Tag Archives: Northern Tier Bike Route

Into Montana – Day 8

We gained elevation, slowly, without long climbs. In flatter spots we passed by large ponds and wetlands often flanked by tall cottonwoods. The peaks in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness provided an impressive backdrop!
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Sandpoint, Idaho – Day 7

For $25, we got a delightful, shady tent site by the river and showers. Today’s ride of 65.3 miles allowed us to have more time in camp. This is a good daily distance for us. Also, the combination of Preparation H and bubble wrap made riding much more enjoyable!
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Lunch at Historical Marker – Day 6

Onward we biked for 19 miles to Newport. We arrived tired and hot. Betsy reserved a camp site at the Albini Cove recreation area 3 miles north of town. After my navigation error, we retraced our riding and found the campground. What a relief!
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Gathering at The Bike Hostel – Day 5

Well caffeinated, we headed uphill- steeply at first- toward Sherman Pass (Elevation 5,575 ft. ) with about 3,000 ft. of elevation gain. As we gained elevation under blue skies, we saw ponderosa pines, Douglas firs, western larches, then true firs in dense forests.
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Onward into the Okanogan – Day 4

After a short celebration, we donned our gloves and rain pants for the descent to Republic. Our gear helped prevent us from freezing, and when we arrived in Republic we immediately found a restaurant for hot soup and hot tea. What a relief!
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Day 3 – 91 Miles!

We were to turn southeast on Hwy 153 for 33 miles to Petaras, then turn north on US Hwy 97 for another 33 miles to Okanagon. Our relatively short 56 mile day turned into a 91 mile day!
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