In Northern Idaho

In Northern Idaho we rode the 72-mile paved Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes (former Northern Pacific Railroad), developed as one form of recompense to the Coeur d'Alene tribe and the State of Washington for the extensive damage to the area caused by lead and silver mining in the area. The Northern Pacific Multi-Use Trail (former Northern Pacific Railroad) and a section of the Route of the Olympian (Milwaukee Railroad) connected us to the magnificent and improbable Milwaukee Railroad’s passage through the Bitterroot Mountains, now known as the Route of the Hiawatha (and its complicated allusions), after the passenger trains that traveled the route in the early to mid- part of the 20th century.