1,500 Elevation Gain
Moral – Missed Opportunity
The weather was unkind with low clouds and plenty of rain. I am sure that when the sun shines Lake Pend Oreille is spectacular but not for me. At about mile 26 in Grand Forks I had a Gatorade, hoping the sun would break through but to no avail…..As I sat at the table drinking the gatorade 4 guys come fully dressed in cameo, guns at the hip, getting bear licenses. I told them that my friend Bryan got one last year up in Maine. Gene, the leader, said he wasn’t interested in bear meat because the taste and the bacteria they can carry. Somehow we got talking about my trike and why I ride a recumbent trike.
I told him the story that for the better part of 1994-2001 I was suffering four times a year with chronic prostatitis (UTD’s) and that all the doctors masked the problem with CIPRO or some form of penicillin. After all those years of suffering I went to see urologist whose first question was what form of exercise do you do. Well...I bike everyday. Immediately he said, "That’s it get off the bike!!!!" I talked to some friends and just about everyone said get a recumbent - which I did! Ever since I got onto a recumbent I have never had another episode. Apparently Gene has a similar condition and should check into a trike.
Got back onto the trike and was told that Amber Bear Inn was down the road about 12 miles and that about 3 miles before their driveway the road is packed dirt & gravel. Needless to say with all the rain I was hoping for more gravel than dirt. MORE DIRT! When I turned down Amber’s drive the mud was thick and challenging. Probably about a mile off the road and way out of sight. As soon I got off the trike I noticed mud everywhere - derialier, panniers, seat, etc. Everywhere.
The second thing were peacocks strolling around. Up on the deck in front of the place was Mike - co-owner - and a guest enjoying a drink on their beautiful porch….I asked Mike if there was a place to wash my trike and he said underneath. My next question was more of a favor..."Tomorrow morning could he drive me out to the road so I wouldn’t get that mess back…?" Thankfully he agreed.
I stayed in a bungalow about 50 yards off the main building. The main building has four slot machines, a little bingo room, full service bar, and restaurant. The entire business seems to be run by Mike and Cookie - his wife. Lovely people. Wish I had more time to learn their story! Obviously they are hustling as this is an oasis in the middle of nowhere, They are in a spot where they could charge far higher prices they are actually cheap! the food was delicious. Mike and Cookie bought the property in 9, retirement from tech, and built the place about 2003. The main clientele were parents of students who been sent to these private, very exclusive schools as a choice of either this or jail. Who knew that these even existed and apparently in numbers I never knew?!
Anyway, this clientele base was not desirable as they just had a very negative attitude. The schools have closed recently - some financial mismanagement and other reasons. One of these schools had 1:1 staff to student ratio.
With a full tummy and beat I went to my bungalow to get rest. On the way back this one peacock was strutting his stuff….had no idea they spread about 15 feet in diameter…..
After the peacock, there was Shelby in the pasture who walked over for a nice head rub.
In the evening the elk return and visit the pond
And then apparently every evening the elk return and visit their pond
Everybody walks through the property - bear, coyotes, elk, lions, and many hummingbirds.