Category Archives: Camping

Block Island Bike Tour

We camped out at Burlingame the night before. 
In the morning, we ate breakfast at Two Gulls Cafe, and then took the high-speed ferry over to the island with our bikes.
 Our route:

 First an out and back from the dock to the Northern lighthouse,

 Then around the perimeter of the island (with stops for an Arnold Palmer from one of the many lemonade stands and checking out the Southeast lighthouse).

We then stopped for lunch near the dock and afterwards rode back up to Rodman’s Hollow where we hiked to the beach for a swim and a short nap 🙂

Once we were finished at the beach, we rode back down the hill via Old Town Rd and got ice cream while waiting to take the ferry back to the mainland!

XC Bike Trip Training

The race logo!
Scenery on the ride there.

Exploring Bennington College
Sunday morning @ our little tent site with the cheery little camper inside!! 🙂
Map of the day’s ride, including the ride down to Dunkin Donuts for food and coffee before we started the marathon course.  The numbers along the route denote the mileage at that point in our ride, in 5 mile increments.  The total distance that this shows obviously doesn’t take into account the detours we took, both on purpose and by accident.


Graph of the elevation for the whole ride… on either side of mile ~30, it should be a mirror image.

Highlights, in chronological order:
-Waking up next to a nice little pond in our cozy sleeping bags and tent 😉
-Cameron’s shorts
-Watching the start and then getting breakfast even though we didn’t have time for the Diner
-Leaving ~1hr after start  and enjoying good weather and scenery for the 1st half of the ride
-Cheering on Cameron @ about mile 20!
-Cheering on Julie (& Casey) @ about mile 21!
-Cheering on Charity @ about mile 24!
-Following Charity through the finish (~3hrs, 27 mins)
-Seeing a random lady collapse near the finish :-/
-Cameron finishing under 4hrs
-Julie (&Casey) finishing… hopefully Julie will qualify for Boston next time around
-Snacks at the finish line
-Rachel betting me a gatorade that she could run over a orange traffic cone without crashing.  I was happy to lose this bet and cough up the change @ Stewarts 🙂
-Riding in light rain
-Getting a little wet and dirty
-Getting soaked and covered in dirt from the road
-Rachel getting hangry and acting like a person from the Snicker’s commercials “You’re not you when you’re hungry”
-Riding up the big hills back to the start line
-Changing into dry clothes in the field where the car was parked
-Eating our leftovers from Chili’s the night before on our ride home

1/2 CCRT + NSP Loop

From Nickerson State Park to Wellfleet and back. Plus a loop inside the park and stops for the beach, lunch and ice cream! (Couldn’t do exact route we followed around the pond, but the mileage is close enough! 🙂
Feel free to add the pictures from your phone 🙂

——————————————————Rachel’s Section——————————————————

Ok here we go….

“Good morning, I don’t want to get out of bed, so I’ll take pictures of you instead!”

Yum yum, what a hearty breakfast! Bacon, eggs, and toast.

You prepare for the big ride. Action shot of teeth brushing!

“I’m going to squinch up my nose to make a focused face and show you where we are on the map, even though you clearly aren’t paying attention because you keep taking pictures of me.”

Dang, you look so cool when you get on that bike.

The beach! The calm before the hunger storm. 

Looking radical in my sunglasses with a very wide stance. 
What a wonderful ride! 🙂

Tim Pond Scenery

This is one of the gates that you have to get through to get into Tim Pond. It is at the top of the hill where I called you from. As you can see, I took this while I was up there on my bike to talk to you, but I thought it would be a fitting picture to start this post off with.

These next two pictures are pretty self-explanatory. On the left is K-lee in the pond just down a little path from our cabins, so it can give you a little perspective on the size of the pond and what the view is like. On the right is a hammock which is also near our cabins. I took my book and read in it one nice day. With a pillow its a perfect spot for reading.

The next picture is of my book, “Alaska BEAR Tales” It is really good, I’m only half way through it, but hopefully I will keep going and finish it at home. It spooked me a little bit when I was up late reading it with my headlamp after the lights went out at night. It made me keep looking around all the time I went out biking on the dirt roads alone. The picture below to the right is of me at the shale pit. It was about a 4 mile ride to the bottom of the hill that goes up to the pit, which as you can see overlooks the pond and the surrounding area. Its a little off-kilter because I put it on a self timer on a loose rock on the wall. But it worked out pretty well, and then I rode down the wall and down the big hill and back to camp which in the larger version of the picture you can make out. The left grip on my handlebars covers up most of it though, and it is pretty tough to see.

This is the view of camp from the boat, one night we went out fishing. This was before harvey (one of the owners of the camp and the owner of the plane) left. And I missed him leaving, because I like watching planes take off and land, especially on the pond. And he always buzzes the camp after he takes off. Anyways, I thought it was a good picture

This blurry little picture is of the coyote Casey and I saw while fishing one night. It was really dark and the shore was pretty far away, but you can make out its figure. Casey thought he was hunting some birds on the shore or something. He hung out for a while while we fished.

This picture I took from my bike while Casey and I were biking around the pond. I had an opportunity to get a better picture of her when we first saw her, because we were pretty close and she was facing us, but I didn’t have my camera out. And she got a little bit ahead of us while I was getting my camera out, but I managed to get this picture of her running ahead while I was riding.

As you can see, we all had a really good time relaxing, eating well, and doing a few outdoorsy activities. Even the dogs had a good time together, especially Clarke and Grover this day!!

I don’t know why this is all underlined..

This last picture on the left is of me on the phone with you at the top of the hill, looking the other way. On the other side, it was finally time to leave :(. That’s a picture of Willy and Grover waiting to leave in the back of Jon’s car.

I have plenty of other pictures I will post about the hike we did, and then just other randoms hanging out at camp. I will show you the rest when you are here.