I am finally off from work and school for the week. I planned a 3-4 day hike out somewhere in the Everglades - found a relatively dry loop (Bear Island unit in Big Cypress Nat'l Preserve) thanks to the park rangers. By dry, I mean it's not completely inundated. Got everything I need for a few days of hiking and wildlife photography, and I'm timing it so I'm out there New Year's Eve, and away from the foolishness of South Florida cities.
All set, right? Nope. I have no way to get there - the trailhead is pedestrian access only, no parking other than the side of a busy state road. So not a good place to leave my only ride, a Honda cruiser. Who else is off from work this week and free to give me a ride for some gas money and lunch? No one. Shuttle service? Not available. Safe place to park the bike and ride a cab over? Can't find one yet, the closest city being Everglades City. Tiny private airport, about 40 miles away. The park rangers have no suggestions for me. I can try calling one of the few motels in Everglades City and see if I can work out a spot to park the bike, but then I'm looking at ~$100 in cab fare each way.
I've been trying to plan this part out for a couple of weeks, but it's down to the wire now (leaving tomorrow) and still nothing. I have one more friend I can call that I just thought about; failing that, I'm gonna have to hit a frontcountry campground where I can just park my bike by the tent. Not my idea of a wilderness trip, but better than sitting at home staring at a shiny new pack, with a thumb up my...
What do you guys usually do in these situations? I think I need to find some local backpacker friends, maybe join a group? I'm not big on those as I'm a solitary mammal, but I might find interesting people.
Anyway, rant done. Let me go back to finding solutions ;)