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UPDATE….”IKE ON HER BIKE”

There are about 85 people on this tour.  Over half are over 50 years old.  There are a bunch who are in their forties and thirties and just a handful under 30.  There are many who have done this before.  The oldest is 81.  The youngest is 17 years.  There are many more men than women.  There are a few from Australia, Holland, one from France.  Several are from CT, TX and many other states scattered throughout the USA.
 
If you like trains, WA state is a good place to see them.  There are freight trains coming and going all day and night.  You can see a bunch in Montana, too.  There were a couple carrying over 100 cars.  On the first day, within the first five miles of the ride, a woman fell over the tracks and broke her arm.  She was out for the summer.
 
At the end of one of our long rides, we stayed at the Grand Culee Dam.  They had a laser show on the dam wall telling some of the history of Lewis and Clark, FDR, building it and irrigating the land and the use of the power.  It is tremendous.
 
On the Trail of the Couer d Alenes, named after the Indian tribe, we saw a deer munching on bushes, as docile as could be.  Then, I have some pics of a moose eating in the water along the trail. 
 
All of these states have massive amounts of crystal clear, cold water in falls, rivers and lakes.  It’s spectacular.  The colors are lush.

We had to share the road in Montana with a lot of big ol motorcycles.  We are in Missoula, the home of Adventure Cycling Assoc, who are great at promoting cycling lanes and safety and mapping and trips all around.
 
Last night, we acknowledged the youngest girl on the trip who forfeited her high school graduation to start this trip.  I think it was her gift for graduation.  I would recommend it, especially when you are younger!  I did a few century rides around New England twenty years ago,  I was much stronger and faster.  Also, it is a great way to see our country, meet people, talk about what you might want to do in life and see where you might want to live.  It’s an adventure.