Barview Jetty campground is nestled next to the beach and the waves made crashing sounds all night. It It rained all night while I was camping at the Barview Jetty. I could not find a dry spot to cook something for myself so I cycled out of the campground after pitching my tent. I had seen a small cafe at the corner where the road turned towards the beach. But when i got to it it was closing down and all I got was a sandwich and a coke. I sat on the bench under the awning. It kept me from getting drenched. The rain subsided after awhile and I cycled back to the tent and made myself comfortable for the night. I had to often check how taut the rain fly was because the seams were leaking. Since I was camping under a large oak tree it the tent was sheltered from the relentless onslaught of the rain to some extent.
The following morning, the wonderful sun was out and after breakfast I trudged to the beach. It was just beautiful and I took many pictures with the tall grass swaying in the wind. It was time to leave by 9 am so I was off on the highway again on my way to Cape Lookout State Park. Enroute I stopped at the famous Tilamook Creamery Factory. I took a tour of the ice cream and dairy plant and it was fascinating to watch. I had never been to an ice cream factory before and I felt like a child, lapping their ice cream post the tour. There were tens of flavour to choose from!
All the ice cream I greedily ate, was soon dispensed in the energy displaced to fix a puncture soon after. It was my first puncture on the tour, after riding for more than 6000 kms! I simply replaced the tube of the rear tyre and moved on.
I reached Cape Lookout State park in the late afternoon and soon found myself a cheap 5 USD Hiker Biker site. The spot available itself was in the midst of some bushes and was like a small bowl so some water had collected in the center. I drained it out and pitched my tent on the footprint after padding the slushy patch with some dry leaves. I met a couple of other cyclists and they told me that the place was infested with racoons and sure enough I did see the lockers. There were a couple of signs pointing out that all food must be put away in the lockers.
The night was filled with tiny adventures with the pesky racoons. At one point around 2 am I woke up to the sound of them trying to steal my pannier! I tied all of them to a string which I then hooked into the zipper of my tent. I then also looped a string around the end of the tent zipper as I learnt that racoons are ambidexterous and can open a zip and sometimes even a knot!
The following morning I had a late start but the weather was nice and I looked forward to another sunny day!