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Day 9 - Tuesday, June 26, 2001
Colville to Blueslide, WA
48 miles, 4680 feet of climbing

Although there were no mountain passes, today's ride was tougher than expected, with a big climb up out of Colville, rolling hills through the National Forest, and then a downhill to the Pend Oreille River, where it finally flattened out. 

This part of the Colville National Forest had a lot of interesting lakes, in addition to the usual tall trees. The skies were threatening in the afternoon, but no rain come of it. 

Once again I got to see Keith pass me yet again on one of the climbs. This was probably the last time I will see him, as he was going 90 miles to Newport, and I had planned a shorter day than that. 

After descending from the National Forest, Highway 20 then turns south to follow the Pend Oreille River on the west side. The "official" Adventure Cycling route goes north to Ione, then crosses the river and uses the road on the east side of the river to go south. That sounded like a nice ride, but wouldn't have worked for me, since the campground I'm at is on the west side of the river. 

The Blueslide "resort" RV park and campground has a nice view of the river, although it is a little expensive for tents ($14). 

Tomorrow I will be heading to Sandpoint, Idaho. I called one of the bike shops in town, and they have one pair of my pedals in stock - they'll hold them for me until tomorrow night.

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