Tuesday, July 16, 2013

2013 July 15 to Missoula, MT

On the road about 10:30 am.  We continue following the Clearwater River and go through the Clearwater National Forest.  IMG_5763

Then we come to the Selway Wild and Scenic River…and it is that.  Many miles of absolute nothing but absolutely clear river, green fir trees and blue sky with white clouds.  Only one small community. Then in no time, we’re following the Lochsa River around lots of twists and bends and begin gradual climbing.   We skirt the Selway-Bitterroot Wildlife area.  After a lunch stop along the river, we begin the ascent to Lolo Pass – up from 2720’ to 5225’.

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We have seen hundreds of motorcycles on this isolated stretch of US 12 in Idaho, and more are in the visitor’s center parking lot in ID with the Montana border in sight. 


After a gradual descent we pass Lolo Hot Springs tourist area and lush meadows east of there.


We see Lolo peak (9096’) and follow Lolo Creek which is clear brown from lots of tannin in the water. 


Shortly, we leave US 12 and travel Hwy 93 north 7 miles to Missoula.  Seems so strange to be in this town without the kids being here!  Tomorrow we get the back door of the RV reinforced at Bitterroot Welding in town.  The hinges which allow the door to drop down in order to load the bikes are breaking into the fiberglass.  

Well, this ends the 2012-13 Adventure blog.  Hope you have enjoyed the journey as much as we have.  It’s been a dream trip come true.  Hugs and loves to all our family and friends.


  1. Hi! You have a really great site! I'm glad to have stumbled upon it! I was wondering if you feature guest postings. Thanks and have a great day!

  2. Thank you for posting your adventures. I have enjoyed reading about you and Jerry's trip, and enjoyed still more living vicariously through you! Looking forward to reading next years' adventures! I love and miss you both and always know that there is a spare bed/bath and driveway with hook up for you two whenever you are out this way!