The 2012 WaCanId Bike Ride



On Saturday, September 22nd, the day the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club held its annual CommUNITY Breakfast & Silent Auction also marked the conclusion of the fourth annual 5-day, 344-mile WaCanId Bike Ride. The name ‘WaCanId’ was created four years ago as an acronym for Washington, Canada and Idaho, the 2 states and 1 international country that provides the setting for the International Selkirk Loop (ISL), a highway that meanders through scenic passages and along the rivers and lakes of the
Selkirk Mountain range.

Sponsored by the ISL and participating Rotary clubs along the ISL, the 2012 ride incorporated two major changes according to Mark McInnes, a Bonners Ferry Rotarian and Coordinator of the 2012 ride.  "These changes should continue to make a positive impact on ridership registration. First of all, we will have two groups of riders starting from Sandpoint, one heading north on U.S. Route 95 towards Bonners Ferry and the second heading west on U.S. Route 2 towards Oldtown/Newport.  This change enables us to accomodate 100 plus riders from the most popular starting point and never overloads any of the smaller towns with too many motel room requirements.  The second change is a layover day in Nelson.  This has been suggested and
requested by many rideres over the past few years."

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The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club hosted 35 riders for a spaghetti feed on the first day for those who started from Sandpoint and traveled north on U.S. Route 95. Wilma DeVore and her granddaughter, Kirsten Madden, Norm Braatz and Bill McClintock helped greet and helped serve spaghetti and bread to the riders upon their arrival beginning at about 10:45 am and continuing until about 11:30 am.


Perhaps because of the beautiful weather and the fact that they were only 35 miles from the start of the ride, the riders were quite complementary about Rotary’s efforts to be such great hosts. Emanating from a variety of locations around the country (Maryland, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alaska, Seattle, and other parts of the west coast), the riders left for the Canadian border and ultimately their first day’s stop in Creston.ImageImage

Thanks must be extended to Mark and all the volunteers for arranging, setting up, and clearing the food and related supplies for the hungry group of riders. All left Bonners Ferry with much more than
they had when they arrived.
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Mark has set up a Facebook page for the Bike Ride here: