Day 4 McCall to Lochsa Lodge

Day 4 McCall to Lochsa Lodge

Life in camp was good.  While Fred brought the killer coffee maker, John showed off a vintage tent that multitasked as a laundry line

Life in camp was good. While Fred brought the killer coffee maker, John showed off a vintage tent that multitasked as a laundry line


77 mile curve sign

Velo Road extraordinaire

North on 95 to Grangeville and then then 13 to Kooskia and then, and then, U.S. Route 12, the Northwest Scenic Passage Byway, This is one of my favorite roads, but don’t tell anyone. It’s beautiful, with lots of curves and spectacular views, places to access the river and not a lot of traffic.

In McCall I met a woman who lives and works in Boise and comes to McCall to fish and ride her bicycle on dirt trails. She said, “McCall is my heaven.” In Grangeville I spoke briefly with a woman who said she grew up in McCall but there were too many tourists there now. She loves Grangeville. One man told me that he used to live in Alaska, but he feels he can get more off the grid in Idaho than he ever did in Alaska. We’re barely scratching the surface as we ride through, but I can understand why Hemingway was attracted to this landscape.

On this road, parked bikes indicated someone was cooling off in the river.

On this road, parked bikes indicated someone was cooling off in the river.

At the end of today’s ride, we found ourselves in a beautiful campground. Others stayed in the lodge itself.

When we arrived at the campground, hundreds of these critters poked their heads up.  Their holes meant you had to watch where you were walking.

When we arrived, the open area was full of these critters. Their holes meant you had to watch where you were walking.


Our tents were behind the line of trees.

Our tents were under and between the trees.


Maintenance never ends

Maintenance never ends


How the other half live - Lochsa Lodge Cabins

How the other half live – Lochsa Lodge Cabins

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