A friend and I camped out at Stub Stewart State Park Friday night so that we could have one more night away from the city lights. It was a bit cold and wet but definitely worth it.
The next morning, we packed up a bit early and headed back down the Banks-Vernonia trail to get some breakfast and to meet up with the rest of the Cycle Wild group.
12 Hardy Cyclists, some veterans of the group and others new, braved the sun, rain, sleet, hail, and wind to ride out to Scaponia for a night of camping as part of another Cycle Wild trip. We stocked up on food from the Thriftway and headed North up the Banks-Vernonia trail. A third time for me in 24 hours.
Arriving in Vernonia for a late lunch, the group decided it would be much nicer to stay at the campground at Anderson Park. There was a pavilion, heated showers, fire pits, clean water, nearby shops and a Chinese restaurant, but it was the playground that sold us on staying the night. Several riders braved an additional 11 miles up the road to our original destination to report that the site was muddy, noisy and the water spout tasted of sulfur.
Overall, the experience of camping here was quite pleasant. There were several riders that were new to Cycle Wild, and at least one that was completely new to camping by bike.
Another rider, Rick Olson has an excellent write-up on the Osprey Blog.
Matt Picio, founder of Cycle Wild, has some more picture on his Flickr Stream.
See the rest of my photo set.