A more adventurous cycling tour! – pt VII

Wednesday 25th May

What a luxury, sleeping in a proper bed. And then having a reasonably leisurely breakfast at a cafe (the Moose Muck!) before heading off. Only 60 miles to cover today, although we are heading into the White Mountains National Forest. Mountains. Hm.

Heading towards those there mountains.

Heading towards those there mountains.

The days ride was pretty nice. By now, I’m getting into the swing of things and slowly getting used to cycling all day in the heat. Slowly mind you. And I’m still getting through an impressive amount of drinking water.

The ride to the White Mountains was reasonably smooth with the only real excitement coming when Micha missed a turning. Rather than trying to catch up with him (a futile plan!) I decided to just sit and wait for him to notice that I was no longer following… the best part of an hour later he finally retraces his steps and finds me waiting at the junction!

This train literally stretched as far as I could see in both directions.

This train literally stretched as far as I could see in both directions.

There's a surprising number of level crossings in this area.

There’s a surprising number of level crossings in this area.

Getting closer to those there hills.

Getting closer to those there hills.

We approached the White Mountains National Park from the north, but were wanting to camp on the south side. Which meant a few extra hours of crossing the forest. Which sadly, didn’t have a proper road surface. And some of it was pretty steep. And increasingly hot. And increasing numbers of mosquitoes. After a while, we gave up trying to cycle up the hills, as the wheels just skidded on the gravel. Cue pushing for a while.

More trees!

More trees!

All this effort was worthwhile though, as we saw a beaver happily swimming around in a lake! He even gave us time to take a photo 🙂

Hello Mr Beaver!

Hello Mr Beaver!

and swimming back the other way.

and swimming back the other way.

We made it to the Zealand campsite for late afternoon, and set up camp.

I wonder how long this pump has been here for.

I wonder how long this pump has been here for.

Another chipmunk

Another chipmunk

One tricky issue was what to do about the bears. While we hadn’t seen any sign of bears, there were plenty of warnings.

We should probably take this seriously?

We should probably take this seriously?

Apparently, all food, and anything that might smell interesting to a bear, must be left in your locked vehicle. I’m not sure how this advice is applied to bikes though. Instead, we decide to hang the food from a high up tree branch. This turns out to be quite tricky, as we have no rope, or much in the way of useful items. Time to improvise!

Success! Even if it did take us an embarrassingly long time to sort out.

Success! Even if it did take us an embarrassingly long time to sort out.

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