Week of December 14-21, 1995
Cycling from Spokane to Missoula
Q: What's the best bike route from Spokane, Washington, to Missoula, Montana?
A: Talk to the experts at Adventure Cycling, a non-profit organization that specializes in planning cross-country bike routes along back roads and cycle-friendly paths. Although they don't have a route specifically from Spokane to Missoula--the most direct, of course, is Interstate 90--you can jump on the leg of their Northern cross-country route that runs southeast from Sandpoint, Idaho, to Missoula. If you decide to do this, all you'll need to do is plot out the first 100 miles from Spokane to Sandpoint. You can do that with the help of their newsletter, Cyclist Yellow Pages. The map for the Sandpoint-Missoula segment will cost you $8.95, and they'll gladly send you a copy of the Yellow Pages and provide helpful route-finding tips.
If you're feeling especially ambitious, you can always go whole hog and pedal the Northern route all the way to the East Coast. Complete cross-country route maps range in price from $78.95 to $92.95. To order maps or inquire about their other routes, e-mail at email@example.com.