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On this 6th stage of the tour following the journey of Lewis and Clark, leave the Rocky Mountains and the Lochsa River behind. Pedal rolling hills and wheat fields. Follow the twists and turns of the Snake River as you bicycle in the path of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and the Corps of Discovery - first into Idaho and then the edge of Washington State's Walla Walla wine region. The end of Lewis and Clark's epic journey - and yours - is finally in view!
Missoula to Lochsa Lodge on the West side of Lolo pass. 55 miles.
Head south out of Missoula. Turn west to climb Lolo Pass. This long mountain pass road is packed with twists and turns as you climb and descend to Lolo Creek on the way up - and again to the Lochsa River on the way down.
Lochsa Lodge to Reflections Inn. 77 Miles
Leave the Rocky Mountain Range and the Lochsa behind. Follow the river as it twists and turns through the canyon as you cruise downhill. Stay tonight at the Reflections Inn, a secluded retreat set on ten wooded acres on North Central Idaho's Clearwater River in the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains.
Reflections Inn to Lewiston. 82 Miles
Though you've left the Rockies behind, today's 82 miles will prove the most challenging if you choose to ride them all. Climb above Kamiah to ride through Nez Perce. Pedal a smooth road curving around recently harvested wheat fields. Cruise a long descent into a pair of towns named Lewiston and Clarkston, divided by the Snake River.
Lewiston to Boyer Marina. 55 Miles
Leave Lewiston and Clarkston. Ride beside the Snake River in a canyon hemmed in by grass-covered walls towering 2,000 feet above the river floor. Eventually the canyon becomes too narrow to allow for a road bed and the road climbs away from the river up to the wheat fields. Ride a roller coaster of roads until the way turns back downhill again to the river.
Boyer Marina to Walla Walla. 87 Miles
Cross the Lower Granite Dam as you depart the Boyer Marina this morning. Peer into a lock designed to shuttle loads of wheat down to the Columbia River and out to port. Surprising, beautiful (but out-of-place) sand dunes line the shores as you leave the Snake River behind. Climb back onto the roller coaster to roll up and descend the beautiful roads through the Palouse region. Finish in Walla Walla, home of Washington’s best wines.
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.