July 14, 2013
Deary City Park
Roll time: 9:00 am
Huckleberry shakes, ice cream? Shoot,
I think you can get your huckleberries in a sandwich when you
are in Elk River, Idaho.
Getting there requires cycling through
mountain meadows, dark green forests and over streams. The reflectors
five feet high on poles along the road suggest you might need
a snowmobile if you try to do this ride too late in the year.
We always do it in July to escape the heat of the Lewiston Valley.
It's often plenty warm even in these wilderness mountains.
We usually have someone driving SAG
more or less. If we do, we'll ask for a $5.00 donation for gas. You did hear
about the price of gas, didn't you? Or have you been on your bike
all this time?
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We start the ride at the Park in Deary,
It's about an hour's drive from Lewiston (Google says 1:27). Some
of us choose to skip the 9 busiest miles between Deary and Boville
by parking in Boville and waiting for the group. The slowest riders
often just ride toward Elk River knowing the faster riders will
over take them.
This is an informal club event with
no registration or fee required. It has been nice the last couple
of years to have had volunteer sag drivers. Despite being in the
mountains, it can be plenty warm. And, although the distance is
only 54 miles round trip, you do plenty of climbing--over 2,000
feet to Elk River. Every year we seem to find folks who are not
ready for the combination of distance, hills, and heat. If you'd
like to drive sag or trade with someone let us know, so we can
make arrangements with others.