Up real early again, not as difficult when sleeping in the tent. Set off (without paying, i figured they owed me for the bee’s) and i was immediately climbing. The gradient was pleasant and the temperature was still cool. Without too much of a problem i had reached the highest point of the trip so far. There was even a sign!
After that was a ten mile down hill, which was pretty good:) The route would then be flat nor the ten miles or so before i reached the border.
About 6 miles out, i joined parallel with the snake river, which i hope is so named because it looks like a snake and not because its full of them. The river did produce some nice scenery.
Before long, i was in Clarkston, my destination for the day. Although i am a little worried about what it says on the welcome sign.
I arrived in town about 9am and set about finding a motel. I had been recommended a motel that is run by an Englishman, so i gave him a call, he was great, had a room set up already so i headed there. I had no phone signal yesterday and the network that i am on seems to be pretty non existent right across to Minnesota. So i decided to try get another sim card with better coverage. Verizon seem to have the best coverage so i looked up a store nearby where i could get one. There was a store in neighbouring Lewiston, which is actually across the Idaho border. I gave them a call, they said no problem just head in, so i did. The shop was about 5 miles away so i decided Ty take my things of the bike and ride to it. It was actually quite nice riding the bike without all my equipment on the back. I crossed the blue bridge into Idaho (photo tomorrow). I hadn’t really checked where the shop was, i was just following the map on my phone. In the distance, on top of the hill, i could see a shopping complex. I thought to myself, “glad Im not going up there”. I wasn’t, i was going about 2 miles up hill past it!! It took me about 1 and a half hours to get there, by this time it had reached hot o’clock. The only picture that does the hill justice is the one of me lying down looking worse for wear.
I collapsed through the shop door and explained what i wanted. “Im sorry, verizon don’t do sim cards”, thanks see you later. He did suggest that other networks do and they have a shop back at the bottom of the hill. The next shop suggested a pre paid phone but they were out so i should try walmart. She started to explain where walmart was, i interrupted, i know where it is, its two minutes from my motel! Headed back cross the bridge to the motel. Also noticed that Lewiston main street seems to suffer in the same way as Edinburgh.
Got a phone from walmart, then went to get dinner from tomato bros. Got a chicken dinner, it was awesome. If you are ever in Clarkston them definitely head to tomato bros. Well fed and well practised for some hill climbing, i am ready to take on the rockies. Not gonna be any signal up there, so there won’t be any posts for a few days.