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New Wrinkles for ridgeless ride

If you are a 50 mile rider, you don’t need to wait until noon to start your 50 miles. You can start with the century riders headed south past Buffalo Eddy.

The century just combines these two routes. However, you get to choose which 50 mile leg you prefer.


Even more cool is that you can turn that morning 50 into a 75 by riding out to the 25 mile turn-around at Nisqually John.

Of course, out and back routes allow you to turn around whenever you like. So this is definitely a ride with more options for riders.




Ride Rivers and Ridges in 2017!

Update: ride day is Sept. 30th, a Saturday. Stay tuned for registration information.


Haven’t been on my bike since early December 2016. That’s okay, though, ’cause Rivers and Ridges doesn’t happen until the end of September or maybe that first Saturday in October. Plenty of time left to get in century-shape.

So start training now!



More Rivers; Fewer Ridges: New Routes for 2016

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“That hill,” my wife, Linda, complained after the century ride.

Not the hill Linda is complaining about. This is your reward for the century ride. Eight miles of twisting gloriously well-banked descent. That’s Clarkston’s Blue Bridge below.

My wife, who has cycled this area for 15 years, had never climb ed from Kendrick to Troy. That’s the challenge section of the Rivers and Ridges Century Ride.

Everyone finds those first couple of miles challenging. But let’s be honest. Making that hill is a claim to fame.

Need a lift?

Still, it looks as though, Rivers and Ridges may be able to provide a lift from the Kendrick rest stop for a couple of miles if you request it. Nothing is firm on this yet, but stay tuned. So if you are thinking about the century but concerned about that climb, go ahead and sign up.j

Or, you could do what Linda did, sign up for the 50 miler and then ride the hundred. What is she complaining about? Wait, that won’t work this year, ’cause the 50 miler has been changed.

25 and 50 miler routes go flat

Traditionally the 50 miler was Lapwai Loop and started with the century riders. This year 50 milers will start at 10am but head west across Red Wolf to Wawawai Landing. And just for good measure, we are sending the 25 milers off with them. 25 milers will go only as far as Nisqually John Landing.

The advantage of this route change is reduced traffic. For the 50 milers, there will be no more playing dodge with 95/12 traffic on a rough shoulder. For the 25 milers, you’ll probably not see a single dog, a walker, or child carrier –relief from the Green Belt’s Family friendly route.

Neither route will see any climbing. 400 ft total gain almost all on the Red Wolf Bridge approaches.

What’s the Downside?

These routes follow the Snake River and a very low traffic road. We are giving you more river views but no ridges.

So what’s bad about that? Well, local riders will tell you that you will likely have a tailwind.


Well, it is an out and back. You can count on headwinds in one direction or the other, if not in both. Those winds swirl about in the canyon so you could have both.

But just imagine the tailwind you’d have had in 2015. That west wind tried to take me off my bike several times but I was riding into it.

Family Rides of 7 and 15 miles

Our family friendly 7 and 15 mile routes on Clarkston’s Green Belt trail are back for 2016. The long route takes you into Asotin where you will find a rest stop and beautiful park. Take a leisurely pace back to RiverFest.

Now why did Linda choose such an unfriendly windy day to tackle a hill and a century she had nver done before? A woman’s perogative . . .

And where do I turn?

If you joined us last year you are golden. Yes, a couple of notes for changes will help. And of course, if you are from out of town and doing the 25 mile route which is new for this year, you’ll want a bit of a heads up.

This post should help you out. Largely it will be links to route info posts I created last year. You can find them by linking to the route info category on the right hand side of the page.

So let’s get started:

Family Riders and 25 mile riders please read this blog The Scariest Places I Ever Ride and view the video. 25 mile riders please note that while we started you before the shorter two routes, you’ll likely be encountering familes on the trail upon your return along the Green Belt. Please treat this as stroll, not a race. I can’t recommend riding 129 from Asotin back to Clarkston either.

