Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Asotin Creek Trail

I know there hasn't been much activity on the Bike Buzz...noteworthy riding has been a little slow given the weather.  For Memorial Day weekend though, we decided to head to warmer temps down South.  We camped at Hells Gate in Lewiston as our jumping off point.

First on the list of rides was the Asotin Creek Trail.  This trail is easy to find as you turn on Asotin Creek Road, right before you enter the town of Asotin, just South of Clarkston.  For the geographically impared, that is across the Snake from Lewsiton and Hell's Gate.  This is a dandy of a trail, with some amazing views of open meadows and rock formations.  In addition, the trail follows Asotin Creek (are getting the parallels yet?).
You start with a creek crossing which I choose to wade across.  It was cool, but refreshing.  Once you're in the saddle, it is a steady climb along the creek.  The trail is not very technical or punishing.  All good for me as early season condition has been, well...too much beer and not enough riding.
After the seven miles of main trail, there are several jump off points to other trails.  I continued up the main creek trail for another couple miles and then turned around for a screaming downhill!

This was a good ride.  Most note worthy were the tan bear I ran into on the way down.  I almost went over the bars trying to stop.  He was even more scared of me, so the encounter was very brief.  I also saw some wild turkeys, a mountain goat and a massive hawk...none of which I got a pic of.  It was a good day!
If you are in the area, this is a good trail to add to your list.  I wouldn't say it is a destination trail however....maybe if you added some of the other trails in the region.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bike Swap Tomorrow

Reminder: Bike Week starts tomorrow with the Bike Swap at SWAC (on Pine, across from Traver's Park).

If you are selling items, check in is between 9-11am.  20% of the gross sales goes to the Pend Oreille Pedalers.  There will be people there to assist with pricing your item if you need.

If you just want to buy, the swap is between 1-3pm.  There is no cost to get in.  The good stuff goes early, so plan accordingly.

If you dropped off stuff to sell, you can return between 3:30-4:30 to either retrieve your items if they did not sell or pick up your money if they did.  You can also elect to have a check sent to you.

That's the timeline for the day.  Hope to see you there...I'll be the one running around franticly.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sandpoint Bike Week 2011

Looks like Summer is coming after all and so is Sandpoint Bike Week.  There are many different ways to participate.  Here is a run down:

·          Sunday, May 15: Bike Swap:  1 to 3 p.m. at Sandpoint West Athletic Club. Trade, shop, consult with mechanics, learn bike safety and much more! As with all swaps, the best deals are had early. Drop off your gear to sell that morning, 9 to 11 a.m.

·          Wednesday, May 18: Bike to School Day and Bike to Work Day: Don your helmet and ride your bike to school or work. Stop by one of four aid stations to pick up free goodies, and enter a free raffle to win great prizes, to be awarded at the Panida Theater Friday night. Grand prizes are a new wheel-set for adults and a $50 gift certificate to a local bike shop for kids. All students who ride their bikes to school will get a prize. Aid stations will be located at Mountain West Bank (Highway 2 and Division), Outdoor Experience (First Avenue), Evans Brothers Coffee (524 Church St Ste B. at the old granary along the bike path) and Sandpoint Sports (Highway 95 in Ponderay).  Aid stations are open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Bike Week T-shirts will be for sale for $10.

·         Wednesday, May 18: Ride of Silence: 6 p.m. Meet at City Beach Park.   Join other cyclists in a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The ride is part of a worldwide share-the-road campaign. Route is fewer than 10 miles. Must wear a helmet. All bikes welcome.

·         Saturday, May 21: “Ride the Divide”: Movie at the Panida Theater.  Free admission. Doors open at 6:30 and movie at 7:30 p.m.  The film follows the experiences of three bikers as they race 2,700 miles with over 200,000 feet of climbing from Banff, Canada, to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border along the Continental Divide Trail.  Dominos pizza, Laughing Dog beer and Pend d’Oreille wine available for sale. Raffle prizes to be awarded immediately following the movie (need not be present to win).

      If you have any questions, email me...I have some insider knowledge.  You can also hit up sandpointbikeweek.com  Hope to see you out there!