November dreaming time! I'm trying to fill in a few gaps on my E to W cross-country 2017 route. Overall route is from Delaware to Seattle, taking lots of time for stops, as we'll have our 10-year old daughter with us.
We're also trying to hit lots of trails. So our route looks pretty set on taking the Coeur d' Alene Trail to Plummer. And then we'd like to pick up the John Wayne Trail from Ellensburg heading east.
(I've looked at the North Idaho Centennial Trail and Spokane Centennial Trail, but that would mean missing the best part of the CDA Trail, right? If anyone has great things to say about those first two trails over the western part of the CDA Trail, I'm willing to hear you out.)
My real question for all you route mavens is, what's the best route from Plummer to Ellensburg? I've ruled out the John Wayne Trail through that area because it's widely considered to be mountain bike only.
Here are three options generated by Google maps in bicycle mode, but the first choice uses a lot of the JWT: https://goo.gl/maps/BxfTv
We'd take a less direct but quieter route, but we'll probably only make 25-35 miles a day, so long stretches in the desert will be tough on us. We can stock up and do one or two days without services, but nothing more than that, hopefully.
I also don't know any of the parks, towns and cities in this area, so good destinations to know about would also be useful.
Thanks for your help!