I bought a camp stool and some anti-inflammatory cream for my
knee. The rest of the day I wandered around, read the paper, and
some books. A guy who is a teacher at UWS and an Israeli came up
to me and started talking when he saw that I was reading a book
on the Palestinian crisis - a nice guy who seemed interested in
finding an equitable peace in the region.
I took a few photos of the camp ground to illustrate the setup -
it's all so organised. Every day they set up a dozen or so
facilities at the campsite then tear them down first thing in
the morning. The most obvious one is "The Big Ride Brasserie" at
which they have a local musical act and serve alcohol. Camp
social events such as daily briefings are also held there.
Big Ride Brasserie
Brasserie at Camden
Tom and Ben Catering take care of all the food. There's a
serving area with about six dispenseries where we get breakfast
and dinner. They also send a smaller truck on the road to serve
us lunch. There's also a tea/coffee tent as well as a set of
portable dish-washing units with brushes and detergent provided,
and another similar unit for drinking water with mirrors for
shaving and similar activities.
Tom and Ben
What's for dinner?
We have the "Mouse houses" for toilet and shower
facilities. There are a couple of trucks at the campsite for
each service, and one at lunch.
The mouse house
There are also the two big luggage trucks, an information
tent, a general store, a bicycle repair tent and one for
bicycle merchandise, massage facilities and St. John's
volunteers. A security guard wanders around the camp site
continually and picks up unsecured bikes and stores them - you
can get them back for a donation to MS. A coffee van also
follows us around so we can get real coffee if we want
it. Finally (I think), there is a photograph tent where the
professional photos taken during the day can be seen and
Why we're here
This evening they had a screening of Tropfest at the local
RSL. I was going to go, but felt like an earlier night and opted
to watch Red Faces in camp. A hilarious spoof of The Teddy Bears
Picnic won full points by sucking up to the judges and praising
volunteers (vollies) and expressing all the shared problems on a
At about 1:30am a ferocious but short duration wind storm kicked
in along with slight rain. The main tents and some riders' tents
were blown down. Vollies were out and about knocking at all
flies and asking if people were alright.