Journey to the East: 26 June 2012


Crossing the Mississippi

Upon the hearth the fire is red,
Beneath the roof there is a bed;
But not yet weary are our feet,
Still around the corner we may meet
A sudden standing stone
That none have seen but we alone.
Tree and flower and leaf and grass,
Let them pass! Let them pass!
Hill and water under sky,
Pass them by! Pass them by!
–J.R.R. Tolkien

Miles to go before I sleep
I left the hostel a bit late and of course this turned out to be one of the longest days to date. It was hot and humid on this day with wind out of the southeast, which of course was my primary direction of travel. Lots of trees though which helped block the wind a bit. I crossed the Mississippi four times today which went from a swampy crick to a small stream. I ended up spending a couple of hours in Bemidji at an Irish pub with a good selection of microbrews, checking out the bookstore and shopping at the co-op. Then it was back on the road and the late afternoon wind was much stronger. I missed the unmarked turnoff for the campground I was heading for and so just pressing on ending up doing 20 more miles than originally anticipated. Finally around 8pm I arrived at the Historic Big Winnie General Store Campground where among the clouds of mosquitos I setup camp.

Not a cloud in the pale blue sky —
waxing moon

7 thoughts on “Journey to the East: 26 June 2012”

  1. “I missed the unmarked turnoff for the campground I was heading for and so just pressing on ending up doing 20 more miles than originally anticipated.”

    I’m guessing by the descrip that you were aiming for the Cass Lake/Dam campground managed (oddly enough) by the USFS? We stayed there after Bemidji and yeah, it’s hard to miss. I think I just intuitively turned where it said “Cass Dam Road” since there was no other marking.

    Wasn’t a particularly bad campsite, either. We got to camp free on the lawn outside the campground because we didn’t have the exact fare and they didn’t take cards or have way of breaking a $20. Ran into a couple interesting dudes “stand-kayaking” (or whatever they call it) down the Mississippi.

    And I know this info might be in the “too late to use” category, but at the Pokegama Dam ACE campground down the road/river and just before Grand Rapids, they have two “primitive” sites that are cheaper than the regular ones. They are on the right as you enter the campground from US 2, separated from the main loop. Close to the rr tracks, though. The shower there was one of the best campground showers I have ever been to, in all my touring travels.

      1. And I know that you mean “mosquitoes” but in my music-geeked brain when I hear “mozzies” my mind thinks of Morrisey since “The Moz” is his nickname. So would that be a cloud of Morriseys, or Morrisey impersonators, or Morrisey fans? Don’t know what would be worse, Morriseys or mosquitoes. 😉

  2. I finally checked out your blog! I can’t believe you are in MN!! And that you bike that much… It’s SUPER hot here now- 104 tomorrow and 109 on Fri. Yuck.
    Good luck with all your travels- we have enjoyed the postcards too.

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