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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