Ecojustice Blog – Special Update Posted on June 21, 2011 (updated: June 21, 2011)

Gavin Smith’s Bike Ride for Ecojustice: Day 2

When we last left off, Gavin gave us the scoop on the first leg of his fundraising trip for Ecojustice. He had left Ottawa with a little help from his friends and ending the with a little skinny dipping. On Day 2, he confronts the loneliness of his adventure after a fork in the road.

Day 2
June 12 – Serenity Bay RV Park and Campground, Mink Lake, just before Eganville
Distance Travelled: 86.52 km

Had difficulty motivating myself to get out of the tent with Jenna, who I wouldn’t see for over three weeks, until we meet to continue the trip together in Fargo, North Dakota. I didn’t part ways with everyone until 12:45 p.m. because it took us a bit of time to get packed up, eat and bike to the fork in the road where I went one way and they went the other. The goodbye was hard so I made it quick and maybe forced it a bit. I’ll be seeing Jenna in three weeks. Who knows when I’ll see Rosa and Andrew again. Hopefully soon.

Morale dipped at several points on the trip. There were cloudy skies, a strong headwind and an almost constant uphill once I left the Ottawa River. Plus we had left late, so I was making bad time. Most importantly, I was alone and I knew it was going to last for a long while.

Just a few kilometres before Eganville, I ran into Serenity Bay campground. They didn’t really have any tent sites (it seemed toe be entirely for RVs), but the guy let me camp in the horseshoe field next to the washrooms for $5. Booyah. It was actually a totally fine spot and the campsite was right on Mink Lake with a great dock. It also had the stongest community feel of any RV park I’ve ever been to (not that I’ve been to many). A nice Franco-Ontarian woman kept trying to offer me blankets.

Felt good by the end of the day.

Tomorrow, we’ll bring you Day 3 of Gavin’s trek, where stopping to watch Game 6 of the Canucks-Bruins game turns out to be a mistake.

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