Since the last blog we entered Oregon and have slowly been working our way down the coast. You may have picked up that we found Washington state tough. Long roads, no views and empty campsites…. In the main. Since leaving cannon beach the hiker-biker community has been amazing and I can’t help thinking how wonderful this would have been when cycling from lands end to John o’groats…. Maybe Scotland could take a lead.
While we have wild camping as an option back home the hiker-biker set ups have created a fantastic community. As we follow a pretty scheduled route ( most folk are using same book or maps put out by the adventure cycling association), all cycle roughly 45-60 miles per day and aim for hiker biker sites to stay in in state parks the opportunity to share tips, make friends and chivvy each other on is fantastic. In Oregon the sites charge just 5 dollars per person to provide space to pitch a tent and get a hot shower.
So,for the past week we have been cycling with Tom, met numerous other cyclists and have been thoroughly enjoying this latest section of the route. My tent now has split poles again, my cyclist suntan is really coming on and my waist line remains neutral. Most importantly I have made more new friends and that’s the best thing about hiker-biker. Hiker-biker for the uk please. I’m in.