Wednesday, July 28, 2010

ride for africycle day three (part three)

kingston to selkirk shores state park 110 km (part three)

after turning into selkirk shores state park, i set up the tent. it went up with ease - i found myself thinking that perhaps i was getting good at it! see, every night the set up went differently. it's an easy tent to set up but i'm pretty sure there's a "first do this, then this, then this" to it that i just never quite figured out.

preparing for an evening in the woods.

a woods filled with bicycles - nice bicycles!

and then horror of horrors we discovered we were running low on beer so two of the guys took off on their bikes with tent bags slung over their shoulders and returned with full bags!!
a mission that will be spoken of with reverence for generations to come!!

it was getting late and so we decided to make our way to the beach for the sunset. which we saw through the woods, but the sun had worked hard that day and so it dropped like a stone into the sea before we got there.

the afterglow was simply gorgeous.

especially in the company of extraordinary people.

people who know that when you're on a beach made up of flat-sided pebbles
there are at least three things you should do.
build little inukshuks, have a distance throwing contest, and then of course, a stone skipping contest.

the sea doesn't mind. it'll send those same pebbles back to shore
for some other people to play with in ten, twenty, maybe a hundred years.

the fourth of july rockets and fireworks exploded up and down the shoreline
as far as we could see in every direction.
tomorrow's a rest day.
my body needs it.

here are the google maps for travelling from kingston to selkirk shores state park.


  1. No great cyclists would win a major race if it were not for their teams and dedicated "domestiques", the cyclists who go back to the team car to fetch water bottles for the team leaders. So what can we say about fellow africyclists who save the day (or the night) by going back for beers? That's a great anecdote, I truly know what you mean when you say they will "be spoken of with reverence for generations to come". Send photos when they put up the statues and monuments

  2. Great photos Steve. It is one of my favourite things to do: stacking rocks on top of one another. I was pretty surprised by Dave Barber's gorilla arms. He could throw a rock farther than the rest of us combined!

  3. lorenzo that's entirely true - it made the ride that much easier and way more fun to have people grabbing little bits of roles as they went along. it was entirely dynamic so we just did what needed to be done as we went along. steven

  4. hey dave (r.f.a. dude), i wish i could have measured those throws - they were so crazy far. dave could've been a major league outfielder! steven