Team work and good attitudes made this the best bike camping trip!
I've hung my tent to dry, I'm somewhat successfully resisting the urge to scratch my mozzie bites, and drinking lots of water while my cats make sure I'm recovering properly by sitting on me so I can't get off the couch. A fantastic opportunity to post a couple of photos, reflect, and ..I'M DEFINITELY NOT SCRATCHING.
Even with a threat of rain and thunderstorms, a crew of 20 rode out to Carver and 18 stayed to camp! How's that for impressive attendance? While I nervously watched the radar, sought out the nearest shelter (vault toilets!) in case of a weather emergency and got texts about hail in Minneapolis, our campground went relatively unscathed by the two red areas on the radar that skimmed us by mere miles. At one point I'm pretty sure I jumped into Erin's lap because the thunder that boomed directly over us. But instead of spending time in our tents waiting out the rain, we drank and ate and were merry around the fire. Brilliant luck.
We had at least six people that had never bike camped before, and I hope they had a great first time. It's all about teamwork and a positive attitude!
Some people made food, some provided firewood, some people used their bikes to anchor a tarp, people shared tents, hauled equipment for others... this was the most helpful, all-hands-on-deck group! People pulled 8-foot long trailers, all sorts of gear including three pounds of bacon and a whole lotta coffee. We had poppy seed pancakes and fresh fried fish and bacon and BACON and bratwurst.
Even though I gave sketchy routing directions and kind of missed the boat on getting a group camping site in time, I'm not sure I would change anything. I'm proud to say that all mechanical issues were dealt with efficiently and effectively, and that no tears of defeat were shed along the trail. In spite of the rain it appeared that everyone was outfitted and comfortable.
Do you have any suggestions for next year? (Because.. YES, there will be a next year!)