Day 5. Marengo to Tekoa.
Our last and longest day. What a journey this day was. Such a beautiful area. It quickly became my favorite area of the trip and worth keeping in mind another overnight trip heading west on the trail out of Tekoa for an overnighter.
Saw an owl getting chassed out by a few hawks and got some Gopro footage of it hopefully that turned out. We came across a very old fence that was covered in tumble weeds and looked like it hadn’t been moved in years.
From there we continued on riding some more on the elevated railway part.
We saw some hunters out driving their horse trailer setups around. In the distance we could see towering basalt rock towers. They were super cool and really made me feel like I was in Ea Wa, but felt like Utah or something. Lots of nice trail here. We crossed a cool old bridge that appeared to be newer.
After 25 miles from Marengo we entered the small town of Ewan where we ran into a nice fella driving around on his 4 wheeler out looking for deer. He was super talkative and gave us some beta on the area. We asked him how many people lived in town and he started pointing and counting…was so funny. Totaled somewhere around 20 🙂
We got down to the northeast end of Rock Lake and that’s when we had to make a call. Go on and finish this thing or camp somewhere. We quickly and smugly decided we had it. We had already ridden nearly 26 miles and we were making OK time. It was another 31 miles to Rosalia where we had another quick detour. (There is a restaurant in Rosalia) I was starting to hit the wall at this point because the ride from Pine Creek at the end of Rock Lake to Rosalia was really rough. Possible water in the grain silo in Pine City. The rock ballast takes it out of ya over a bunch of miles but had some pretty sections of trees. It’s a pretty part of the trail though because it crosses over Pine Creek a lot and the wood trestles were really cool. They were banked up on both sides and almost felt like an old board track.
The end of our day was a bit of a blurr. We rode through the sunset on some pretty nice downhill trail and spirits lifted a bit (even though they were never low). We had been riding all day and it was getting super cold.
We also had to ride with only one light on at a time because I forgot to charge Chris’ light earlier since my battery pack had finally died. It’s hard to ride with one light and swerve around rocks while keeping the trail light for the other guy. All was going OK until we came up to the “Marsh” Lone Pine detour. It looked innocent enough from the map. We got pretty deep into it and the grasses were way over our head and it was dark and cold. We decided to jump out of it and up onto an adjacent road. This was where I though it would be fun to fall in up to my knees in the mush. I was pretty much a Popsicle at this point and everything south of the border was going numb. Not fun. We also decided to just stay on the road into town. This also turned out to be a bad call due to all the climbing involved lol. Yikes. But eventually we were rolling over the last hills and could see our comrades off in the distance. Was a cool feeling to know we were about done. Dave Nelson came down from Spokane and greeted us along with Chris. Some beers and stories were shared then we immediately hit the road back to Leavenworth.
Somewhat anticlimactic but hey what are you gonna do haha. We arrived back in town at 1am to a warm shower and a nice soak in the hot tub in the morning. Life we feeling pretty good! Thanks again Woji for the hospitality!
- Marengo to Ewan =26
- Ewan to Rosalia =31
- Rosalia to Tekoa =19
- Total: 76 miles and 14 hrs of ride time
- (7:45am to 9:30pm)
Total trip mileage was right at around 300 and nearly 50 hours of riding time. The entire eastern section is super pretty and a very unique way to see our state that you won’t see if driving I90.
Thanks for following along. I plan on posting on a “cliff notes” version of the ride info and my gear as well if you really want to suffer the details 🙂
Read about Day 1 here Day 2 here Day 3 here Day 4 here
9 thoughts on “John Wayne Pioneer Trail Day 5: Marengo to Tekoa 10-22-15”
Yeah, I took the Columbia Plateau trail from Cheney, and hooked up with the John Wayne trail where you were at. Great read, thanks for posting!
Great write-up, Shawn, thanks for taking the time to put all your great thoughts and pics together . . . it’s been a great read!
The CPT goes all the way to the Tri-Cities, btw. I haven’t done the whole route, but a few of my buddies have. Food for thought . . .
Thanks Pat. I’ve been looking at the CPT lately…so cool that we have 2 of the longest rail trails here in our state and both are great for fatbikes!
Great read, Shawn, thanks for taking the time to put all your thoughts and pics together!
Shawn, hey thanks. Great read. An annotated map of your “alternate routing” would really be valuable. I’m going to match your descriptions to USGS quads to see what would happen. Did either of your bikes have front suspension? Just curious regarding traversing railroad ballast…
Thanks Jim. I just finished the Gear part of the blog. I’ll work on the nuts and bolts of planning the trip next.
I am so proud of you for doing this. I am glad your really enjoyed it and your pictures are great as usual 🙂
Thank you! We should ride the entire state via the ODT,BG,SVT and JWPT someday! I’ll get busy making the racks 🙂
Epic! If the trail stays out of the hands of the adjacent land barons I’ll be making this trip east to west this spring. Also, killer Frame!