Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Paving Our Way

It would seem that cycling on a paved trail versus an undeveloped trail would call for loading the bike in a different fashion.  The bright idea occured to me that the space underneath my handlebar bag was wasted space so why not sling something beneath the bag?  Last night we'd had a campfire and the wood came in a mesh bag and with a small amount of work, I was able to convert the bag into a carrier for my Thermarest mattress.
Very clever - no?
On the Trail of the Couer D'Alenes, bike is king and it was with great pleasure to see just how sophisticated a "Rail to Trail"  could be.  Every five miles there is a rest stop with toilets and a specially designed picnic table that allows for bikes to be leaned against.
A typical rest stop

Being a paved trail means that as you cycle, you will come across all types of cycling enthusiasts like the "Kid" in my previous blog or a couple we passed that were having fun pedalling a bike made for two!

Since the Trail of the Couer D'Alenes is well developed, it can mean that all types of conveniences are available to the cyclist.  We saw a short branch of the trail that led to a Walmart and for coffee lovers, there was even a cycle-through coffee stand!

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