Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Bicycle Tour 2021

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2021
 
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  • Come visit one of the newest and most talked-about bicycling destinations in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • We will take two days to traverse the entire Trail of the Coeur d'Alene bike path one of the most beautiful bike paths with open views from a former railroad trailbed
  • For all the bicycling bridge fans, we will cross over the 3100 foot long Chatcolet Bicycle Bridge
  • On Sunday night we will eat together at the oldest restaurant in Idaho, the Snake Pit, established in 1880.
  • On every ride we will be on paved dedicated bike paths to enjoy mountain, stream, river and lake scenery
  • In addition we ride in and around the Sandpoint and Dover communities both unique little cities that must be experienced to enjoy
  • Of course, we stay adjacent to a the Centennial Trail bike path in Coeur d'Alene, so we have easy access by bicycle to downtown
  • In addition to the natural beauty of the area, you may just spot on a bike or in the various shops the rich and famous or a well known celebrity; as the TV show TMZ states, "Celebrities can’t seem to stay away from Coeur d'Alene"
  • Unpack only one time! We stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour.
Day 1, Saturday; September 18, 2021
 
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Welcome Dinner
 
Start your bicycling vacation in the wonderful city of Coeur d'Alene. The town is locally known as the "Lake City" and locally abbreviated as CDA. It was once-upon-a-time the 1870s outpost for Fort Sherman. It is now a thriving little town with awesome shops, antique stores, funky retailers and art galleries; as well as casual and unique restaurants. Although Coeur d'Alene is most prominently known as an active and outdoor community, the area is also nicknamed by some as New North Hollywood due to its abundance of celebrities frequenting the town and the area shops. Check into the hotel to get your fun week started. Later join the group at 4:30pm for the welcome meeting and dinner with friends to begin the spectacular week together.
 
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Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery
- Nation's first Restaurant & Distillery -
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
 
Dinner choices include:
  • Fish Tacos – Flash fried Pacific cod on yellow corn tortillas with red redfish and cucumber salsa.  Mexican Cotija cheese and shredded lettuce.  Topped with tomatillo and cilantro verde sauce
  • Sea Bass Gnocchi – Charbroiled barramundi over potato gnocchi, basil, garlic, cherry tomatoes and lemon zest
  • Charbroiled Trout Fillet – Fresh skin-on 10oz Hagerman trout, balsamic cream and capers served with garlic mashed potatoes and chef’s vegetable
  • Ribeye – a juicy 14 oz hand cut ribeye prepared 3 ways:
  • Madeira demi-glace, fried shallots, garlic mashed potatoes and chef’s vegetables
  • Blue cheese butter, veal demi-glace, garlic mashed potatoes and chef’s vegetables
  • Peppercorn crusted, cherry tomato jam, arugula salad, balsamic reduction and garlic mashed potatoes.
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Coeur d'Alene
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Computer & Business Center
  • HD TVs
  • Fitness Center
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub
Day 2, Sunday; September 19, 2021
 
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Trail of the Coeur d'Alene Bike Path (Mullan to Kellogg to Cataldo)
 
Leave the hotel in vans and drive to Mullan to start your first day bicycling on the paved, old-railbed that was once used by the mines to join the mining town. You will get a chance to take in the relaxing area by bicycle in a very peaceful setting with breathtaking views everywhere. In addition to the picturesque streams, rivers and lakes, you will enjoy the beauty all around you from behind your handlebars. The serenity and nature of the area is amazing and seeing the area while on your bicycle is unforgettable! Kellog and Cataldo (home to the oldest building in Idaho) are also part of the highlights of this area in the Silver Valley. Don’t forget your camera/smart phone/iPhone to capture all the amazing views.
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning.
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 36 miles, riding the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene from Mullan to Cataldo. [The paved bike path is built atop an old railbed, so it is mostly flat with a slight downhill.]
 
