Mike and Di ByCycle 2016 travel blog

A great site to spend camping for our last night along Lake...

Late afternoon sun on the tall trees at Selkirk State Park, Port...

Sunset over Lake Ontario - Selkirk State Park


Aug 23 - Fair Haven Beach State Park, it was supposed to reach down into the 40's last night!! Already??? But it didn't get quite that cool and it was a very comfortable night!! The downside of camping is waking up to the tent covered with dew and having to pack it up wet. We know we will get to camp tonight in time to dry it out in sunshine so, we just bundle it up and stuff it into the dry bags and set off!! It feels yucky to do that, but it is going to be hot today and we will survive! We had a very pleasant surprise to see the roads were much more level than they were yesterday!! That is a real relief as we know there are bigger hills and mountains waiting out there for us, but we were hoping to work into it slowly!! So today is what we needed after a first real day of hills yesterday!

At one of our "map check" stops a lady in a car stopped thinking we were lost! So of course we chatted as she stopped at the stop sign and got all of her best advice on places to camp and interesting places to stop on the way! We took her advice and took a little side trip to Mexico Beach where we had some lunch. It was about a mile off the main road, so I had to promise Mike I would buy him an ice cream if he rode down there with me to have a look!!

We only had a few more miles before we got to the next state park where we would camp for the evening. It was a short few miles as the road remained almost flat and wide open!! And as luck would have it, right at the entrance to the park, an ice cream shop!! I like to think I am good at keeping my word so we both had an ice cream! Hate to see a man eat ice cream all alone!!

Selkirk State Park was an amazing surprise! Somehow Mike thought he read it was an old park, but after reading information posted in the park, it was an old park! It was opened in 1929 and during the depression years the CCC built all of the buildings, the cabins and the furniture inside the cabins from wood harvested in the park and they improved the sea wall to protect the shore from the erosion. It was the most beautiful park I think we have been in yet! A long shaded entrance drive that opened up to grassy, shaded sites on the bluff overlooking Lake Ontario. Tonight would be our last night along the lake as we turn inward and head east tomorrow. It was a hot afternoon and the girls in the office gave us a perfect site under huge trees that gave us shade and a view of the lake. Nothing like a freeze dried Lasagna dinner to top off the evening!! A great night, perfect weather as the breeze stopped for the evening and a walk along the path thru the forest to watch the sunset over the lake!

Life is good and we continue to feel so grateful for this wonderful opportunity to take this trip!!

Thanks to everyone for sharing with us!!



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