Shawna made a(nother) fabulous breakfast and had to leave the B&B in the morning. I had a leisurely time packing the motorcycle. It doesn’t seem like all my stuff could fit, but it does! And there is room to stash, for example, the riding pants after it warms up by strapping them onto the back seat.
I got to “enjoy” the highway (de)construction that they’re still working on, just north of Darby near the city of Hamilton. They have the same few miles of dirt roads that I “enjoyed” a month ago when I arrived. At least now there are some concrete curbs built, a sure sign that road surface will follow soon.
I love riding the Lewis&Clark valleys up to Lolo Pass, and then down the long winding road to Lewiston. And when I say long, I mean 100 miles of twisty canyons along the Leschi River, followed by 70 miles of gentle canyons for the Clearwater River. Is there such a thing as “too many twisties”? Well, maybe, but only after you’ve ridden the same stretch a few times, lol.
River levels are astounding. All the rivers since the Missouri River (seen in St Louis) are obviously at very high levels. Today’s rivers in Montana and Idaho are astonishingly full of spring snow run-off, and trees and sandbars are covered or washed away. These shrubs are normally high and dry.
I didn’t take many pictures today since I rode this route once already a month ago. Today’s trip is rather a blur since all I wanted was to reach Pullman on my way home.