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Hampton Inn Coeur d'Alene
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Computer & Business Center
  • HD TVs
  • Fitness Center
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub
Dinner:
 
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Snake Pit Restaurant
- Idaho's Oldest Restaurant -
Enaville, Idaho
 
Dinner Menu:
  • Salmon Fillet Dinner – Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon, either smoked in-house with Rocky Mountain Maple wood or grilled with paprika, butter and lemon
  • Snake Pit Tacos – your choice of in-house smoked salmon, pulled pork or brisket with apple-cabbage slaw, pico and guacamole with a choice of potato side
  • 8oz Sirloin Steak or 16oz Rib Eye Steak – Delicious cooked to order
  • Butterflied Shrimp Dinner – 8 butterflied shrimp, breaded & fried. Served with horseradish cocktail sauce
  • Buffalo Burger – Lean ground bison, spicy compound butter, grilled onion, Sriachi mayo, lettuce
  • BBQ – Snake Pit's barbeque meats are smoked in-house with regional hardwoods and covered with their famous house-made BBQ sauce
Day 3, Monday; September 20, 2021
 
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Trail of the Coeur d'Alene Bike Path (Rose Lake to Harrison to Plummer with the Chatcolet Bridge)
 
Today we travel to Rose Lake, picking up the trail by bicycle in the spot we left the trail yesterday to allow us to ride on the complete Trail of Coeur d'Alene bike path from end-to-end. We continue on Trail of the Coeur d'Alene riding the rail trail which continues to follow the former Union Pacific Railroad. We join the trail just before Rose Lake, a company town for the Rose Lake Lumber Company, which is known as the Winton Lumber Company. In addition, we will ride over Lake Coeur d'Alene on the 3100 foot long Chatcolet Bridge, a former swing railroad bridge. We end our ride in Plummer, a town on the prairie near the Washington border and within the Alene Indian Reservation. If you are looking for a wonderful, peaceful and quiet ride with nature all around you, you have found the perfect ride! 
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning.
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 42 miles, riding the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene from Cataldo to Plummer, including riding over the Chatcolet Bridge. [The paved bike path is built atop an old railbed, so it is mostly flat with a slight uphill from the Chatcolet Bridge on the approach to Plummer.]
 
Dinner:
On your own
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Coeur d'Alene
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Computer & Business Center
  • HD TVs
  • Fitness Center
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub
Day 4, Tuesday; September 21, 2021
 
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Sandpoint-Dover Community and the Serenity Lee Trail
 
In Sandpoint-Dover, we start near the beach! Take an opportunity to explore the area for outdoor excitement on the beautiful biking trails. One highlight in this area is the 2 mile Long Bridge – it is a pedestrian bridge. After you have a feel for the area from your bike rides and want to enjoy a hike, this is a great place. Take many panoramic photos to capture the beautiful views of the river, lake and mountains from the pedestrian bridge! In the distance, you can view on the mountain the home of Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Idaho’s largest ski resort. After your ride enjoy lunch at any of the eclectic restaurants in Sandpoint-Dover.
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning.
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 9 miles, riding from Sandpoint City Beach Park to Dover and back; or 12 miles, riding from Sandpoint City Beach Park to Sagle and back, including riding over the 2-mile dedicated bicycling bridge; or 21 miles riding both routes. [The routes are both on paved bike paths and flat with a few rolling hills on the Sagle route]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Coeur d'Alene
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Computer & Business Center
  • HD TVs
  • Fitness Center
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub
Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 5, Wednesday; September 22, 2021
 
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Spokane River Centennial Trail and the Idaho Centennial Trail with Mirabeau Meadows Park
 
Enjoy the Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail with views of rapids and waterfalls on its journey from Spokane to the Washington/Idaho border to the rocky areas to finally ending near the hotel. Begin your ride from the hotel or from Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane. The park provides "a spark of nature in the heart of Spokane Valley" and features the Mirabeau Springs Waterfall and is adjacent to the Spokane River. The mixed-use trail passes through Ponderosa pine forests, basalt canyons, hip urban areas and cultural heritage sites. The path features unforgettable views. Well placed benches for having a rest while taking in the views and capturing many unforgettable photos. This area is amazing! The falls are beautiful and the area is memorable. It is a quiet little area to see and enjoy.
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 23 miles, riding one way from Mirabeau Meadows Park in Spokane back to the hotel; or 46 miles riding round-trip from the hotel to Mirabeau Meadows Park in Spokane. [The route is on dedicated paved bike paths and is mostly flat.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Coeur d'Alene
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Computer & Business Center
  • HD TVs
  • Fitness Center
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub
Day 6, Thursday - September 23, 2021
 
