• We drove 12 up and over Lolo Pass in the dead of winter a couple Decembers ago in our truck. Lots of ice and snow—we were relieved to finally pull into Missoula. No surprise to hear that you saw evidence of folks who lost control.

    It is a truly beautiful stretch of road.

    July 24, 2011
  • Andreana

    Hey, Russ and Laura-
    I am a long-time reader but this is the first time I’ve dropped in to say ‘hi’. I love the website and blog, and am super envious of your trip. I rode from Seattle to San Francisco once, and have dreams of getting back on the bike to do a cross-country trip sometime. For now, I’m locked into the first few years of a tenure-track job as an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma. Some day I’ll be at a point where the trip makes sense, but until then enjoy living vicariously through you. If you ever make it to Oklahoma City, know you have showers, a bed, a nice meal, and a happy dog to host you. Until then, I’ll be checking in on the blog. Happy pedaling!
    – Andreana

    July 24, 2011
  • Hendrik

    Hi guys, seeing that – not surprisingly – all the guys you met in this post ride “real” bikes, maybe it’s time to give us an update on the virtues of the Brommies. I mean, you haven’t had to fold them for quite some time now. So what’s your current stand on the folder vs big wheels issue? Thanks – Hendrik

    July 25, 2011
  • Gary

    Hey Russ & Laura – was told about your trip by Brompton and Clever Cycles, so happy to be following you! I was with a cross-country group in 2007 that used the ACA route through Missoula, so it was fun to picture you along that ID stretch in particular. We stayed in a church in Kamiah – the church ladies baked us 15 pies (for 25 of us) and proudly told us there were 1200 people in Kamiah to match the town’s elevation! I am staring at a picture of my son and me atop Lolo Pass – it was one of the first times I realized I was no longer a match for him! Keep smilin’ – Gary R

    July 26, 2011
  • Beautiful photos! The area brings back memories for me — this New Jersey boy spent eight months in western Montana for a job in 1997-1998. Route 12 and Lolo Pass is beautiful, but when you did your route planning, did you consider traveling via the Cour d’Alene and Hiawatha trails to get over the Bitterrootsfrom Idaho into Montana? The highlight is cycling through the 1.66-mile-long St. Paul Pass tunnel!

    July 26, 2011
  • Dan

    My family were surprised by a lady moose on a trail in a city park in Winter Park, CO. She was very big and only 10 feet from us. Luckily she was calmly eating leaves and didn’t mind us. We watched her for 15 minutes or so, but didn’t have a camera to take a shot (before the age of camera phones).

    August 01, 2011
  • Yay for crisscrossing tours. We shared a cabin with those Canadians you met at the Lochsa Lodge.

    August 01, 2011
  • Julie

    My experience with bikes on major highways is the bikers will not get over to the side, they insist on riding side by side making it impossible to pass safely. Your comment that unfortunately cars and trucks are permitted is absurd. The highways are built for cars and trucks. Personally I think that bikers should not be allowed unless there is a bike lane. One vacation, we had to go 40 miles on a narrow highway during a bicycle tour of some kind. Trying to get by the bikers safely, they would not yield, standing right on the edge of the lane. Not smart and not safe.

    May 11, 2013
  • Hi there Julie,
    Bikers will take the lane to discourage safe passing by cars. That maybe what is going on. Too often, impatient drivers will try to pass too close around blind corners putting everyone at peril. The passing motorist, the bicyclists and the oncoming traffic. To dissuade this and prevent unsafe passing, a bicyclist may signal with their lane positioning (ie taking the entire lane or riding side by side) that it is unsafe to pass.

    Roads are meant to move people, regardless of mode. The first roads were advocated and paved for bicyclies (look up the Good Roads Movement). While some are probably a bit more perilous for bikes, it doesn’t mean that have no right to be there. Often, we have been on roads that were less than pleasant because there was NO OTHER OPTION. So perhaps, next time you encounter a cyclist on what appears to be a dangerous road you might consider that it is the only way to get where they are going.

    I commend you for patiently waiting bicyclists on a narrow highway. It was the right thing to do. Perhaps they could hear or see oncoming traffic that would have been dangerous to you and your family and were preventing you from unsafe passing.


    May 12, 2013

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