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Thu., Sept. 12, 2013, 5:32 p.m.

Legislator switches from state-long hike to bike, after injury

Idaho state Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, hasn’t given up his plan to travel the length of Idaho this fall by muscle power to promote trails, experience rural areas and raise funds for the Redside Foundation, reports S-R outdoors writer Rich Landers, but Erpelding says a leg injury has forced him to change his plan from hiking the 950-mile Idaho Centennial Trail. He’d hiked 220 miles in 10 days from Upper Priest River Falls to Mullan, but a few days later on the stateline trail along the Bitterroot Mountains, the leg injury got to be too much. He's now biked down the old Lewiston Grade and past Riggins, reaching the Mountain time zone; Landers reports that Erpelding took time off to don a suit and attend a legislative hearing in Boise this week, but will soon head back to pick up where he left off. You can read Landers' full post here.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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