The Colfax-Garfield loop - Northwest passages: riding out the storm - CycleBlaze

May 7, 2020

The Colfax-Garfield loop

So yes, today was better.  Way better.  We threw the bikes in the car and drove thirteen miles north to Colfax, for a loop through the towns of Palouse and Garfield.  I don’t think I need to say much about it though.  We’ll just let the photos and video speak for themselves.

Video sound track: Fly Like an Eagle, By the Steve Miller Band

Eastbound, climbing away from Colfax. The first mile climbing up from the Palouse River was the toughest climb of the day.
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How fortunate! Only a half mile into the day and I’ve bagged my Barn of the Day shot already. The pressure’s off now and I can just enjoy the rest of the ride.
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Jen GrumbyAnd what a barn it is!
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4 months ago
On Route 272, west of Palouse. We’re fortunate to have such a fine day, with the broken clouds casting shadows across the hills.
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Dropping toward the town of Palouse on Route 272.
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Crossing the Palouse River at the entrance to Palouse, in the Palouse.
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Jen GrumbyThat's pretty Palousy.
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4 months ago
Scott AndersonTo Jen GrumbyA Palouse trifecta!
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4 months ago
Picnic lunch, Palouse. Main Street is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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In Palouse.
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Palouse looks like it would be a fine place for an overnight or two, once things open up again. We’d stay here, and enjoy a view of the river from the balcony of our room.
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In Palouse.
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Bicycles for rent! And cigars!
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Jen GrumbyDoes that 3rd line say "Anti-nervous Dyspeptic"?

Or maybe it's meant to read Nervous Anti-dyspeptic?

Personally, I don't think I've ever experienced dyspepsia that doesn't feel just a little nervous.
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4 months ago
Scott AndersonTo Jen GrumbyI think the first. It looks like It must have been a great place in its time. All this, and cigars and chewing tobacco too!
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4 months ago
Ron SuchanekWhat kind of deposit do they require for the rental cigars? I'd imagine that even with the most careful handling, you're going to return a wet, charred stub. So I'd recommend the extra insurance.
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4 months ago
In Palouse.
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In Palouse.
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I’m sure I’d have been a big fan of Palouse Brewing Company. It’s a shame it closed over a century ago when the town voted itself dry in 1910. Beer at five cents a glass, or available by the wagon load! Perfect.
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Ron SuchanekI want to go to there.
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4 months ago
There’s a wealth of great information in these old brewery advertisements, including the phone number. There must have been a typesetting error though. Do you suppose the phone number was 149, or 194?
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Jen GrumbyGood thing is, if you dial the wrong number the first time .. you've still only dialed 6 digits.
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There’s a great story about the old brewing company. The building no longer exists, but it was a survivor. From a newspaper article in the window next to the one above: “The fire of 1888 burned down every building on Main Street from Bridge Street eastward, EXCEPT the brewery building. Built in a slight depression, the wind blew over the building, and aided by burlap sacks soaked in beer which were laid on the brewery roof and sides, the brewery survived.”
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We stop for a look back at the river as we climb away from Palouse.
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We’re following what I think was the route of the Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway line, which ran between Potlatch and Palouse.
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In Garfield. There’s loess here than meets the eye.
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Suzanne GibsonUnloess you stop those loessy puns I might loess interest - no, not true, I can't wait for the next puns.
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Scott AndersonTo Suzanne GibsonI’m showing the same Steely self discipline I’m showing with barns. One/day, max.
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4 months ago
Jen GrumbyWhat would Loess say?
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Scott AndersonTo Jen GrumbyThe loess, the better.
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4 months ago
West of Garfield on Dry Creek Road. The next ten miles have a fair claim to being the prettiest we’ve seen here so far.
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On Dry Creek Road, looking back toward Idaho before we crest a rise and begin a long, lazy descent.
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For the next few miles we have an impressive view of Steptoe Butte, the highest point around. We should bike up there sometime. I imagine the view should be pretty good.
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Another view of Steptoe Butte from Dry Creek Road.
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Jen GrumbyThis would be a fine opening scene in a movie.

A few seconds of eerie stillness, followed by a cyclist coming up over the hill in the distance .. riding quite erratically.
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4 months ago
And another. That’s it though. Three’s enough. For now.
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Returning to Colfax on US 195. It carries its share of traffic, but the shoulder looks just like this the whole way.
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We thought the town of Palouse was very attractive, but Colfax only fair.
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Ride stats today: 47 miles, 2,500’

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Jacquie GaudetIt was odd to me to hear Fly Like and Eagle accompanying a cycling video. I always associate that song with skiing because I sing it silently to myself to time my turns.
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2 months ago
Rachael AndersonI always think of it when I’m riding along a great descent like the ones in the video. It feels like flying!
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