DAY 10: September 04, 2011 (Sunday)
Mazama Campground to Rocky Point Lodge: 40 miles (244 thus far)
Thanked National Park Service fireman for allowing us a camping option last night. He was happy to do so. Gary had a smorgasbord breakfast at Annie Creek restaurant. I ate out of my panniers. We left the campground at 9:30 AM after Gary had taken a shower. Riding off the caldera and down the other side of the Cascade Range over which we had so laboriously ascended the past few days, it was pure adrenaline joy to rocket through the forest, coasting at speeds of 40+ miles per hour into the little town of Fort Klamath in the valley below. We stopped, got some bananas, nectarines, trail mix, and V8 Juice. Gary conversed with a fellow motorcycle touring rider, and I conversed with an outdoors author interested in learning about my publishing company. Just prior to noon, the valley temperature reached 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Gary’s progress improved markedly, as the ground was primarily flat, with high gears used all the way across the valley floor. On the other side, we re-entered the mountain foothills, and with temps now in the 80s and full sunshine, things slowed quite a bit. Our triking duo rolled into forested Rocky Point Lodge on Upper Klamath Lake at 5:30 PM, where we acquired a tiny campsite that barely had room for 2 trikes and 2 tents, but it was right on the water. While we were setting up camp, a powerful squall rolled through, with ultra high winds and some rain. It was short, only lasting a few minutes, but it blew over people’s tents, and made our own activities difficult. I took a shower, and then met Gary in the lodge restaurant for some delicacies and gourmet dinner overlooking the water. Rain fly on tent for first time tonight. Short rain during night, but still quite warm. By Day 10 of my 2009 trike journey, my Achilles tendons were very much inflamed, a condition that had been developing noticeably since the fourth day, but this trip, these tendons are as normal as ever, a result of using proper cycling shoes and a pedal binding system instead of using hiking shoes and pedal straps as I did before. This is good news, because after the ‘09 trek, I wondered if I would be able to trike long distances, or if I had some inherent problem that would keep me off the trike except for day rides now and then.