Lewiston mini-TOT

If you ride a trike, organized events are probably hard to find. Darliss Bardwell is calling for her own. And you don’t even have to be on a trike.–Corrie

Lewiston, Idaho Mini TOT Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2

First: What is a TOT?

TOT is Trikes Optional Tour—originally, many of the people riding trikes were told they couldn’t go on the rides with bikes…so they started their own rides but started calling them TOT because they didn’t want to exclude anybody.  Now there is an annual Tater TOT ride on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene each year and mini TOTs whenever someone organizes a ride.  I don’t expect more than 1-2 trikes other than mine to appear for this ride because it just got planned this weekend.

Okay, I did some scouting (of bathrooms) this morning to make sure there would be an open bathroom at the meeting spot. The address is 1st Av. N. and 24th St. in North Lewiston. There’s a bathroom, shade, some ball fields, picnic tables, and a burling pond.

7:30 a.m. meet and greet (I’ll have donuts and fruit)
8:00 a.m. depart 1st Ave. N./24th St.

Ride 2.3 miles to base of Spiral Highway. **

Climb approx. 7.5 mi to viewpoint at top of Spiral Highway–Woohoo!!! You have then “Made the Grade.”
Coast back down to starting point.

At this point, those finishing the grade can have a late breakfast at Rusty’s Ranch Cafe, or have something cold from cooler.

Option 1 longer ride:

After Spiral Highway ride, have snack or late breakfast; then cross the Clearwater Memorial Bridge to Locomotive Park. We will cross the railroad tracks and connect to the Lewiston Levee Parkway Trail (see info on http://www.traillink.com) and ride along the Clearwater and Snake Rivers out to Hellsgate State Park, turning around at the end of the third camping loop (about 8 miles) and then return. For someone wanting just a short ride with the group, a good place to meet would be to park at the Pepsi Skateboard Park on Snake River Avenue and ride up to the levee trail at that spot.

Sunday ride:

Meet 8:30 at parking lot of Granite Lake Park, Port Way, Clarkston, WA. Ride on the Greenbelt Trail (see info on http://www.traillink.com) to Asotin, Washington (about 8 mi?). We can cross the street and go one block to Asotin Market to get a cool drink, then return on trail to starting point. We can then ride or drive about 1/2 block to Rooster’s Landing, Port Way, to have an early lunch. Or you can head home.

**If you just want to do the spiral highway, you can park in the large parking lot outside the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s at intersection of HWY 128 (Down River Rd)/1150 Wall Street/Spiral Highway (no bathroom). We will probably get there about 8:15 or so.

Bring plenty of water for the Lewiston Hill because there isn’t water available. There also are no bathrooms once we start up the hill (just bushes), although I know this is no problem for guys.

Please RSVP to my e-mail so I get enough doughnuts/snacks for Sat/Sun.

Darliss Bardwell
Secondary Special Education Teacher
Genesee School

“Teaching Touches Lives”

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