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Thread: The Route of the Hiawatha

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    The Route of the Hiawatha

    For some months I've been mentioning that Jan and I were planning on riding a bike trail in north Idaho called the Route of the Hiawatha. It is a "Rail-to-Trail" project that has converted 15 miles of railroad right of way to bike trail. This idea is not unique, but the scenery is!

    The trail goes through 10 tunnels and over 7 high trestles. The longest tunnel is 1.7 miles long. It is dark, damp, and quite cool. It was a very interesting experience to pedal for 7 or 8 minutes in total darkness with only the headlamp on the bike to guide you. The highest trestle is 230' high and 850' long. Breathtaking views await around every corner.

    It is literally all downhill (dropping 1,000' in the 15 miles) and you can actually coast for about 70% of the ride - though many choose to start at the bottom, bike to the top and then coast back home. This has been on my bucket list for some time and I'm very happy we got the chance to ride the trail. If you're in the area, please take a day to enjoy this unique ride.

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    Last edited by Rennie Heuer; 07-15-2011 at 01:59 PM.
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    That is quite the place Rennie, I would love to do that some day, could not that the LOML though as she does not like tunnels or heights Looks like you and Jan are having a great trip thus far

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    Looks like some beautiful scenery Rennie, would be fun to try that trail some day.
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    Looks like a great experience. Although, you would have to blindfold, sedate, then drag me across that bridge
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    Nice photos Rennie. The scenery in north Idaho is gorgeous.
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    WOW That looks like a fun trip would love to do that someday. Thanks for posting it Rennie
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    Just added that to my bucket list. I'm not that far away and looks like a great RV trip. Thanks for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    Just added that to my bucket list. I'm not that far away and looks like a great RV trip. Thanks for posting.
    Good for you! You will enjoy it, I promise. Just make sure you have REALLY good lights on your bike!
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    Rennie that looks fantastic. What a creative solution to an old train right of way. Thanks for posting and sharing.

    BTW you look really really happy. Looks like you got a winner there and the cooking looks good.

    So nice to see that smile on your face Jan looks to be having great fun. What a tremendous memory for the two of you.
    cheers

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    Definitely an adventure for you younger folks.
    Looks very exciting.
    Just bikes? Or do they allow ATVs also?
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