On our way back from Idaho, we drove a portion of the TransAM and Old West Scenic Bikeway to check up on some business owners we know along the route to see how their season was going. One of the biggest surprises was Mitchell, OR. When we pedaled through five years ago, we were enamored with old buildings and general quirkiness of the town, but we did wish it had a few more services. On this visit, we were thrilled to see that some locals had started renovating some of the buildings and that a new local brewery and food cart had opened! Check out the video below and learn a little town history and the plans for Tiger Town Brewing.
We also got a chance to get a tour of Spoke’n Hostel from Pat. The Spoke’n Hostel is the latest incarnation of a trend we’ve seen of small communities along popular bicycle routes creating lodging for cyclists to help generate an overnight stay. Pat and his wife added lots of awesome little touches to the hostel like privacy curtains around the beds, charging stations for devices and little welcome placards for cyclists who booked a bed. They did an awesome job and it might be one of the best examples of a bicycle hostel we’ve seen in the US! Check out the vid below to get a tour.
We first got tipped off about the Harriman trail from a friend in Portland who was going on a road trip through Idaho. He suggested we check it out. After a little research it looked tempting so we made the trek out there. While there was decent information about the trail online, nothing really gave us the sense of how fun it was to ride and fish along. It parallels the Wood River for a lot of the trail, and river access is pretty good (almost all public access…though some spots require bushwacking). Here is a video of our thoughts on the trail.
In this video we interview Rick Shaffer, the “prime minister” of Wallace, Idaho. The region, known as the Silver Valley, was heavily reliant on mining. In the last two decades, they have had to refocus from extractive industries to tourism. Rick tells us about what the Coeur d’Alene and Route of the Hiawatha Trail have done for the region.
5 years ago we stumbled dusty, hot and tired into Bike Camp in Twin Bridges, Montana. We had been hearing about this mythical place during our travels. As luck would have it, we ran into Bill White, the man behind Bike Camp and were able to get an interview with him. Although we only talked for a few hours, it left such a profound impression on us and really shaped our path into advocating for rural bike tourism.
This week, we retraced our steps. Bill died a few years ago, but his legacy remains. In this vid, we give a little tour of Twin Bridges and of Bike Camp as well as talk about what it meant to us.
Our first time meeting with Bill White in 2011.