After enjoying a relaxing day off the bikes yesterday in Pullman (GO COUGS), we hit the trail again today east bound.
This area is blessed with a fabulous collection of connecting paved bike trails and we took full advantage of them today. Following the Bill Chipman trail out of Pullman east 11 miles to Moscow and then connecting to the Paradise trail through the Univ of Idaho campus we then got on the Latah Trail on to Troy.
The Latah trail winds through the rustic and beautiful Palouse farmland where no matter which direction you look the landscape is golden wheat fields and green lentil fields as far as the eye can see. This time of year it’s breathtaking.
But suddenly the terrain changes as the trail begins a gradual climb into pine and evergreen forested hills. The pine scent permeates the hot still air.
Troy(Pop 862) is a tiny logging town with not much going on except the “Filling Station”, a local espresso, bakery and sandwich shop in an old roadside gas station. Lunch was great and worth a stop if you are ever in Troy.
We turned around in Troy and headed back to Moscow where we checked into a very nice Best Western. Our 46 miles today brings us to 264 miles so far.
Tomorrow is an easy ride back to Pullman and the Wesson Bunkhouse. We will have a leisurely day as we physically and mentally prepare for our final day on Friday, 75 miles back to Spokane.