Friday, July 30, 2010

ride for africycle day four

selkirk shores state park - rest day

after i'd had my fill of the fireworks i decided to head back to the campsite. good idea, bad mistake. i had no flashlight, no idea where the campsite was, no site number nothing. so i got hopelessly lost! it's been a while since i've been so completely lost and felt that gut-wrenching fear feeling. quite a while.
let me tell you, it isn't pretty.
so i walked and walked and walked and eventually started asking people how i could figure out where i was staying. i can only imagine what they were thinking! i lucked out though after bumping into two guys on bikes with lights who, after i explained my predicament, went to the main gate, got a map and then asked me to describe what i saw when we first entered the campground.
from that they were able to direct me to my campsite. phew!

of course when i got there, everyone else was already there! ha! so after a beer and some time by the campfire i finally fell asleep only to be woken by super loud snoring from the campsite about thirty feet from me. i really felt sorry for this guy's wife and kids. it was so loud almost everyone talked about it the next day.

sometime in the night a raccoon walked over the bike shorts i had left out to dry.
click on the pic to enlarge it and see the little guy's muddy footprints.

morning in selkirk shores. nice and quiet. peaceful even!

the blue tent was so expansive it had its own entranceway! we called it "the taj".
the occupants claimed that it had air-conditioning, and several other features
that were the exclusive privilege of the occupants!

no pics from today for some reason but a couple of stories to share. i went for a grocery run to a town about ten km away called pulaski. a nice ride through rolling countryside and then into a giant air-conditioned supermarket - picked up veggies and fruit and stuff for nachos. people were really nice in that town.

when i got back to camp there was a cyclist camped next to us who was making his way from a little town just south of thunder bay to montreal. check that out on a map. that's one righteous long journey! he and i got talking about riding and bikes and beer and then we headed out on a beer run.

we invited him to join us for dinner and he added some hot peppers and spices to our nachos.

before the sunset, we all headed down to the beach and had some intense games of beach volleyball.

tomorrow we're waking at 6 a.m. to try and get most of our riding in before the heat gets really bad.

directions to the nearest grocery store if you want fresh fruit and vegetables!

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