Here is the last installment, Wallace to Thompson Falls.http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/maps/BicyclingdirectionstoThompsonFalls.kmlhttps://maps.google.com/maps?q=http:%2F%2Ftsteven4.qwestoffice.net%2Fmaps%2FBicyclingdirectionstoThompsonFalls.kml&hl=en&sll=38.997934,-105.550567&sspn=6.026675,13.392334&t=h&z=11
This was a bit of a crazy way to go if you believe in straight lines, but if you believed in taking the shortest way from home to home you would stay home. This is the day with 4 baby foxes frolicking in the road, a heard of elk, a moose, and more bald eagles than we could count. It starts with Dobson pass, which has a big reputation as a steep climb. For us it was just beautiful. The road is actually closed a bit past the top due to a bit of a slide, but it was easily passable. Thompson Pass is more of a wide open highway compared to the little forest road that is Dobson Pass. The state park at Thompson Falls, where the maps ends, had plenty of room for us, although I guess we were lucky that the high water discouraged the normal boater and left room for us.
From here to Missoula there are two main choices, and this is the wea. Hwy 200 or Hwy 200 to 135 to I90/frontage. The south half of Hwy 200 goes through a reservation and we were told it would not be possible for us to stay there. On the other hand there are lots of camping possibilities on 135 and in the I90 corridor. We started west on 135 to check out Quinn's Hot Springs Resort with the intention of going back to 200 the next morning. They wanted $120, so we moved on and ended up taking 135 to St. Regis and then the I90 corridor to Missoula. It is very hard to get route information in the I90 corridor, the locals will tell you to just ride I90. The only good advice we got, and it couldn't have been better, was from a Montana state trooper. We ended up riding a combination of I90 and frontage roads. The section of Old Hwy 10 that goes by Sloway campground was nice. The Mullen Rd E is nice south from Superior while it lasts. One particularly nice section the trooper told us about is Old Hwy 10 W near where the Fish Creek Road hits I90. There is a bridge that is closed to vehicles but open to hikers and cyclists, so there is no traffic. In between these bits we were on I90, though other possibilities probably exist. We left I90 for good at Frenchtown, by then I90 is quite busy.
We considered a much more adventurous route from 135 up Siegal Creek connecting with 9 mile road. Much of that is dirt, and there is a big climb up Siegal creek. Navigation skills are probably called for.