Day 6: Sandpoint, ID - Libby, MT
Distance: 95 miles
Vertical: 2,192 feet
Biking Time: 5:30
Being a Washington kid, I am strongly inclined to say that Washington is the most beautiful state in the Northwest. Montana is definitely giving it a run for it's money though. Even the fractional amount of time that we spent in the panhandle of Idaho had some amazing sights that tested my loyalty to my home state.
Although it may seem like we're just going on a sight-seeing tour of the country, I would struggle to call this a vacation. Sure we're not working jobs and bringing home the dough, but sitting on a bike seat for 5-8 hours a day, pushing our already gloriously large leg muscles to the limit, rolling out our legs with excruciating pain every other hour and applying unreal amounts of lotions and ointments to your body is not exactly what I would call relaxing. Not to mention the fact that I am essentially reliving my summer two years ago as a camp counselor, except instead of preventing 2nd graders from peeing in each others water bottles I'm constantly picking up after and corralling two full grown "adults".
Luckily today was not quite as strenuous as the others have been. After departing from Sandpoint we went around the North end of Lake Pend Oreille taking in the breathtaking views of the massive body of water that should be considered a small ocean. We quickly crossed into Montana taking down over 30 miles of road in less than an hour and a half. I felt so fierce I had to strike a pose at the welcome to Montana sign, I literally couldn't help it.
As I said earlier, the views in Montana and Idaho were spectacular. Not only were we surrounded by gorgeous, snow-capped mountains but we didn't have to pass over a single one! Besides a few small hills we hardly had any climbing to do. The most difficult part was keeping our eyes on the road with all of the breathtaking views around us. I was able to focus enough to make the two turns necessary over the 95 mile route, but Nigel had a little more difficulty and added 5 miles to his journey by missing both turns. I wasn't kidding about the corralling part (and you thought I was directionally challenged, Mom).
This trip continues to be a test of my endurance, mental stability and patience, but I would be lying if I said that I wasn't enjoying every second of it.
On another note we are currently raising $0.20 every mile we bike. Biking for hours on end is exhausting and mind-numbing but knowing that every pedal is another couple of cents raised to helping others is a great motivation booster. So keep those pledges coming in and give me some calculations to run in my head while I ride!
P.S. Huge thank you to Amy and Gary Lammert for accommodating and feeding us last night. I got the best nights sleep that I've had since we left which was a huge energy booster for today. You guys are amazing! We also got to hot tub which was sweet, we had to ice our legs after in the lake though to make sure they were ready for tomorrow, which wasn't as sweet.