Idaho….More then just spuds!

If you’ve never been to Coeur d’Alene in August you should. This place is stunning. We had a work conference to attend, but this did have the perk of a very nice hotel room and time to spend with old friends. Silverwood’s Amusement park in Athol (don’t say that too fast) is a great way to spend a hot summer day.

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Welcome to Idaho

Dan log flume

Needing to have our new sprockets and chains mounted we can’t say enough about the service we had from the Honda dealership in Coeur d’Alene. Thanks Randy (ex BMW master) for your help!


It was enough of luxuries and was now time for some back roads and gravel on our way to Moscow! The winding highway 12 follows the raging rivers and takes you thru Lewiston then east to Kamiah. The Old Spiral Highway outside of Lewiston is like driving down a corkscrew. We then followed the river south thru Grangeville to the rafting Mecca of Riggins. Our cooling gel neck wraps and a swim in the river to beat the 36-degree heat were a must.

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sara's gas station lunch

gravel plus

Old spiral highway lewiston ID


free beer in Riggens ID

Breakfast of Champions


45 th

Once again heading south from here we started to see the smoke of the many fires burning in the state. Several roads were closed, but luckily none on our route. There were active fires in Boise National Forrest, but fortunately highway 21 had opened to get us to Stanley and Red Fish Lake. We did get to see the famous Sawtooth mountains, but thru a smoky haze. The high here was 32 and a chilly night time low of 2.

Sawtooth Mountains at dusk

Beer for marcin

Sawtooth Mountains

sunrise in Arco thru the smoke

We were heading south-east to Arco and the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Following the Peaks to Craters Scenic byway we arrived in Salmon. Thanks Joe for the tip on Syringa lodge! FYI the Junkyard Bistro there is awesome. No more messing about…. Off to Montana and the Gravelly Range Road!

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Ontop of the Inferno cone

North Crater rim

view of the spatter cones


Indian Tunnel

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6 Responses to Idaho….More then just spuds!

  1. Sasha and Sahiba says:

    It was great seeing you in Idaho. Enjoy your trip. We miss you.

  2. Joe says:

    Your pictures are Great, Idaho is just a fabulous place to ride. You seem to be having way too much fun. Enjoy

  3. Tony & Julie says:

    Great to hear from you & see you look healthy & happy. Thanks for keeping us posted!

  4. Mary S. says:

    Looks like great fun! Certainly enjoyed seeing you. You’re going through some of my favorite places. I’m now heading off to the Great Bear for a little kayaking. Enjoying your website.

  5. Marshall Gardner says:

    Daniel and Sarah this is Marshall. I enjoyed my visit with you that night at Gros Ventre campground in the Tetons. I got your email Sarah and I am hoping that you are enjoying your visit to the Badlands. Have a wonderful journey.
    I arrive home and Phoenix on Wednesday. I had a good ride home nice being with my wife. I am looking forward to following you on your journey around the world. Keep safe
    Marshall Gardner

  6. Marshall Gardner says:

    I haven’t figured out how to get my pict. onto this reply for you. Help

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