Beautiful Ride Down The Lochsa River – Day 65

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Day 65 Powell, ID To Grangeville, ID
July 27, 2016
114.8 Miles for the day
3,549.4 Total miles for trip
8:53 Ride Time

In the morning I was ready for breakfast at 7am and no one was around in the lodge. I forgot the time zones changed once I crossed into Idaho. I wrote some blog posts on my phone while I waited. All the bikers were gone when I was done with my breakfast. Those dudes don’t waste any time. I bet none of them have been on the road for longer then a week.


The plan today was to ride the 100 mile downhill with the Lochsa River.  There are no services for 66 miles after I leave the Powell lodge. I want to get today’s ride done in one day. I do not want to camp on the Lochsa River tonight. Sure, its beautiful here. But I just want to get this Lochsa ride done in one day. The plan is to stay in Kooskia or the next town Stites. They both have free camping for cyclists.

Photo Jul 27, 9 06 55 AM

The ride down the hill was really beautiful and nice. The Lochsa is definitely one of the nicest parts of this trail. I love this road.


66 Miles later I stopped for food at Lowell. I was making great time for the day.


Here is a picture of me from 2005 when I rode through here.

After 70 miles of riding down the Lochsa, I started to get bored and wanted to get out of the gorge. It was starting to get really hot. It hasn’t been this hot for a long time on this bike trip. It’s about to get REALLY HOT, once I get into the Hells Canyon area. I stopped along a few places on the Lochsa looking for a good spot to go for a swim, but I couldn’t find a good spot.


When I got to Kooskia, I got a bad vibe from the town. It didn’t seem like a place I wanted to camp, at least by  myself. It was getting hot and I knew there was a big climb ahead if I rode onto Grangeville, the next town.


Trying not to fall of the top of the hill while I take this picture.

The 30 miles into Grangeville was a little bit crazy. It was the steepest hills I have climbed in weeks and it was huge. It went on and on. No other climb recently has thrown down the way the climb into Grangeville did. I kinda liked it.


At the top of the hill was a burned out abandoned warehouse. I walked around inside for a little while and then pushed on.


The sun went down on me when I was about 8 miles outside of Grangeville. I was out in the wheat fields riding. Not a big deal. I kinda like riding in the dark. I have lights and there is always a lot less traffic.


I found the park in Grangeville. I camped here in 2005 and got destroyed by sprinklers in the middle of the night. I met Sonia, a local who showed me the spot where all the cyclists camp in the park. I told her all about my trip and she was super excited to hear I just rode here from Virginia. There was a softball game wrapping up and I slept on top of the picnic table.

I cant believe I logged 114 for the day. That’s pretty incredible. The hill after Stites was brutal. I’m really proud of myself.

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About the author

Michael Riscica

Hey, I’m Michael Riscica and I live in Portland, Oregon with my Labrador Retriever. When I’m off the bike, I make my living as a Licensed Architect and also write a architecture blog at

I took my first bike tour in 2003 when I rode from Boston to New York City, and at that time I learned about cycling across America. My life was forever changed. I have successfully ridden and blogged about Coast2Coast bike rides during the summers of 2005, 2007and now 2016.

Thanks for following along. I would love to connect with you on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Linked In! Also check out my new project Young Architect Gear, designing architecturally themed gifts and products.

Clay Bedford - August 9, 2016

Hi Mike! I just now discovered your blog. I’m going to go back and eventually read it all. Your 2005 Trans Am was a great inspiration for my 09 trip.
I think it’s great that you are doing it again. Godspeed my friend! Wishing you the best.
Clay Bedford

    Michael Riscica - August 9, 2016

    Thanks Clay.
    I hit the coast 3 days ago. I’m in the process of finishing the blog posts now.

Jonathan Dunnett - August 12, 2016

Hey, Michael – you’ve made a lot of progress since last time I checked in on you. Great photos and stories!

    Michael Riscica - August 12, 2016

    Thanks Jonathan!!!

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