Day 2, I met-up with Patrick late in the day. He is one of the potential companions I met through Crazyguyonabike. Nice guy. He arrived at the campsite at Twin Harbor just as the sun was setting. Of course, I checked out his bike and equipment. He is on a Diamondback hybrid, and pulling a Bob. He uses multiple bags for equipment, which seems effective for compartmentalizing and organizing…. like multiple panniers. He uses an iphone. I’ve come to envy that particular device, but it’s not something I’ll do, as it doesn’t fit into my budget. Ah well, we all have our limitations;0)
Patrick, with his iphone and his skill with electronics, is a good navigator. In the spring, I was pretty “bogged down” witht he whole concept of navigation. The limitation is that we don’t always ride together. Fortunately, there aren’t many turns along the way.
Twin Harbor provided us with a very pretty campsite, warm showers, and fresh water. Good thing we loaded up on water, as there aren’t always a lot of opportunities to refill along the way. We cycled to Lake Sylvia State park that day. The last mile up to the park provided me with the chance to tax my muscles a bit, with a tough little climb.
Lake Sylvia had hiker/biker sites also. We can share one of these, which only cost $12.00. So it only cost me $6 for the night. We are alternating who pay each night. The one at Twin Harbor was just large enough for 2 tents and the picnic table. It would have been a stretch to light a fire in the fire ring, as I would have worried about sparks burning holes in the tents. At Lake Sylvia, the site was much larger. Lake Sylvia is just above Montesane, which is where we headed for breakfast and laundry. Laundry came first, which meant it was actually time for lunch by the time we were able to get over to Savory Faire. I got a Roquefort burger, which was delicious. The cafe had some plastic “air press” coffee presses. They were very tempting, even at $30, but seemed to be entirely too large to carry in my panniers. Coffee isn’t so bad in the tea filter I have, but I think I need some paper filters to help prevent the sludge in the bottom of my cup.
From Montesano, we headed toward Bay Center. Fortunately, we each loaded up on water. This day didn’t provide many opportunities to replenish our water supply. The scenery was a lot of mud flats, and mud flats with vacationers digging for steamer clams.
At the end of the day, we decided not to go to Bay Center, as it requires an “out and back” we weren’t interested in doing, when we didn’t feel there was anything remarkable to see there. We stayed at Bruceport County Park in a very spacious hiker/biker campsite. The ground was soft and it was lovely. We haven’t yet, bought wood for a campfire. Dinner was smoked garlic sausage and noodles. Yummy!