BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 63 Lolo to Powell

Day Sixty Three Thane’s Blog: hello lolo

Tuesday July 2, 2013, 45 miles (72 km) – Total so far: 3,373 miles (5,428 km)

We slept in a little bit today because we knew we had a rather short ride today. Around 45 miles I guess. Usually the badass cycling band of old dudes are turning a pedal between 5:30 and 5:45 am. Today it was around 7. To tell you the truth it felt a little weird to head out that late.

The famous climb up Lolo pass was on our minds this morning as we spun through farm lands. Horses grazed leisurely against a backdrop of mountains lined with majestic pine trees. For much of the morning a small river ran down the side of the mountain and filled the air with the beautiful sound of meandering music. Birds laughed at us. Horses laughed at us. The mountains laughed at us but it is all good.
At the base of Lolo I hooked up my headphones to my favorite play list and pointed Boo north to the summit. It was a beautiful climb really. Steady grade of between 4-6 percent with a few areas less than that. The odometer told me the climb was around 4 miles but it seems a lot less than that. Maybe it was the fact that I am enjoying these efforts. Maybe it was the fact that I had been told that on the top was the sign welcoming us into the state of Idaho. Maybe it was the fact that it was an absolutely beautiful sun shining day today.

Whatever the case, the fact remains that I absolutely loved climbing Lolo pass. I have fond memories of today’s climb and I am thankful for the chance to hug another mountain.

Tomorrow we make a 73 mile trip to the town of Syringa. The map says the first 66 of these miles holds absolutely no services for us. This simply means that we stock up on water and food tonight for the journey tomorrow.

The map says tomorrow may be a relatively easy day with much of the road losing altitude. Of course, the map also says that the day after tomorrow we will pay for this with a huge pass to climb and the road pointing north for nearly the entire day.

Welcome to the state of Idaho.

the welcome sign at the top of lolo pass

the welcome sign at the top of lolo pass

getting ready to ride also

getting ready to ride also

bobby the photographic artist

bobby the photographic artist

ruffy catching a power nap after a long hot day

ruffy catching a power nap after a long hot day

Day Sixty Three Bobby’s Blog

Tuesday July 2, 2013, 45 miles (72 km) – Total so far: 3,373 miles (5,428 km)

Alright we got a little extra sleep in this am cause the breakfast at the motel didn’t open till 6:30 so we hung around for that.Then as usual we began a very pretty ride west on 12 toward Lolo Hot Springs and breakfast again.Had some great pancakes at the Lolo Hot Springs Bar and hung out for awhile to let things settle before we began the climb up to Lolo Pass. It was around a four mile climb ranging between 4 and 6%. Nice little info center and gift shop at the top which included air conditioning and free coffee.

We are now in Idaho and our ninth state.

We then began a very beautiful downhill to the Lochsa Lodge where we are camped behind the store and for 5 bucks got a clean towel and a shower. Life is good and so simple when on tour. We spend about 80% of our day pedaling and the rest looking for food and shelter. And a laundry.

Met Tom and Mike behind the store when we went to set up our tents. They are also from England. An event that excited Ruffy. He’s been kinda hankerin to be around his own kind for a change. When it’s just me and Ruff I can pretty much figure out what he is saying most of the time but when the three of them got to talking forget it. It sure has been fun though.