I spend the day eating, sleeping, doing the laundry, walking along the lake and charting the course for the next few days. It is not all downhill, there will be a few passes and a large forest to negotiate and towns are small and far in between. I am excited as I prepare for the final push to Vancouver.
The fundraising is going well and I hope that with the approaching of my final destination on the Pacific coast it will receive an additional boost. Remember the cause behind this bike ride. Remember that every four minutes a person is diagnosed with blood cancer. Rapid advancement and new discoveries in leukemia treatment have made surviving leukemia more likely than it was in the past but there is still no cure for it. Please consider making a donation, spread the word and help cancer research.
A bit of history. The words "Pend Oreille" are French for an ear-hanging or pendant. Ear pendants were characteristic of the Kalispell tribe. The lake is shaped much like a human ear when viewed from above or on a map. The lake is home to many species of fish including: rainbow trout, lake trout, perch, crappie, bass, walleye, whitefish and kamloops. The forests are known to have various pines, such as ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, poplar and western larch. Whitetail deer, squirrels, black bears, coyotes, elk, cougar, and bobcats are known to reside in these forests. Bald Eagles, osprey, owls, hummingbirds, hawks, woodpeckers, ducks and the mountain bluebird are seen in the skies around the lake. The Kalispel tribe was the first to inhabit Sandpoint. With a moderate climate and bountiful game and food, they prospered from Montana to Eastern Washington. Idaho was the last state to be explored by European and American explorers. Lewis and Clark crossed into Idaho in August 1805 on their journey of exploration for the United States government. Their route took them far south of present-day Bonner County, over Lolo Pass and down the Clearwater River. Trappers and traders continued to sporadically make their way to the region throughout the first half of the century, along with many missionaries, mainly Jesuits, called 'Kaniksu' (Black Robes in Indian). In the years after the fur trade, the Indians continued to camp on their travels at Sineacateen. The North West Company was not alone in trying to harvest furs in the Pacific Northwest. Hudson's Bay Company maintained a chain of posts throughout the region and absorbed its opponent in 1821. The fur trade continued into the 19th century but its importance declined when the railroad was built and other economic activities blossomed.
This is such a lazy day. I am itching to get going again.
Lake Pend Oreille
The water of the lake
A replica of the Statue of Liberty on a pier in Sandpoint