One day Ron and I drove south along the east side of gorgeous Coeur D'Alene Lake. Idaho certainly has more than its share of beautiful lakes. I think this one is special because of the interesting inlets and shoreline.
Idaho has fully embraced the 'rails to trails' concept. Their Trail of the Coeur D'Alenes stretches across the state utilizing decommissioned railroad right-of-way. And best of all, most of it is paved!
We got the bikes out of the car and headed east along the Coeur D'Alene River and Chain Lakes. Immediately we were amazed by the water lilies along the way.
And charmed by this family of osprey.
We screeched to a stop when we came upon these precious deer, not tiny, but still with their fawn spots.
They seemed fine just watching us.
But when another biker showed up, the flag went up and they were off.
We passed multiple lakes
And rode through some gorgeous countryside.
One more shot of the river.
After nine miles, we turned around for our return. I know it isn't that far for some people, but I couldn't believe I rode 18 miles. Of course, the trail being very level and paved certainly helped. What a great day!