Day 17: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Cambridge to New Meadows: 48 miles
The last time we came through Cambridge, the Pacific & Idaho Northern Railroad ran through town. Now it's the Weiser River Trail, and follows the river through several other towns that I will pass through today. Being relatively flat, it would be a good alternative to US 95, which is rolling and is heavily traveled by semi-trucks; but most of the trail is unimproved, and is definitely not passable for a fully-loaded touring bike. Dennis and Becky tried it for several hundred yards, and ended up turning around.
Who are Dennis and Becky? You'll meet them in a couple of days.
So US 95 was made pretty miserable by the constant stream of truck traffic. And then there was the 1000-foot climb from Council to New Meadows. There was one interesting highlight: an historical one. Did you know that this area was once home to the largest apple orchard in the United States? They even had a tramway to deliver apples to the closest P&IN railroad siding. But here: read the sign yourself.
|The largest apple orchard in the US
|All that's left of the orchard
is a few feral fruit trees.
New Meadows has an imposing two-story brick railroad depot, built in 1911. But there are no longer any tracks. I wonder if it was the home base of the P&IN?
|Name these flowers!
|I ate lunch in the Council town square.
After a scrumptious meal at the A&W, I bedded down in the city park, not far from the swing set, which seemed to be a gathering place for some of the teens. Don't tell them, but I listened in on some interesting conversations.