25 mile Route End of Pavement on Asotin Creek. Take the Green Belt Trail out to Asotin. We’ll have a rest stop with food at the Church (now community center) at the end of the bike path right down town in Asotin. The 15 mile riders will turn around and go back to the Port on the Green Belt Trail. If you are doing the 25, you’ll be on the public roads for the next 11 miles. Turn right out of the park, take the first left and then right at the courthouse. This puts you on 2nd street until you cross Asotin Creek where you’ll turn left. In 2.5 miles you’ll turn right at a Y in the road. In another 2.5 miles, you’ll run out of pavement. You should find water but no food at that point. You’ll return the same way. You are welcome to go back to the rest stop or just ride on out to 129, cross to the trail and head back to the Port. Please be considerate of the many trail users you will encounter.

The Century and the 50 mile routes are the same out to Arrow Bridge so both groups should check out these posts for details.

Getting out of town

Southway Bridge We’ll head down Fleshman Way, cross the bridge, take the off ramp, and turn south.

The Web ridge rest stop has been moved back about 1.5 miles. You won’t miss it. And don’t skip the snickerdoodles.

Descend from Webb Road to 95 and turn left (North) for a bit before taking the frontage roads in Lapwai valley.

Railroad Tracks: We don’t have many and the ones we do have are pretty much filled in with dirt.

Take the Frontage roads in Lapwai except this year we’ll skip the second one. When we rejoin 95, we ride about two miles to Tom Beall road where we’ll jump on the new bike route. It runs only about a half mile but does avoid pottential dog encounters. It ends at Red Duck Lane. A short jog to the right puts us on the old highway which is full of patches but nicer than riding 95 with its heavy traffic.

Lunch at Spalding park. This stop accommodates both groups. It is a little early for lunch but it is half way for the 50 milers and the perfect stop before riding on out to Kendrick.

Jump to Century Route Guides or continue for 50 mile route instructions.

50 mile Riders turn west at the northwest end of Arrow Bridge and head back to the start. This is highway 12/95 and will have a good deal of traffic. Truck traffic should be lighter on Saturday. The shoulder is broad and pretty clean as of 9/12/2015. it does have rumble strips so two-abreast cycling is not a good idea. Also, don’t follow too closely  so that you have time to see debris such as fallen rock or tire remnants. We ride this all the time without trouble.

Casino. You’ll take a frontage road up to the Clearwater Casino. Look for markings to take you into the Casino where you’ll find final rest stop.


Handling the Merge/Diverge on 12/95. At the base of the Lewiston hill, the highway becomes a maze of overpasses. The road splits with 12 heading west through Lewiston and 95 turning up the hill to Moscow and Pullman. This presents a hazard to cyclists. Do not try to blast through these two points and you should have no trouble. Oh, and we saved a stiff mile climb for you up to the base of the Spiral Highway.

RedWolf The road from the base of the Spiral Highway to Redwolf Bridge has very little to no shoulders. Fortunately you can see traffic in both directions and manage your pace accordingly.

Century Riders will turn right and ride north to Kendrick. Okay, the century riders have reached Arrow Bridge and are ready to head to Kendrick.

Julietta and Kendrick. The road has good shoulders but exprect traffic. Rest stop in Kendrick. Don’t overeat because you’ll be climbing immediately.

Troy and the Latah Trail

Don’t miss the turn off the trail at Cornwall. You will climb several times through the rolling hills of the Palouse before the road levels out to for a run to Genessee. A west wind may actually help until you turn due west. The ride out of Genessee to the top of the Spiral Highway will likely have a head wind but I’ve usually found it to be pretty manageable.

The Spiral Highway. Your reward for all the climbing comes with this long, curving descent. The curves are well-banked but watch for gusty winds. Take a break at the top to enjoy the view.

RedWolf The road from the base of the Spiral Highway to Redwolf Bridge has very little to no shoulders. Fortunately you can see traffic in both directions and manage your pace accordingly.

Advocacy message to local riders!

If you are from out of the area, you might still read this as it explains why local riders should support local events. Oh, and yes, we do still want you to come join us to discover great riding in North Central Idaho.

But if you are a local, you might why you want to participate in one of the shorter family rides when you can ride the Clarkston Green Betl trail to Asotin whenever you like.

