August 3, 2013
Distance: 31.5 miles Climbing: 918.6 ft
We woke up late to another beautiful day. After taking down the tent, breakfast and packing everything away, we noticed a sign. Apparently, there was some sort of a trail that headed out onto an island we were next to. We weren’t planning on going to far, so figured going on a little walk was a good idea. The walk was short and led us to a waterway with a little hand ferry. We immediately took the opportunity to play on it. Ah, how easily amused we are at times!
Eventually, we pulled ourselves away from the toy and got on the road. We kind of ended up just plowing through the miles. We didn’t have any specific places to visit along the way, so just headed to the next free campsite in the general direction we wanted to go.
We got to the free campsite and there was another tent set up right next to the water pump, so if we tried to use the pump, it would spray the tent. We thought that was a little strange, but set up our tent, the solar panel the charge the tablet and made ourselves at home. As we made dinner, a young man biked up to the tent and explained that the water was not safe for drinking. A few of his friends then cycled up and set up another two tents. They were friendly and explained that the first friend living at the campsite for the summer. Oh ok, interesting. When everyone was done getting situated, all three boys left. We set up our hammocks to relax for evening.
We were both really tired and fell asleep before 10pm and before the boys returned. We heard them come back sometime later, but weren’t too worried. WRONG!!! They were fine at first, they made a bonfire and weren’t too loud. Occasionally, one of the boys would yell out “HELLO” and then laugh hysterically. We were both so exhausted that we would wake up for a moment, but then fall right back to sleep. Around 1am, another kid motorbike came and started to rev and rev and rev the engine, right next to our tent. I was just about the get out of the tent and give these teenagers the stern adult talking to about keeping quiet, but then it was perfectly quiet again and I fell back to sleep. The random shout/laughter continued through most of the night.
Next time, we won’t stay at a free camp so close to the road or a town.