NW Passage Scenic Byway

Today we travel the Northwest Scenic Byway, after a brief stop at Missoula HD. We left Hamilton, MT and cruised up to Missoula, MT for breakfast, Mandi wanted to eat at Paul’s Pancake Parlor, but when we arrived the wait was like 45 minutes, and I was already fading into Betty White, so we jumped back on the bike and unfortunately found a place called Hob Nobs or something that was completely out of my norm. Placed in the college campus area of town, we were treated to a barely eatable breakfast and chat from surrounding collegiates that were no more intelligent than rocks…

NW Passage Scenic Byway

Thankfully we went from here straight to Missoula Harley Davidson to get my head right, one of my fave shops on the road, and found a couple of shirts to our liking, and then went by the Brewery across the road to grab some Yeti cups for our drinks as the cups we had been using sucked, or bounced etc.

Then we back tracked to Lolo to start our ride on the Northwest Scenic Byway, which also happens to be part of the Lewis & Clark Trail, our destination today would be Kamiah, ID. I really like riding US 12 up over Lolo Pass, but the Montana side was a tad warm, but as we climbed in elevation the temps got more comfortable. Once on the other side we stopped at a favorite place along the river, the Wilderness Inn & Cafe for a rootbeer float…

From here we had a short ride to Kamiah, ID to our resting place for the evening, Hearthstone Lodge. Where we met the owner Harty, who got us squared away in the Royal Chateau, it was quite lavish. He and his wife also own a bakery in town Hearthstone Bakery that we got our complimentary breakfast from the next morning. But for tonight we’d be dining in town at the Kamiah Hotel Bar & Grill, this is about 2.5 miles away and getting there on the bike wasn’t appealing. God bless Harty, he has an old Ford Explorer, he allows motorbike guests to use to run to town, so we took him up on his offer and had a lovely dinner before retiring for the night.