Lake McGregor to Yaak River: slow burn until the part arrives in Spokane

Statistics for today
Distance 129 kms 80 miles
Statistics for trip to date
Distance 7,546 kms 4,689 miles
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Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

I've got a few days to kill before my switch arrives in Spokane. I just take it easy today, meandering along river roads, then spend a few days in a campground until I can confirm the arrival of the part.

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And there's one: a crawfish, appears to be missing a claw the poor guy.
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American diner for breakfast. Pure joy and grease.

I mostly just hang out, eat, and swim in the river behind my campsite. I've got my own little private beach area. There is a back current a few feet off the beach that's just the right speed to swim in place... I spend 20 minutes just doing a breastroke without moving anywhere. Which is fine with me because this river is fast and full of rocks. I see a groups of people go by on rafts, there do seem to be enough rapids to make it fun.

I chat with the guy in the campsite across from me. He is retired, traveling with his dog (a Bernese-Australian sheepdog mix) and his boat. He's been fishing but he hit a rock and his engine is out of commission. He shows me the fin which is badly twisted.

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The train running along the Yaak River.

On a trip into Troy to get on the internet at the library I meet a father-son pair on 250cc dirt bikes. They are picking huckleberries up in the mountains; they say they make a couple of hundred dollars per day. The father is from Louisiana so we have a few things to talk about. The son spent last winter at a cabin up in the mountains, trapping for his food. I tell them how the ranger at the firetower in Glacier was trying to convince me to buy bear spray. The father says he's packing a pistol -- I can't remember the specs but it sounded big enough to take care of a bear -- and he recommened wasp spray rather than bear spray. I don't know, sounds a bit cruel to me. At the moment I'm holding off on buying anything; certainly not going to get a gun with all the state lines I'm crossing, not that I would want one even if I could carry it legally everywhere.