Here’s why:
In addition to the 50 and 100 mile routes, we also have the 7, 15, and 25 mile routes. Yes, these are on the Green Belt trail out to Asotin (the 25 goes to the end of the pavement on Asotin Creek road).

So why would you pay an entry fee to ride the Green Belt which you likely ride whenever you go out? Because an event like this can grow to several hundred participants or more eventually attracting riders from outside the region. But it can’t grow if the sponsors don’t believe it is worthwhile. Why does that matter? The organizers of these kinds of events don’t depend upon registrations for their return. The event is fully paid for by the sponsors.

And who are the sponsors? Members of the business community in the valley. I Made the Grade is a popular event in the spring. We need to follow it up with a successful Rotary event
. . . So the business community gets behind walking and biking advocacy

. . . So that the business community sees an opportunity whenever they see a cyclist in the valley.

. . . So that the need to improve walking and biking infrastructure in the valley is apparent to all.

The Rotary does good work and they are backing cycling. So join in the fun. Do a ride, visit Riverfest at the Port. This ride is the public face of advocacy in the valley.


Pre-ride Carbo Load for the Asotin Marina

Friday, September 25th


Port of Clarkston

Granite Lake Park,

849 Port Way, Clarkston WA

Lots of good places to eat in Lewiston and Calrskton but why not try a traditional spaghetti feed carbo load on Friday evening before the ride. Funds raised to help the City of Asotin match grant dollars for improvements to the boat launch at Looking Glass Park. What You didn’t know there was a boat launch in Asotin? That’s because it has silted over and been unusable for the last 20 years. You can help dredge and rebuild that boat launch and carbo load for your ride on Saturday at the same time. What a deal!Spaghetti ad  2015

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City of Asotin has received the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) Planning Grant funding for the Marina in the amount of $61,611.00. It was awarded for the 2015-2017 Boat Facilities Program Local Projects. The City of Asotin will use this grant to design, and permit the restoration and development of a boat launch along the Snake River. The launch, which has not been used safely in the past 20 years, is the last access point to the Snake River near a city with fueling services and other supplies. Future development includes, restoring the boat launch, installing a breakwater, and building new moorage floats, bathrooms, and lighting. The City of Asotin will contribute $20,537 in cash, staff labor, and donations of labor.

Snickerdoodles from Harvest Ridge Organics

Yeah, I know. You are cyclist eating only healthy foods in just the right amounts and you have not a single ounce of excess wieght on you or your bike.

You wouldn’t eat a cookie would you?


Well may be if you had an all organic cookie made by the folks at Harvest Ridge Organics who will be assisting at our Webb Road Mcann rest stop and they’ll have their famous Snickerdoodles. Attached is the recipe!

(The rest stoop has been back a mile and half for 2015 but the cookies will still be there.

Now you have got to ride.


End Polio

What does the Rotary do?

I couldn’t answer that. After all, I’m not a member. I had some vague notion they were business people promoting the retail environment in local communities. So I checked our flyer where nicely listed under Where the Money Goes!

are listed in order of importance many charitable activities the Clarkston Rotary supports. And what do you know–no businesses listed.

Now the Clarkston Rotary joins with Rotary International in the drive to end polio. I remember lining up for shots before I could enter first grade. I remember the Salk oral vaccine when I was in 7th grade and now Polio may be eradicated world wide in just a matter of a few years.

And you can be a part of that. Come ride Rivers and Ridges and help end polio.

Thank you,

You are great!


Historic Bonsecours Market in Old Montréal is illuminated with “En finir avel la polio” (End Polio Now).

Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, here are some ways to make a global impact and protect children against polio forever.

via End Polio | My Rotary.

How to Repair a Cut Bicycle Tire for $1

How to Repair a Cut Bicycle Tire for $1.

No. $5 or $10 won’t be better. It is called a boot. A boot for your tire. Useful information for any ride, not just the century. We will  have SAG butprobably not too many new tires, so knowing how to boot a tire might save your ride.

Best bet? Don’t start out for a century on old rubber.

Even Family riders may won;t to take note, though. Unless you want to walk a chunk of the route. Be prepared.