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City of Coeur d'Alene Centennial and Prairie Trails with Tubbs Hill and Higgens Point
 
Today we start from the hotel and join the trail a few hundred feet away. We will ride along the lake and through Coeur d'Alene. We will pass by Tubbs Hill consists of over 120 acres with Lake Coeur d'Alene on the west, south and east sides. This area provides spectacular scenery for all to enjoy and is adjacent to downtown. The trailhead on the west side of Tubbs Hill is located in the southwestern corner of McEuen Park. Also popular in this area is Higgins Point – it is considered a scenic gem with beautiful trees in this spectacular forest setting. You may even see a bald eagle. The top of Higgins Point is an amazing place to take in spectacular views of the lake.
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning.
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 21 miles, riding from the hotel round-trip to the end of the bike path at Higgens Point. [The route is on dedicated bike paths and bike lanes and is mostly flat with a couple hills near the end of the ride and a short climb to the view from Higgens Point.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Coeur d'Alene
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Computer & Business Center
  • HD TVs
  • Fitness Center
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub
Dinner:
 
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Tony's on the Lake
Coeur d'Alene
 
Entrée Choices:
  • Gamberonie Cappe Sante – Grille Jumbo Prawns and Scallops served over a Roasted Red Pepper Spinach and Chickpea Salad, finished with Crispy Sweet potatoes and Saffron Aioli
  • Fettuccine alla Americo – Sautéed Asparagus and Mushrooms in a Cream Sauce topped with Parmigianino; or Fettuccine alla Bolognese – Meat Sauce topped with Parmigianino
  • Salmon – Grilled Wild White Cane Salmon served with Butternut Squash Tortellacci in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce 
  • Filetto – Grilled 8oz. Top Sirloin brushed with Balsalmic Glaze, served with Gnocchi in a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce served with Seasonal Vegetables
  • Saltimbocca di Maiale alla Marsala – Thinly pounded Pork topped with Fresh Sage, Prosciutto di Parma, sautéed Mushrooms and Marsala Sauce served with Tuscan Potatoes and Vegetables
Day 7, Friday; September 24, 2021
 
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Take one last ride on your own before departing for home.
 
Breakfast provided by hotel each morning
 
 

Please note all trip information is based on previous trips and/or contracted lodging and restaurants and is subject to change based on availability or specific trip needs.
 
Riding difficulty:
  • Riders who are comfortable riding at least 10 miles per hour should have an enjoyable trip. The routes are primarily on bike paths. Please see the daily routes descriptions for additional information. Of course, if a rider is tired or does not feel like riding, the SAG vehicle will transport the rider. All riders may ride at their own pace, slow or fast or anything in-between.
Arriving by Automobile:
  • Drive to the starting hotel: Hampton Inn Coeur d'Alene, 1500 Riverstone Dr., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814; having your car at the starting hotel for the duration of the trip. Parking is free at the hotel.
Arriving by Plane:
  • Fly directly into Spokane International Airport (GEG) then rent a car or take a Lyft/UBER or taxi to the hotel. Most major airlines fly into Spokane.
Arriving by Train:
  • For a little more adventure take an AMTRAK train into Spokane with the station located downtown about 31 miles from the hotel.
Deposit:
  • $200 to reserve your spot and the remainder due 45 days before the trip start.
What is Included:
  • Hotel lodging
  • Ride packets, including maps & cue sheets (directions)
  • GPS & Google Maps Downloadable Routes
  • Fully sagged, including ride leaders, luggage transport, SAG vehicle transportation and rider assistance
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner with the group three evenings (see above)
  • Great riding, scenery, fun and enjoyment!
Bicycles:
  • Most participants bring their own bicycles
  • To ship your bike, we would suggest using shipbikes.com or bikeflight.com for shipping. To ship your bike to the hotel: Hampton Inn Coeur d'Alene, 1500 Riverstone Dr., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
  • If you fly, most major airlines including Delta, American, United and Alaska Air now waive the oversize fee for bicycles (sporting equipment) and just the standard luggage fee applies. Please contact your airline for all the details.
Weather in September in the Coeur d'Alene area:
  • Average High 74°
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Contact Information:

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Athens, GA 30605
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