Majestic wood carving of a Native American merman fighting a dragon...
After a good nights sleep, we road away from Bandon on our way to Humbug Mountain State Park. We ran into Ben along the way and stopped at a convenience store for lunch. I thought this would be like all of the other convenience stores along the way, but this seemed to be the hub of the little town of Langlois. There were people coming in and out of the store the whole time we were there, and like in the movies, they all knew each other. We got a bowl of chili each and sat down to eat. Halfway through our meal who shows up but Larry! We thought he would be long gone, especially since we took the day off, but it turns out he was still on track with us. He joined us for lunch which was fun. When we stared riding again, Derek and I noticed that Larry's front light was on (He has a generator hub that powers the front light, cool!). He was a ways back, but the light kept shining. I said he was our fairy god mother for the trip. We passed a field of ships which we stopped at for at least 10 minutes. They are just so darn interesting. They called to each other and all ran away at the same time. It was really funny. Later on we passed another souvenir shop and i got some salt water taffy and postcards. I don't know if I have ever had salt water taffy, but I found out I love it! I might even be addicted… Soon after the shop was a road with OCEAN VIEW painted on it. We had to go, and good thing we did. It was an amazing view of the ocean, cliffs and rock formations. Luckily, the route followed the coast directly so this was our view for a while. We reached Humbug Mountain State Park and set up camp, but not before I realized I broke two spokes. I was able to fix one, but the other could not be replaced. I did my best to true it, but we will see how long it lasts. We found out there was a beach access at the campground, so we ventured over there. It was super windy and super awesome! There was a stream going into the ocean that divided the beach in half. Boys will be boys, so we had to cross it. This involved getting our feet wet. The water is SO cold over here! After exploring a bit we went back to camp. After meeting a bunch of new cyclists we made dinner. We made the mistake of getting tomato paste for our pasta instead of pasta sauce. Note: Tomato paste is NOT, I repeat, NOT a substitute for pasta sauce. Gross. Big mistake. Never again. Tomorrow will be our last full day in Oregon. I can't believe how far we have come already!