Day 2 – Porcupine Hills Bicycle Trip – Roadside Ditch to Hudson Bay Regional Park
Got up to a clear blue sky. “The mosquitoes were not quite as bad as yesterday” [the trip journal reports]. We packed up and pedaled about 6 km north on Road #983 to the Par Hill Lake campground to eat breakfast. Filled up water bottles at a small ice-cold stream [I guess we didn’t bother filtering or boiling it?? Likely before I knew much about Cryptosporidium and Giardia, aka beaver fever].
We stopped again for a break at Pepaw Lake picnic area (see map at bottom of previous post). The weather continued to be hot and sunny.
We continued north from #983 onto #982 (both gravel surface).
We arrived at the junction of 982 and Highway 9 around 12:30 p.m. Up to this time we had seen little traffic, only about three pickup trucks on the road.
There was much more traffic on the highway, including many logging trucks. Fortunately it had a nice wide, paved shoulder.
After riding north on Highway 9 for a short distance, we stopped for lunch at a cleared area in the forest used to store logging equipment. We took a brief rest/nap, and continued at 2 p.m.
We arrived at Hudson Bay Regional Park around 4:30 p.m. The park is a few kilometers south of the town of Hudson Bay.
After setting up camp, Gregg and I went swimming/wading in a small creek at the park.
We explored the town of Hudson Bay with unburdened bicycles.
Ate supper back at camp. Called home from pay phone. Enjoyed a luxurious shower, knowing it would likely be our last on this trip. A total 110 kilometers cycled from Swan Plains (since yesterday evening) according to the digital speedometer. Then to bed before the sun set.