Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 12: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Rolling at 07:00 to avoid the crowds at breakfast and make the most of the cool part of the day, although it turns out to be nowhere near as hot as yesterday. We roll north 40 miles to Sandpoint, taking diesel at Westmond at $2.96 a gallon. We cross a large expanse of water on arrival with a freight train on a parallel bridge making a fine sight heading south. We arrive at Evans Brothers Neighbourhood Espresso Bar, where we park the smart car at this old mill site and chat to the gawkers. We check out the antique stores and thrift shops. I spot this Oldsmobile Toronado for sale, (everything is for sale in the US) , a GM curiosity with massive cubic inches and front-wheel-drive. Must chew through front tires like an alligator. What were they thinking?
We cruise out to the beach on Lake Pend Oreille and then turn west and across the stateline to lunch at Owen's Grocery, Deli and Soda Fountain, at Newport, Washington. This is an old time store not to be missed with large custom-built sandwiches at $3.50. We return to Coeur d'Alene via Rathdrum, Idaho with its large rail yard.

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