Bike campin' season seems far off at the moment, but it's really just a coupla warmish weeks away. Bike camping adventures are just the best times, best memories ever, IMO. Thinking about the next season's trips became a winter pastime last year which, I guess, makes it a tradition this year.
A trip that I hair-brained last year came up in conversation at the hang tonight. I really hope to make it a reality in '11.
The basic deal is this: A nutso couple, Matt and Amanda Webb, down in St Johns, plowed under their field and dug some canals and filled them up with water, all Field Of Dreams-like, a coupla years ago. In this case, the "they" part of the 'build it and they will come' equation is sprint boat racers. Yep, these insane mothers . . .
So we now have a very legit and raucous sprint boat event a mere 50 bikable miles to the south. But wait, there's more.
Just a few miles from St John is Rock Lake. And if you drink just enough but not too much beer at the races, the ride from Webb's Slough to the lake could be quite enjoyable. Once there, what's not to like about camping overnight on these shores. You picked up a loaf of Wonder bread, some Oscar Mayer baloney and a small French's mustard at the mini-mart before you left St John, so party's on.
Scoot back into Spo the next morning like nothing ever happened. What happened at the lake stays at the lake. I'm not sure you could do this in 24 hours and still make the races. Might have to be an S28O. Probably owe ourselves a breakfast stop in Cheney. S29O then. So be it.
At this point, you're either with me or against me. I hope to not have to enjoy this all by myself, but I will if need be. If staying warm at night is your only concern, I hear the rattlesnakes like to sneak in and snuggle up, so don't worry about that. This year's race dates are June 18th & August 27th. You don't have to commit right now. Just think about it.