Pacific Northwest - Spokane to Coeur d' Lane and back Round and Round Tour de Lacs
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08-18-10, 05:49 PM
Spokane to Coeur d' Lane and back Round and Round Tour de Lacs
Has anyone done this ride before?
I never knew about it and it really looks like a lot of fun.
Any thoughts or opinions would be great.
08-19-10, 02:00 PM
I've done it a couple of time on a tandem. You need to book a motel in Spokane for the Friday and in CdL for Saturday. On Saturday morning, you drop off your luggage at the start and they transport it to your hotel in CdL, and then pick it up again (from the hotel!) on Sunday morning, after you've checked out and left to continue the ride.
The food is really good, some of the best food I've had on an organized ride. They even have hot pizza at one of the stops on Sunday.
When I've done it on the tandem, we usually take the long route to Harrison, then take the cruise option into CdL, so we can relax and have a beer on the boat before the pasta dinner in CdL. If you're really ambitious and want to save a few bucks, you can forego the ferry and just do a longer ride alongside the lake. You'll probably arrive in CdL before the ferry. There are lots of route options, so you can pretty well tailor the ride to your own specs/abilities, or challenge yourself.
The organizers are really good, very experienced. Gino used to put on races around Spokane back in my racing days, and Wendy is very customer-focused. They cruise the course to make sure everybody's having a great time. I highly recommend this ride.
08-19-10, 02:34 PM
I'll preface with I haven't done this particular ride, but i've ridden many parts of the ride and know others who have done the different routes. The centennial trail is pretty flat with only a few "bumps" along the way. The Newman/Hauser lake ride is nice, with Hauser Lake being pretty flat, but Newman lake is a series of hills one right after the other for about 12 miles. If you are looking at one of the other routes and have questions I'll check back or send me a PM.
Overall, I think it covers some great scenery.
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