Day 4 McCall to Lochsa Lodge
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.
At the end of today’s ride, we found ourselves in a beautiful campground. Others stayed in the lodge itself.