I peeked out of my tent again, this time by a beach near Coos Bay, Oregon. It was my 6th night in Oregon, and even though the state is small enough to ride through in a week, I decided; What’s the point of hurrying when the scenery is so good?
Except today the views weren’t as great. It had rained most of the night and according to the forecast, would keep raining until the following day. I didn’t mind. This time I’d actually get to rest on my rest day! There was plenty of food and water to wait out the weather. Plus my phone, laptop and power bank were all at full charge. I was comfortable right where I was. Or was I?
I had found my secluded spot late in the previous night. On the way I had passed the much bigger beaches, and State Parks which several people had recommended as a great camping spot. When I rode by one State Park in the evening it was absolutely full of people (well, full to me). I counted 12 tents, 10 trailers and several campfires, and those were just the ones I could see where I was standing. The State Parks are indeed beautiful, but that’s a little too many tourists for my liking.
You see, I don’t like crowds when camping. I enjoy meeting people, and I’m always disappointed if someone at a rest stop avoids eye contact, or responds in a mild “not interested” kind of way to my usual Hello. But I really prefer people in small doses. Honestly, large groups and crowds when I’m tired tend to make me slightly anxious. And for me, it’s not camping if I can’t visit the bushes without being seen by half a dozen people. So I didn’t stay.
With the sound of rain on my tent fly, I spent the day quietly doing blog stuff, napping, eating, and just generally allowing my muscles to recover. It’s very important that I remember to rest even when not forced to by the weather. Although the actual cycling is very slow (until I teach Ginger to pull) and relaxed and much less strenuous than you might imagine for this kind of journey, some amount of rest is still required even at my pace.
By Brian Nadon