Day 4, July 21st
Start: Sand Point, ID
Finish: Thompson Falls, MT
Miles: 86 (100)
Elevation Gain: 2500'
PO Box 1450
Thompson Falls, MT 59873
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day, another state. Well to be fair, we did cross Idaho
at its narrowest part. We're now in Montana in a
different time zone. This state will not be crossed in a
day, or even two. We'll actually spend the next 4 1/2
days making our way across.
left our motel this morning, the weather was just
about perfect. Beautiful blue skies, mid-60's and no
wind. Later in the day, we got a bit of a tail wind,
delay waiting for railroad construction vehicles to
clear the intersection.
but nothing like yesterday.
The scenery was spectacular. I had a hard time not stopping every
500 yards to take another photo. Since many of us had the same idea
(re taking photos), I got separated from the other riders and
managed to miss the first turn-off at mile 26.7.
computer has been misbehaving since the heavy rain
leaving Wenatchee and seems to loose the signal from the
wheel speed sensor occasionally. So when I hit the
turn-off, my computer only said about 22 miles and I
wasn't looking for it. When I got to the Montana border
and my computer said 27 miles, I knew I had gone far.
Shortly after turning around, I saw the PAC Tour van
(Dena was taking a shortcut
the beautiful scenery as seen from our route in Idaho
Thompson Falls) and found out the turnoff was about five
miles back. I think I ended up doing about 14 miles
extra, making today an even century.
ordered a new cycle computer which will arrive tomorrow
evening at our motel, so hopefully this won't happen
One of the most interesting and entertaining
parts of the day was stopping at the "Bear
House". The lady that lives here takes in
"stray" wild animals and cares for them.
Stray bear cubs are released back into the
wild when they're about four years old, but
they often come back for visits.
When we rang the doorbell, a lady in a
The bear house
was on our route sheet as an interesting
answered and said she'd be back in a few minutes.
Apparently, she was putting some of the animals in
their cages as they normally have free rein in the
house. When we were finally let in, we entered a
large living room/kitchen area that was filled with
various taxidermy including mounted heads and full
animals. We had been in the room for a couple
minutes when we noticed that the cougar in the
corner wasn't stuffed. The photo below shows her -
she looks like a huge Garfield.
then went out back to see the bear cub and several
of us hand fed it taffy. Beside the bear cage was a
large pen attached to the house with two tigers. The
pen included a shallow swimming pool where the
female tiger was cooling off. We were told that all
the animals like to play together in the pool, and
occasionally some of the bears that are released
come back to join in the fun.
male tiger in the photo below posed for us for a
while, then turned its back to us and raised its
tail. By the time we figured out what was going on,
he sprayed his musk through the fence. We were all
laughing hysterically, but John got hit a good dose.
The two ladies that were riding with him (Judi and
Marlene) said he smelled of musk (to put it
politely) for the remainder of the ride.
Thanks to Doug for letting me use his toll-free
number to upload my site. For another perspective on
our tour, visit
beautiful scenery in Idaho
Another Idaho scene - this is a beautiful state
seems to be hay harvesting season in this area. I could
smell the sweet smell of fresh hay on numerous occasions
me crossing a bridge shortly after entering Montana (for
the second time)
motel for the night is overlooking this river
this sign on my off-course detour, but never felt any
is the bear-house lady's living room.
Amongst all the taxidermy in the living room, we didn't
notice that this one was alive until she moved her head
had a chance to feed taffy to the beer. She eats 15000
calories a day
bear-house lady and her daughter (or grand daughter?)
along with an animal I have not seen before
male is one if two tigers. When visitors are not around,
the tigers share the house with the bear, cougar and