2020 COEUR D' ELENE

  • 07/17/2020
  • 3:00 PM
  • 07/24/2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • Northern Idaho Panhandle

2020 COEUR D'ALENE: REVISITED!

8 days/7 nights - Friday-Friday, July 17-24, 2020

Tour Leader: Marilyn Choske-303/905-8510

Join us as we explore the Northern Idaho Panhandle region of Coeur d'Alene and the bicycling opportunities available! You'll learn about its history of railroad transportation and mining contributions. Regional waterways and mountains offer abundant flora and fauna viewing ops (on the 2017 bike tour, we spotted a moose grazing in a nearby willow field, just off the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes). We'll wrap up our week's adventures with an evening dinner cruise on beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene.

This tour is rated Fun/Intermediate; and our tour group of 14 participants should be independent riders capable of doing their own tire and bicycle repairs, if needed. Use your road, hybrid, or mountain bike. Rides are out and back with leader (one is optional loop with leader in Coeur d'Alene area) or arranged shuttles on your own. Day rides are 25 to 60 round-trip miles--you choose your distance on the out-and-back days. All but one ride start at hotels. Each day at ride's end gives you time for yourself to rest, swim (where applicable), and/or explore the town.

Included in the trip cost of $990 is 7 nights' double-occupancy lodging (two queen or double beds), happy hour refreshments, pre- and post-trip group gatherings, one group lunch, Hiawatha trail/lunch/shuttle costs, last-evening group dinner cruise, and scheduled rides.

Lodging for the trip includes 3 nights' stay in Kellogg, ID; 2 nights' stay in Harrison, ID; and 2 nights' stay in Coeur d'Alene, ID. Hotel amenities include complimentary hot breakfast (except in Harrison-breakfast on own at nearby restaurant); in-room bike storage, mini fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, and free WIFI; free parking; pool/spa (except in Harrison); and easy access to bikepaths.

You are responsible for your transportation to/from Idaho, either by car, plane (to Spokane airport), or bicycle! If you fly, you're also responsible for transportation to/from our hotels.

THE TRAILS

Route of the Hiawatha -- This 15-mile, crushed-gravel trail was built on an old railroad grade. The route includes 9 tunnels and 7 high steel trestles! Many interpretive signs and lots of views.

NOTE to road bike riders: Are you comfortable riding this type of trail with your usual road tires? (2 riders did so on the 2017 bike tour.) If you can't or don't want to change out your tires to slightly wider ones, consider renting a hybrid from the nearby bike shop: costs about $35/day.

Northern Idaho Centennial Trail -- This 24-mile paved bikepath parallels the Spokane River from Lake Coeur d'Alene west to the ID/WA border. Many scenic overlooks and interpretive signs.

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes -- This 73-mile paved bikepath nearly spans the Idaho Panhandle. Bicycle near and through small towns and different ecosystems.

To register, please mail a $450 deposit check, along with your completed DBTC liability waiver and registration/medical forms, to: Marilyn Choske, 3900 Holland St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Balance of $540 is due by May 15, 2020. Applicants will be added to the tour roster on a first-received-forms basis.

NOTE that registration funds are nonrefundable but may be transferable. To cover your tour registration fee in the event of unforeseen circumstances preventing you from participating in the tour, travel insurance is recommended. Questions? Contact Marilyn at mjchoske@gmail.com or 303-905-8510 before 9pm.

PRELIMINARY TOUR ITINERARY (subject to change; registrants will receive more detailed information)

FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020:

Check in to Fairbridge Inn & Suites--Kellogg, after 4:00pm. Welcome Happy Hour/group dinner/meeting at 6:00pm in the hotel's breakfast room.

SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2020:

Ride the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes westward for 20 miles; on return, stop for an off-trail group BBQ picnic lunch at a town restaurant. Return to Kellogg hotel.

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2020:

Route of the Hiawatha: 15 miles of crushed-gravel trail built on an old railroad bed that runs from East Portal in Montana to Pearson, Idaho.. YOU NEED TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE GOOD HEADLIGHT AND TAILLIGHT EACH FOR TODAY! The Taft Tunnel is dark! Stop for pre-packed lunch (included in your registration fee) along the way. Shuttle bus returns us from Pearson to west end of Taft Tunnel. Return thru tunnel to our waiting vehicles.

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020:

After breakfast, check out of hotel and drive to Harrison, ID. Upon arriving at hotel, ride eastward on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and connect to Bull Run and return. Check into Harrison hotel.

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020:

Ride the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes to its western terminus, Plummer, Idaho. Lunch along the way, and return to Harrison hotel.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020:

After breakfast, check out of Harrison hotel and drive to Coeur d'Alene. Upon arrival at CdA hotel, ride Centennial Trail to/from its eastern terminus at Higgens Point. Check in to Holiday Inn Express after 3:00pm. HIE offers a Manager's (complimentary) Happy Hour from 5-7pm on Wednesdays: Caesar salad with (optional) chicken, wine, beer, iced tea, lemonade. (We made this our dinner/meal one evening on the 2017 tour.) Dinner, if needed, on your own.

THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020:

Ride west on Centennial Trail along Spokane River to Idaho/Washington state border. Brief stop at visitor center. Riders can individually decide whether to ride road loop with leader or return to hotel via same route. Free afternoon for yourself. "Non-mandatory" Happy Hour at 5pm. Meet in hotel lobby (time TBD) to carpool to City Parking Lot and prepare to board the watercraft for our Lake Coeur d'Alene dinner (YUM!) cruise!

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2020:

Enjoy breakfast; check-out by 11:00am. Safe travels home!


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