|Room with a view - Sandpoint, Idaho.|
|Day 5 was a day of great motorcycle roads. The legendary #56 was fun - but look out for goats...moose...Click to Enlarge|
Shortly after leaving Hotsprings, the scenery started to change back to dry pine forest and hills. It was very picturesque, although it was evident there had been a fire here in the not too distant past. The road began to wind up and over the hills, following what must have been the path of least resistance when wagon trains came through here. This made for epic riding which was to continue until Bonners Ferry. Joining the #200, heading northwest towards Thompson Falls, the scenery continues to green up and is considered a scenic by-way, throwing vistas and corners together as one.
|Thompson Falls is a little town with all the amenities a 'cycler could need. Great views too...|
By the time we reached Noxon, just prior to turning off onto the much awaited #56 and heading north, it was scorching. Over 100F we pulled into a deserted lay-by - the Americans do such a good job of these - and took a rest.
|Nixon in Noxon. Another stop on the Clark Fork River, another watergate.|
Turning right onto the #56 from just after Noxon and riding to Troy was amazing. It was another...yes another... perfectly tarmacked, very lightly travelled (as in 2 cars and a truck) perfect ribbon of windy tarmack. Elevation, curves and scenery. Wildlife too. We had be warned about moose (much of the north eastern side of the highway in spots was perfect marsh woods for them), but not about mountain goats.
|They're only skittish if you stop, apparently Darwin's theory has left us with only road-safe goats...|
|In Bonners Ferry for a Beer and Bite.|
|Pend Orielle Lake (1150 feet deep!). There was a nice collection of racing sailing hardware moored here. Not bad for a lake. A lake where the US Navy tests subs, weapons and sonar...I kid you not.|
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