« on: July 20, 2010, 08:02:08 am »
So two big thumbs up for the Kirk Creek h/b campground! Yes, you have to boil the water, and there are no showers, but it was the best campground location I stayed at the whole trip. I actually stopped by Limekiln Creek to see what they had to offer. The ranger there told me it was $35 for the night (no h/b), but that if I found another cyclist he'd let me split it with them. How generous. I thought of cupping my hands and hollering for another cyclist, but decided instead on continuing to Kirk Creek. Five other cyclists eventually showed up to join me at Kirk Creek, but there was plenty of room for more. I was surprised by how few cyclists I saw on my trip. At most of the h/b sites I was the only camper. At Big Basin the rangers working the counter didn't even know what a h/b site was (they had to ask their supervisor) and it looked like I was the only person who'd stayed there in a year. PS: I highly recommend going inland from PCH if you have the time. Much more pleasant riding (ie: less cars, more varied scenery, striking views). I went inland at Pescadero Creek Road and (after camping at Memorial Park) continued to climb up to Skyline Blvd via Alpine Road, which has to be one of the most beautiful stretches of riding I did the whole trip. The road is narrow, but hardly any cars travel it. The entire time I was on it, 5 cars passed me (all coming the other direction).