It was a very quiet day. I lay in bed until 7:00 am listening to the birds. It was so nice to just lie there and not have to rush about thrashing the tent and getting your luggage on the trailer. It seems like there is more and more push to get everything done and out of camp early. On Saturday I loaded my luggage at 6:05 am and nominally luggage isn’t suppose to start loading until 6:15, yet I was close to the last to load. Greg even mentioned it at rider meeting that there is this big push to start early. I am hoping that after this week when all the sectional riders depart it will settle down.
I finally heard Ken T getting ready to leave for home so I crawled out of bed to say good bye to him and Rick. It was so good to travel with him again. I am looking forward to doing something with Ken in the near future. He left me his book “Pacific Crucible” by Ian W. Toll. It is an account of navel war in the Pacific from 1941-1942.
After Ken left I saw that the washing machines were idle so I gathered laundry, soap, and quarters and did a couple of loads. The sun was up and a nice breeze was blowing so I hung it to dry on my line. It always smells so nice after hanging to dry in the sun.
I walked up to main office and enjoyed a cup of coffee and some conversation with some of the other riders who were hanging a round.
After coffee Wally was back from his hike up to Devils Tower so the two of us went for a swim in the creek which is behind the campground. The banks were a little steep but the water was nice and warm. It was only about 2 feet deep so you could sit on the bottom letting the water flow around you. It was so peaceful and tranquil. We just floated around for about an hour. After we had crawled back up the bank and were walking back to the camp ground I noticed a “NO SWIMMING” sign.
An afternoon nap capped the day perfectly.
We are getting a lot of sectional riders for the next week. I think I heard there would be 75 people including staff. This is down from the 100+ in 2010 when I did this ride before, however 75 is still a lot and it will strain the resources to the limit. It is a beautiful week and I can understand why people want to ride this week.