburn State Park, and onto the Palouse Prairie, returning back to Hayden.
Each night cyclists and guests enjoyed live music while relaxing with their new found friends. They enjoyed the beer garden, beautiful scenery, and telling stories about the moose they spotted grazing along the side of the road.