7/20 rode to Richland 44.22mi
On the way into town the first thing we saw was one of the suggested camping spots. Headed directly into the heart of the little town to get cold drinks. As we were cooling off in the shade a local lady came up to us and said "You shouldn't do the pass midday in this heat. You should go down to the community park next to the reservoir and hang out in the shade!" That pretty much decided it for us. It was around 100 degrees:) Camping was nice, spent the afternoon watching the clouds, the water was free but tasted like sulphur.
7/21 to Brownlee Dam 42mi and a campground the Idaho Power Co runs - Woodland $10
Couldn't even write in my journal this night. The ride there was cool. The reservoir was lined with wild cherry trees and blackberry 'bushes'(?). So freakin hot I thought I was going to start crying. We were in the dessert and we were surrounded by brown hills and green water.
7/22 to Council via a pass 49m
Things started to turn green on the way out of the canyon and we got our first glimpse of an East bound rider! We finally met up. Her name is Marie, from Portland and we rode together for a ways. She wanted to do something BIG since she was turning 50. We camped at the Council town park for free and it was a block from the store. VERY convenient!! We even had ice that night. No showers but there was a bathroom.. tried riding the bike trail instead of 95 but it was too gravelly for us to ride. Tom cooked a great meal of meat sauce and pasta. YUM!
7/23 to Riggins 63m
The ride this day was BEAUTIFUL. Rode a long ways down stunning canyons and saw lots of evergreen trees. Camped at the cg at the far end of town. Nice owners and river side. The river has special powers. It gave me an instant attitude adjustment when I jumped in it! (From bad to good). Town full of friendly folks. Hope we see Thumbs walking around town tomorrow. He is a Seed Saver and lives totally off the grid. Heard about some history of the place from Earl yesterday. This use to be a mill town until that burned in the 80's. Now it is service based. If you want to go rafting come here. The River Rock Cafe is the place to eat too.
7/24 rest, bike repair and the beach
No Cell Service for us here.