I couldn’t find a cafe so started my day with a can of cold raviolis and a banana from a little store…It was 52 F and partly cloudy when I left Ione. I had a relaxing day pedalling through beautiful landscapes and no mountains! My route was going South along the East side of the Pend Orielle River. About a mile out of Ione I came upon a big flock of wild turkeys in a field. It looked to me like the hens were teaching the chicks how to forage- a hen would freeze with her head down and then a chick would run over and eat something off the ground. I saw two more flocks along the ride and I enjoyed watching them. Then about 5 miles further along, a deer darn near ran into me and I almost crashed trying to avoid her. I have had three near misses now- I think I confuse them because I am going so much slower than the cars and motorcycles. The road I was on had little traffic- 5 cars passed me in the first 25 miles. I pedalled through the Kalispel indian reservation and had a marginal lunch in a decrepit cafe. I rolled into Newport around 2:00, checked into the hotel, did laundry at a laundromat then had a margarita (ok, two) and dinner at the best mexican food restaurant in Newport. Daily mileage 57, total miles: 461. Tomorrow I will pedal into Idaho, my second state!
Ione is in a beautiful setting on the wide Pend Oreille river:
The deer that almost hit me: