I find myself today in North Bend, Oregon once again at a library computer terminal. The plan for today is to make it either to Sunset Beach State Park (which is only 10 miles away so it would be a short day of riding) or to Bullards Beach State Park in Bandon. I think the deciding factor will be how nice Sunset Beach park is.
The last few days have kinda slid by and things are ceartainly moving a bit quicker for me. I tend to get started around 10 now and ride until 5 or 6 at night which makes for some longer days. The hills are not as difficult as before and my average speed is getting better as time goes on. The weather is also playing in my favor for the time being so i’m trying to make as much out of it as possible.
I’ve managed to camp with the same set of people the last several nights. Alastair is a fellow from the UK who started up in Vancouver and is going all the way to the Mexico border. I met up with him on the barge from Washington to Oregon. The other guy is Fernando from Spain. We usually set up camp and share food around a table and talk about the days ride and where the plan for the following day will be.
On the topic of camping, i’ve been doing a lot of it in Oregon for several reasons. It’s cheap for hiker/bikers to camp for only $4 it’s a hard deal to pass up. The other reason is theres so many places to camp it would be foolish not to and the hammock has once again been holding up handsomely. And on sage like advice i’ve refrained from hanging it on trees that also have vines.
I’ll probably be in California in 2 or 3 days, the easy hills of Oregon will soon come to an end.