Day 21 - Washburne State Park to Tugman State Park

Trip Start Jun 26, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Friday, July 16, 2010

We knew we had a tough day ahead today when we woke up with 50 miles and lots of little hills between 4 big hills so I was very reluctant to cycle today! The first hill was straight out of our campsite which isn't very easy when your muscles are still warming up, and we had the excitement/terror of another tunnel to go through. When we got to the top of the hill, thighs burning, we had a lovely little treat of the sea lion caves to experience! You take a lift down the cliff into the cave and the smell hits you like a 100mph truck! It was disgusting! Antek got used to it scarily quickly so I'm not sure what that says about him! There were about 60 sea lions hanging out in the cave but we couldn't get as close as I'd originally hoped but after being exposed to the smell I was quick to change my mind! On we road with again beautiful views of the ocean and we continued on into a town called Florence. We stopped for lunch right on the water and the owner of the cafe was very nice to us! For the past few nights I've been waking up freezing because my air mattress keeps deflating so we asked around for an outdoor store and were directed to a very strange shop! Inside the walls were covered with stuffed heads of elk, deer and various other antelope including a moose! On one side there was even a mountain lion and a bear skin stapled to the wall and rows and rows of guns- very freaky! Strangely they couldn't help us but directed us to the easiest point for us to get to the lake so we could test the mattress for leaks. When we got there we met a family of scuba divers who told us there were toilets, sinks, bikes, bowling balls etc in the lake and hardly any fish and described it as an 'underwater ghost town'. Antek gallantly hopped into the water to test for the leak and success! We found one! After an outstanding patch up job performed by myself, Antek decided to go for a swim. We got on the road again with 30 miles still to do but managed to happily sail through them quite quickly! We stopped at a town called Gardiner for a powerbar and so I could use the bathroom. I found myself in a very dark bar where the first thing that met my eyes was a sign over the first part of the bar saying 'Pervert Corner'. As this was my only option due to everything else being closed, I hotfooted it past the dodgy looking earlybird punters and found the bathroom. On my way out I was stopped by 3 of them for a chat and they were incredibly pleasant and hilariously tipsy. I soon made my escape and we continued on with the last 12 miles through the forested hills. We went over a bridge at one point and both nearly careered into the side when a red truck drove past and a black Labrador threw half of itself out the window and started barking at us! We've had a bit of an issue with the massive RVs and motor homes that never give us any space when they drive past at top speed but when we went into the bike shop yesterday we were provided with a very funny game where you add a certain rude word to the beginning of the names of the RVs which makes them much more entertaining! The man who told us about the game also told me I was sporting the 'Tour de France' look with my ripped shorts and half face tan! We started cycling past the Oregon dunes which were pretty spectacular and there was the offer of dune buggying and sand boarding available but due to time and money we had to resist! After climbing our last hill we made it to our campsite which is right on a lake, and if it wasn't so horribly cold would be so inviting after a long day in the saddle! There were signs up everywhere about a mountain lion being spotted in the park and instructions on what to do if you see one- hoping it won't be another close encounter like the bear! We had ravioli for dinner over our campfire and hit the hay ready for a (fingers crossed) flatter day tomorrow!
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Litka on

Ouch!! But you talk about your elbow and thigh cut still smiling - your'e real star!!!!

And you have a really fantastic way of writing - i hope you're saving these for a future book Pippa's Tour de NA !!

Thinking of you - take care of each other :-)

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