Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Rural Western Wisconsin
Bikes: 9 vintage touring machines and a 1975 Motobecane Le Champion
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Help me with a route decision for an Idaho panhandle tour
I've done some research for my planned loop route connecting some of the Idaho rail trails but am looking for someone with personal experience on the route from the end of the Hiawatha trail to Avery ID.
It looks like there are two route options and Iím wondering which is best suited for loaded road touring bikes with 1 ľ or 35mm wide tires. Iím looking for as solid a surface as possible with minimal rocks/boulders. Sand and loose material or dodging rocks would not be fun on these bikes!
Option one is staying on the Milwaukee Rd rail trail aka NF-456 aka Moon Pass Rd at the end of the Hiawatha and the other is crossing the St Joe river and going down the west side on 300A aka NF-1997 aka N Fork St Joe River Rd until the two routes intersect and flip flop the sides of the river near the Telichpah campground. Iím assuming after the intersection that NF-456 aka Moon Pass is the best option but please let me know if continuing on the east side of the river on 300A is a viable option.
Thanks in advance if you can give me some personal insight on either route.
I posted this on the Touring forum too but I though I might have better luck here.
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride - JFK