Day 18: Woodhead Park, Idaho, to Cambridge, Idaho

Only 26.39  miles (42.5 km) today, for a grand total of 639 miles (1028 km).

There was one serious climb over Brownlee Pass, 4131 feet (1259 m). Actual climbing from the campground was something like 2400 feet (732 m). The first 2/3 of the climb wasn’t too bad. I had stopped for breakfast at the cafe/general store two miles from the camp. I had pancakes that were way bigger than I could finish. Fueled with a big breakfast and extra Gatorade, I was off around 09:00 am.

As the altitude and temperatures started to climb, I started to look for shady places to take breaks and have a drink. The drill is pretty simple, look ahead for shade, pull over and rest the bike against something secure, take out the liquids, check the shady area for rattlesnakes and then sit and cool for a while.

I spotted a cattle loading dock right next to the road. They locate them there so the truck doesn’t have to get too far from the pavement. I decided to pull over and take a break and then changed my mind. It wasn’t rattlesnakes:

Dogs that beat me to the shady spot. One is under the ramp.
Dogs that beat me to the shady spot. One is under the ramp.

The dogs just gave me a sideways glance and I suspect I could have taken up space next to the brown one and he wouldn’t have cared, it was too hot. They didn’t even bark. I wasn’t about to tempt fate, I moved along.

Up the road, I eventually found a cement wall the Forest Service had built and took shelter there. You can see by my face that it is hot out.


Eventually, I did summit and had a mostly downhill ride to Cambridge, ID, and air conditioning.


It always feels so good to see that elevation sign, this means it is time for some well deserved downhill.

Author: Dennis Blanchard

Dennis Blanchard was born in Bristol, Connecticut. He and his wife Jane moved to New Hampshire in 1980 where he has climbed thirty 4000-foot mountains, biked the trails and enjoyed the wilderness. Never living very far from the Appalachian Trail, Dennis was always aware of the seductive siren’s call to hike it. Dennis is an electronics engineer who has freelanced for amateur radio, technical and motorcycle adventure magazines. He now lives in Sarasota, Florida.

3 thoughts on “Day 18: Woodhead Park, Idaho, to Cambridge, Idaho”

  1. I just found your blog on Twitter, and will be following your trip with great interest, because I’m about your age, love to ride my bike in Colorado where we live, am also a ham (KOGUZ), have a KX3 and a Chromebook. I’ll be interested in learning just how you got PSK-31 to work on the Chromebook, and hope to be able to work you on PSK-31 or CW as you travel.

    1. Hi Steve: I’m no genius when it comes to such things, but it turned out to be fairly easy to install Linux on the Chromebook. Do some sniffing around for “Linux Crouton Chromebook” and all sorts of things pop up. One site that keeps things simple is Howtogeek, start there. The whole thing actually has Google’s blessing, one of their employees came up with it. It actually runs encapsulated inside the Chrome operating system and you can jump back and forth between them. Let me know how it goes.
      Oh, by the way, fear not, if you want to go back to factory default, it is very simple.
      Good luck.
      Dennis, K1YPP

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