Highway 95 is the main north-south route through Idaho. Even so, it is often referred to as that goat trail. It is a country road but can have heavy traffic in two places on our route.
When we descend from the first rest stop at Web Ridge, we’ll come to a stop sign on 95. We’ll turn teft toward Lapwai but turn right again at Sweetwater about 3/4 of a mile. These frontage roads just loop around and come back to 95 so if you skip them, you’ll still end up on the right route any way.
So why take them?
Lapwai Frontage Road: 95 has good shoulders but the traffic moves pretty fast. Teh frontage roads are much quieter, largely un-travelled and more scenic. If we are lucky we’ll see Appaloosa horses along the first Sweetwater frontage road. Just don’t forget to take the Watson Store Road at the north end of the Lapwai Valley.
12/95 Frontage Roads: Century riders won’t need to deal with Highway 12/95 which is four lanes back to Lewiston. But the 50 mile riders well might wish to take the frontage roads to avoid traffic. Once again, if you skip them, you’ll still end up at the Rose Garden near the foot of the Lewiston Hill.
The century riders are off at Arrow Bridge for Kendrick and parts north, but the 50 milers have only a few more miles back to the Port. A few more miles, and diverge-merge to navigate.