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By Griffen Smith
Pathfinder 

Ovando takes hit from loss of cyclists

 

Griffen Smith, Pathfinder

An informational sign sits across the street from the Blackfoot Commercial Company and Ovando Inn. The spot where the sign is located is a free place for bikers to sleep.

OVANDO - A cycling T-shirt hung for the first time on the side of Kathy Schoendoerfer's store, the Blackfoot Angler. On a normal year, hundreds of bike-packers, racers and cycling tours would have already passed through Ovando. However, this year they are only a trickle.

"It is not like they all spend a lot of money, especially in my shop, but they can pick up a T-shirt. It's just little things," said Schoendoerfer who manages the Ovando Improvement Fund. "They will visit the museum and make a donation. Without them there's no donation to the museum, I don't sell a t-shirt and trust me that...



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