Today my friend Cat and her pups, biked across the Astoria-Megler Bridge arriving in Oregon. Her SAG wagon (my Roadtrek RV), Elsie the Cat and me, had gone on ahead to score a camp site at Fort Stevens State Park.
SAG stands for Service and Gear and long distance cyclists depend on them for safety, security and assistance when needed.
We spent about a week on the Olympic Peninsula and have been working our way, steadily south since then. Cat averages about 30 miles a day on her bicycle with her two dogs. What appears to be a distance to her, is a quick jaunt to the next camp site for me. The advantage to this quick jaunt, once I set up camp, is that I have the rest of the day to explore.
Where have my explorations taken me?
- I explored a church fair on Nanaimo Bay, Vancouver and then walked the waterfront on a warm afternoon.
Chemainus is a small town on the road south to Victoria, known for it's murals. You can take a carriage ride or find a map and walk the trail. The most notable place in this small town is Hansel & Gretel's Candy Company. I left with the most wonderful assortment of gourmet candies.
- Tea in Victoria included scones with clotted cream.
- Elwha Dam RV park is a small park. The new owners are trying to become bicycler friendly. When Cat arrived they gave her a dollar in quarters so she could take a shower.
- Cape Flattery was a 90 mile round trip day trip, worth every mile. It is the furthest west point in Washington.
Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center had two trails to venture no matter how briefly into the rainforest. One of the amazing sites were the large leaf maple trees covered with moss. Even though it was pretty dry, while we were here, everything spoke of moisture.
- After setting up camp at Quinault Lake I hiked my way to the lodge and went kayaking on a beautiful afternoon. This is a beautiful Lake that sits right where the 101 turns south and we said goodby to the Peninsula.
- We spent 2 days at Cape Disappointment State Park, WA. Having the extra day gave me a chance to bike the Discovery Trail for 14 miles. the light green dune grasses made for a pretty ride. Just on the other side of the dunes I could hear the waves of the Pacific crashing on shore.
- Bird Watching and Photography.
Now we are in Oregon just on the other side of the Columbia River from Cape Deception. It has been a fun day. After time away from the scurry of bigger cities we were excited to find a local Costco and Starbucks. Wifi has been sketchy at best on this part of the trip.
I have discovered many uses for the sag wagon. I am glad that I am able to help Cat out when she needs it. Here is my current list of sag wagon duties I have voluntarily taken on.
- Arrive at camp and set up Cat's tent. It is a pleasant surprise when she is weary from a long day.
- Grocery shop.
- On hot days (only one so far) meet up with her and pick up the dogs. It is less weight for her to tow and the dogs are thankful to be out of the heat. Cat wants everyone to know it was because the dogs were too hot not because she was wimp.
- Drive ahead and acquire campsites for the night.
- If I see anything note worthy along the way, text Cat and let her know if there is something she should be aware of (an interesting site or road work or a path that will get her off the road).
- Today I drove over the Astoria-Megler Bridge three times. I wanted to get a few photos of her on this 4.1 mile bridge.
- Locate Starbucks and other wifi sites.
Shopper, photographer, dog tender and more helps me to have purpose on this journey down the west coast of the United States. It has taken time for all of us to adjust. In the last few days it has begun to feel as if we are becoming a good working unit. Communication is key.
On rainy days like today, it is good to have a dry not so clean vehicle for all of us to hang out in. Cat and me, Dory, Bodhi and Miss Elsie the Cat.