The brightest night of the lunar cycle is as good a time as any to go ride a bike. In North Idaho, there are now three opportunities to join other earthlings and pedal under the full moon.
The Full Moon Bike Club (FBC) in Sandpoint turned 7 in April and will be holding their 94thFull Moon Fiasco this month. They meet at Eichardt’s Pub and Grill at 8 p.m., ride at 9 p.m., take a different route each month, and sometimes see a moose. Spoke card sales raise money for some good causes. Follow them on Facebook or at Fbcsandpoint.net for exact dates and reviews of past rides.
In 2018, a small group of community-minded businesses in Coeur d’Alene got together and picked up the full moon ride torch from the Lake City Lunar Landers, who had been organizing rides for about four years. The CDA Full Moon Ride has since grown into a lively year-round event with fun for the whole family. For the July 16 ride, the pre-party begins at 6 p.m. at Slate Creek Brewing Company, with the ride starting at 8 p.m. Stops include Independence Point and Coeur d’Alene Cider Company. Follow CDA Full Moon Ride on Facebook and Instagram (@cdafullmoonride) for updates and how to volunteer.
Brand new this year, the Route of the Hiawatha is hosting monthly full moon rides on the trail: $32/person includes a shuttle and $60 gets you an additional t-shirt, water bottle, and snacks. The July 16 ride meets at 8 p.m. at the East Portal and is suitable for ages 13 and older. Pre-paid reservations only. Call 208-744-1301 ext. 19 to reserve and go to RideTheHiawatha.com for more info.