coeur d alene living/riding?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by joerc211v, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. joerc211v

    joerc211v Adventurer

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    Might be taking a job in CDA. I'm living in Fort Collins CO right now. Nice size town lots of bars breweries (college town). Closest single track is an hour in the truck. The good stuff is 2+. Is CDA really single track paradise? Is it pretty wet in the summer. I lived on the Oregon Coast for a couple years in the 90's. Beautiful place but I like the sunshine! What are your guys thoughts? Idaho state income tax is steep. I would be taking the job for less stress and a few less hours. Possible 4 day work week. One weekend day required to work.
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    JoeEMS
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  2. firecrotch

    firecrotch Been here awhile

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    Gah you luclky bastard-lol. Thats my dream location. I would kill to have a Decent job there. Killer riding, 1/2 hr to spokane, extremely scenic, four full seasons, Montana is right there, people are super cool and laid back, low cost of living and taxes.
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  3. Alpha One Nine

    Alpha One Nine Been here awhile

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    I live in Spokane but my favorite off-road ridng is in north Idaho.

    This place is just a few minutes from downtown CDA.
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  4. Bungholio

    Bungholio Long timer

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    I rode there in 2009. It was actually my first out of state trail riding and was a month after getting my 530. CF mt.
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  5. linkweewee

    linkweewee tantum quantum

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    I bought an '07 DL1000 in Sandpoint a few years ago with 6800 miles on the clock for $3800.00 if that helps. :1drink
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  6. shortbus4x4

    shortbus4x4 Been here awhile

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    I moved here a year and a half ago from Humboldt County CA. There is lots of riding, you can even get kits to put on your bike to ride it in the snow. My riding buddy from CA that moved here about 6 years before me lives about 30 minutes north of Sandpoint and says he can do about 80 miles of SINGLE track from his front door.:clap My Snap-on guy has his quad street licensed even.:D Everything is cheaper here than CA except for sales tax on food. As far as weather it is lots sunnier than the coast and drier too. I don't think it rains much but some of the locals seem to think so. Sun is the one reason we moved, my wife couldn't handle the overcast greyness anymore.
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  7. Idarider

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    Some of my favorite road rides are through that area in the May-October range, I generally stay near Spirit Lake for a few days in May.
    The loop around to Troy Mt is always good.
    From November to April you had better like snow a lot, or get a trailer and bring the bike and the golf cart to Lewiston any time of year.
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  8. peterman

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    Yeah,,but he never rides it! :1drink
    It's blue, matches his eyes,,he shines it a lot,,:deal :lol3
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  9. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Gentleman of Liesure

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    I live right in Cda and can ride from there to Montana on almost all single track. There's a group of us single trackers that ride every weekend most of the year. PM me when you get in town and I'll show you the trails. There is some super fun relaxing trails all the way up to super gnarly...
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  10. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    Wait.... You are moving here FOR work?!! That is a first!

    There are trails in/near CDA, but the good stuff (endless singletrack) is about 30-45 minutes drive from there. Canfield gets old, but I guess it's better than nothing. If you are moving here to ride, live in Pinehurst and drive over the pass for work in CDA like I used to. It is a great little town. Rent for a 2BR house with a garage was $350 a month, and I could ride from my doorstep.
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  11. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    If you like Ft Collins, you will probably like CDA, even though the pachyderm herd here is at time a bit overwhelming. Lots of great riding near here, and a vibrant scene in town, if you are into that.. The outlying small towns are pretty quiant for most folks taste. Bring yer bike an yer guns and have a rootin tootin time!
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  12. Raul Duke

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    JoeEMS - let me know how it goes, my wife is considering a job in Sandpoint which means I would be a CO transplant in the area as well. I'm kinda spoiled living in Woodland Park, so I'm hoping it will be comparable in the ST department.
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  13. dhally

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    I thought the Coeur d'Alene itself was one big traffic jam (compared to Dry Shitties). Real estate seemed expensive at least close to town although that could have changed in the last few years. The best any city can claim is it is CLOSE to good riding...

    The other thing to keep in mind is that whole area including Spokane has very few good jobs (if the one you get doesn't work out.)
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  14. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Gentleman of Liesure

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    Within 45 minutes there is some of the best. Huge mix of terrain and skill level. XRs4ever hit the nail on the head.... Wallace and silver valley is awesome. Canfield is fine for quick trips. Batey Boukd is an hour. 30 minutes to bay view... Mckrosky, st joe, freeze out. Moyie is close if you're in Sandpoint. Camp where ever you want, etc.
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  15. Idarider

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    I have to agree with everyone who loves the area since I go there and enjoy it also but winter is long there. If you love snowmobiles too you will be in paradise, just make sure you get a place that will hold lots of toys.
    A road not too foar from CDA tonight BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
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  16. Raul Duke

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    Sorry JoeEMT, I didn't mean to hijack this thread...:lol3

    I grew up in WI, so I'm no stranger to long cold winters.:lol3 I do like the idea of getting back into sleds again - I sold all of mine when I moved to CO - I really do miss it.

    So, what does the riding season look like there for both bikes and sleds? Bikes here are pretty much year round if you are willing to drive an hour or two, but the higher mountain trails (+8,500') near my house melt out in late March and usually stay open until Oct/Nov. Ski season is usually Thanksgiving until April.

    Anyone care to show me some singletrack goodness if I make it out there for a bit this summer to check things out?

    Thanks!
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  17. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    :y0! :y0! <---- (That is me and Kootenai Rider.)
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  18. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Gentleman of Liesure

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    Yup, that can be arranged.
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  19. Raul Duke

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    You guy rock!:super
    Thanks!
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  20. Swan3609

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    I never ride much around Canfield. But it is where I jump into the mtns from. It's 5mins from my house and then I can access hundreds of miles of trails.

    I miss the cda area so much now that I am down at school in Boise. I loved that from my house, I could do 4 hours trips on my XR and be out in BFE. And then make it back into town in time for work. I will say that the winters can be long, but I havnt seen anywhere in the PNW that I would rather live. I might consider moving to a smaller town like Sandpoint since cda is getting big, but I still love it.



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