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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho USA

Chatcolet bike bridge, Lake Coeur d'Alene, on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

I arrived with Stuey in Coeur d’Alene Idaho USA on June 25th,  the day after 5i50 Subic Bay Philippines where I placed 2nd.  An impressively organised event which should attract a lot more international interest in future years.

Subic Bay 5i50 trophy

First week in Coeur d’Alene was sick (booo!) but took the opportunity after several “down” days to ride part of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes (see pics top & below) with Stuey and good friend/host Paul Burke – have wanted to ride this trail for years.  Leisurely ride with coffee stop and pics.

Stu & me, Chatcolet Bridge, Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

Me tormenting friend Paul Burke

Then a bush-bash (walk) in the forest up behind where Paul and his wife Katie live, to keep up the exercise but the heart rate down.  Amazing lush country as you can see in the photo compared with the harsh landscape around Darwin in Australia.

Me & Katie, gone "bush"

Off to celebrate US Independence Day 4 July that night with lots of fireworks down at Lake Coeur d’Alene.

4 July fireworks, Lake Coeur d'Alene

As I recover from my bug I am enjoying swimming in Lake Coeur d’Alene (especially as it warms up), and getting lost around Idaho & Washington in the hills on my Cervelo P3.  I now have maps from the Chamber of Commerce.

The Centennial Trail, a paved multi-purpose track, runs 21 miles (34kms) in Idaho and another 37 miles (60kms) along the Spokane River in Washington State.  I plan to explore all of it while I am here.

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