Today Patty dropped me off at my starting point, and I slowly began my day. I didn't want to push to fast because i wasn't sure what my shin was going to feel like. The first few miles were rather boring and uneventful, but as I headed further into Couer d'Alene, the streets started to become more lively and nicely manicured gardens began to pop up, and views of the Lake were starting to appear. It wasn't long before I was in downtown and found Fleet Feet. They had exactly what I was looking for and in bright pink. calf compression sleeves are meant to hold everything in place, and not let muscles slide around too much. They worked perfectly, and I could not be more happy with them!
My legs felt great and I headed out to find some lunch. I was planning on only doing about 15 miles today, but I was feeling really, really good, so I found a little coffee shop and got a sandwich and kept on moving. I found the bike trail that followed the lake, and continued down that until the road ended and the freeway began. Now I could either jump on I90, or take a 2 mile detour around and get on some kind of frontage road. Luckily there was a really easy way to get in the freeway so I jumped on and made a B-line for the top of the 4th of July Pass. Which would put me at just over 22 miles for the day.
It was nice to be up in the mts. again, and it didn't even feel like I was going up them (I'm sure it helped that i didn't have BMW). I saw tons of hawks being chased by tiny little birds, and a lot of the time I could spend on the outside barrier on the dirt anyway from the cars.
Before I knew it, I was at the top and it was 5 PM. Perfect. Patty came and picked me up once again and took me home and made another big dinner of spaghetti and salad. We watch another movie, and went to bed. It was a very good day because walking to the top today meant I could get all the way to Kellogg tomorrow, and put me one day closer to getting back on schedule.