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Idaho legislator goes from hike to bike

Idaho state Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, took a break from his end-to-end trek of the state on Sept. 11 to attend a legislative committee meeting in Boise. He planed to return to Riggins to get on his bike an fishing the trip. He said he wouldn't shave until he reached Nevada. (courtesy)
Idaho state Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, took a break from his end-to-end trek of the state on Sept. 11 to attend a legislative committee meeting in Boise. He planed to return to Riggins to get on his bike an fishing the trip. He said he wouldn't shave until he reached Nevada. (courtesy)

TRAILS – 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 that supports the health of Idaho guides.

But he said a leg injury has forced him to change his plan from hiking the 950-mile Idaho Centennial Trail to continuing on a bicycle. 

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 too him.

His Facebook posts show him biking down the old Lewiston Grade and advancing to Riggins and the Mountain Time Zone.

On Wednesday, the outdoor educator and climbing guide said, “Left the bike up north, caught a ride Boise, put on a suit and am headed to interim Energy, Technology and Environment Committee meeting.

“However,” he added, vowing to finish his Idaho end-to-ender, “I am not shaving my face until I get to Nevada!” 




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