Ride to the sun, and the heat
Trip Start Aug 04, 2008
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The day before I had noticed that my front tire was wearing out, so I decided to head to Spokane to find a new one to match the rear
As I headed south through Idaho, from the low 50's that morning it suddenly got hot as a mo... well, really hot. The climate got arid, and the traffic turned to logging trucks, which punch a hole in the air that you wouldn't believe - better to give them a wide berth.
It seemed to me that Montana folks were very agreeable - self-deprecating, a bit quirky, but above all a good sense of humor and cheerful outlook. Wyoming folks I met seemed kind, but more serious and a bit austere. Idaho seemed more conventionally Republican, in a way that didn't resonate with me.
In a broader sense, everything got a little more conventional west of Glacier (whichalso happens to be on the continental divide). The vast stretches of emptiness became back roads. The islands of civilization became one town after another. For a while I passed trucks when I could (in designated zones of course), but eventually I realized it was no use. That said, Idaho has some pleasant lakeside towns, including Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene.
Spokane is a small city, but part of a broader swath of development. I got a great room in a cheap motel near downtown, took a long shower, grabbed a burger and crashed.