The first goal of driving was Jumping Off Rock. This would be a major hike, but instead was a great drive and wonderful view. After that I started exploring each open road, one ended at a giant old boat ramp…. best I can guess, it must have been used by loggers to float logs out of the gorge or pull the logs out of what is now a lake. I was surprised to find a couple of ATVers, they were the first people I had seen all day!
Today was a planned day off of riding. I planned to kayak the coves around Lake Jocassee, but 40 mph wind gusts kept the kayak on the roof. So instead I drove the rarely open logging roads inside Jocassee Gorges. The roads are only open for a couple of weeks in the spring and fall. Another change for this trip was the drawers I posted earlier about used as food and cooking, this also worked great, once I set up the slip platform, I never had to unmake the bed.
As part of this extended solo trip, I wanted to test some ideas for my planned west coast trip… one was the overland washing machine. The idea is bucket of water, dirty cloths and a little soap on the roof rack and drive, the bumps wash your cloths and that night all you have to do is rinse and dry. It works great, I washed the last two days of riding cloths (including the muddy race stuff) and when I got to camp, they were clean and the dirt had settled on the bottom of the bucket. The bucket even fits cleanly into the cockpit of the kayak.
Camp #2, Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area near Sunset, SC, I was the only one in the camp ground and at $10 a night, worth the stay for hot showers rather than free primitive camping in Jocassee Gorges. The set-up started with a hail storm. After dinner I wondered around the shores of Jocassee Lake looking for sunset pictures, but didn’t have much luck.
Stump Jump pre-ride complete. I love these trails, I might have over done the recon ride with 2.5 hours in the saddle, but the last 45 minutes were the best as I rode the coarse backwards to find a lost 9 year old who was supposed to be on a different course… There were some happy parents (they had already called 911) Campsite 1 was primitive camping on the backside of Croft State Park (next to the capped landfill)