2016 Jim Schmid bicycles Rail-Trail Hall of Fame 72-mile Trail of the Coeur d’ Alenes – Plummer to Mullan, ID

rail-trail hall of fame logoThe twenty-third members of the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame – Trail of the Coeur d’ Alenes along with the Route of the Hiawatha.

The Trail of the Coeur d’ Alenes is very proud of being in the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. Every kiosk has a Hall of Fame sign. Of the  many rail-trails I’ve bicycled this one has it all – from the smooth pavement to beautiful scenery. It also has free brochures and a map on every kiosk with your location and milepost markers along the way. You always know exactly where you are. It was such a nice Trail that I slowed down to enjoy the beauty – took four days to finish.

2016-Trail-of-the-Coeur-d'Alenes-patchSandra and I bicycled the Trail of the Coeur d’ Alenes  back in June of 2003 when we were living in Boise, ID. Leo Hennessy, the Idaho Non-motorized Trails Coordinator invited 30 folks to be the first to bicycle this new trail that he had been championing for many years. We  all  car-pooled from Boise and biked the 15-mile gravel Route of the Hiawatha  first then biked the newly paved Trail of the Coeur d’ Alenes  east to west. In  Wallace, ID we took time off the trail to go underground on a mine tour. Near the end of the Trail staff from Heyburn State Park shuttled us in their boat across Coeur d’ Alene Lake because the Chacolet Bridge was under construction. (I got to bike across it this trip). Bicycling these two Trails was the high-light of the many trips we were on that Leo led during our time in Idaho. Idaho is lucky to have him. This was one trip that I have no photos from. Leo sent out an e-mail to some of the folks from that trip and Owen Jones was kind enough to send me his photos. Below is the photo of the group at Old Mission State Park and one of me on the mine tour and one of Sandra on the boat shuttle.

Back to my solo 2016 trip.

Day One – Plummer to Springston:

Day Two – Springston to Cataldo:

Day Three – Cataldo to Osburn:

Day Four – Osburn to Mullan: