And we did. Just before eight we were on the road to Lewiston Idaho. A perfect morning to be out on the bike and we were amazed at the size of the wheat farms! Morning tea was in Pomeroy WA where in reply to the (ridiculously) hopeful question "do you have cappuchino" came the answer: "we have coffee".
A short while after this we were cruising down a hill when a car coming in the opposite direction produced a set of flashing red and blue lights and did a U turn to come after me. It was Mr Plod. Oops. I was doing 70mph when the State limit is 60. He was very terse to start with but eased up a bit when he saw he had a foreigner on his hands. He explained miles per hour to me and sent us on our way. Thank goodness Idaho was a short distance away, as there I was/am still unknown to the constabulary.
Downtown Lewiston is very pretty, almost European, but we only stopped to feed the GPS with instructions to take us to Missoula. Route 12 is absolutely beautiful. It follows the Clearwater River through the heavily forested mountains which are well populated with deer, bears, wolves etc Liz saw a deer but I was focused on the terrific curves. There was a sign which said "Winding Road 56 Miles" and I could not get the smile off my face! This route, based on the original Lewis and Clark exploration trail, was recommended to me by Lodewyk, to whom I was introduced JUST before we left by Charles R in Brisbane. Dankie julle al twee.
So through the Lolo pass to Missoula. It was a long day: 502 kms/312 miles, nine hours door to door. Our legs are stiff our bums are sore and we are tired!