(September 11 – written by Dave)
Tap, tap, tap, anyone there? Hello, is anyone out there? We are at Pine Flat Lake and I’m pretty sure that we are the only ones here. The only ones in the campground for sure. Perhaps the only ones at the lake as well. There is no one in the other 10 campsites and we can’t see a single home or house from where we are sitting. It is ghostly quiet really.
We followed the Adventure Cycling route today from Oakridge to here and as the day went on, traffic became less and less. The last road was a real goat track with no cars at all. Then we get here. What happened, did a war start somewhere and we were not informed? Is everyone glued to CNN? When starting this trip, I didn’t think it was possible to be in the middle of nowhere in this part of California. Well, we are in the middle of nowhere, with no one around to verify it.
As we got our pick of the campsites, we have the best view overlooking Pine Flat Lake (it really should be called Pine Flat Reservoir). We are sitting here now after dinner watch thunder and lightning roll across the hills on the far side of the lake. This, with no people and the feeling of being out all on our own – now you know why I’m worried.
Other than fears of the world ending, we had a good day. We rode 55 miles and climbed over 4,000 feet. We had a couple 1,500 foot climbs and a couple other short steep ones. We had morning tea in North Fork and lunch in Auberry. Neither town is big but they were massive cities compared to what we’ve found here at Trimmer. Trimmer is on the map, same font size as North Fork and Auberry but it doesn’t really exist in real life. Tonight Trimmer consists of Nancy and I – and no more.
Tomorrow we are in a bit of a quandary. First thing we’ll get up and check CNN to figure out what’s really happening. All things being OK with the world, we’ll eat and go for a bike ride. We have a destination that is 49 miles away but it includes over 7,000 feet of uphill – we probably can’t do that. Anyway, here comes the rain – so I’m heading to the tent where I’ll find my senior editor. We’ll see if we can get this post to go out…
Photos of the day follow…