After arriving in Kamiah, Idaho to 115°F (46°C) temperatures on the previous day, we were up early, trying to beat the heat.
Looking at maps the night before, we identified a short-cut compared to the Adventure Cycling Lewis & Clark map we used for the Lolo Motorway.
Our “official map” was about to end and every cartographer knows that after the edge of the map, “Here be dragons“.
We ended up on a gravel road, twisted like a dragon’s tail. Just what we vowed to avoid after our last off-road adventure.
While climbing, I saw a blue flash on the road, next to one of my tires. I thought I was avoiding some blue glass but instead it was a lizard with a brilliant blue tail. An azure tail on a earth tone background seemed like poor camouflage. Its speed was faster than my ability to adjust the camera’s shutter speed to get a clear picture.
Later I learned it was a species of lizard called a Western Skink.
In addition to spotting new wild life, the day was full of agriculture lessons. Farmers were actively haying, either mowing or stacking bales. Wheat ranged in color from green (growing) to golden (ready for harvest). Soy beans were also well represented.
The scenery was vastly different from my most recent urban life. The fields extended in all directions, covering the rolling hills as far as one could see.
Towns are scarce again and we made the mistake of not getting items for dinner early in the day, partially because fresh food does not keep well in 100°F weather. The grocery closed at 6 p.m. in the town about fifteen miles before we planned to stop for the day.
Likewise, in Winchester, our stopping point, the grocery was also closed. Not relishing eating the emergency ramen noodle ration with a side of peanut butter, we found the one and only café in town and managed to order a few minutes before closing time.