Another 400 mile motorcycle day, and the forecast looked for HOT HOT HOT, so I got out early.. and promptly froze coming up the Lewis & Clark scenic byway out of Salmon.
The first 50 miles were more awesome canyon carving up to the pass to get into Montana.
Unfortunately as soon as I crossed the pass, I was engulfed in hazy smoke. Apparently all of Montana is on fire. The haze pretty much held on until I got into Washington.
Since I was pretty early and gained an hour crossing time zones, I stopped in Coeur d’alene and had breakfast.
Another 50 miles of awful interstate and buffeting winds took me down into Spokane, where it got hotter.. and hotter.. and hotter.. up to 97F.
I had some dreams of getting in early enough to ride Mt Spokane on the same day, but the weather report convinced me otherwise.
Even better: My hotel has no water at the moment, because the city is doing some maintenance. Maybe I need to stay at classier hotels.
Tomorrow up early to beat the heat, there’s no convenient staging area, so I’ll be doing an extra hour each way of valley riding to get to the climb.