Budget Travel the Jamie Z Way

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Jamie Z, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Animaltrax

    Animaltrax ~ 5150 ~

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    Came in late and left early.

    +1

    Stealth camping mantra. :deal
  2. luni

    luni Non-artic explorer

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    Did a 650 mile loop of the NC Outer Banks this weekend and had to post up the flip side of the ninja camping mantra. Similar circumstances as last time. Rolled into camp at 2AM, set up tent. Up with the sun and mostly packed by the time the Rangers got in at 8AM. Nobody said anything to me, I could have rolled right on out and stiffed them the $20. Something told me to stop and pay. As an added bonus the park ranger pointed me to an awesome out of the way spot for breakfast, one of the few places in the area where you can grab a meal on the ocean pier.

    Something about waking up to this view made me think the National Park Service earned my $20 for their effort.

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    I literally rolled over, unzipped my tent, and took that picture.

    Camp.

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    And for general information so you know where your money is going.

    I'm all about saving a buck on a road trip but the quality that's consistently put forth by the Park Service is worth the camp fee if you can swing it.
  3. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    Mine really enjoyed sleeping in the home depot hotel... Said it was better than a tent.
  4. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    What like a shed or something? :rofl
  5. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    This . . . . and I can almost always swing an extra buck or two for teh association . . . . .. the park system is one of the best things about our states and the federal guvernment.
  6. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    Yes.

    We were trying to make it to a national forest that night. After riding for pushing on 20 hours straight, the last couple being slab, we both decided we couldn't do the last hour of twistys to get to the camping. Storage shed worked for what we needed.
  7. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    That's a good tip. I would have figured that they'd chase you off cos it's private property or something. Did you all just leave before the store opened?
  8. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    Arrive late, leave early. Never even knew we were there.

    A few cars were in the lot when we got up, just got geared up in the shed, rolled it out and were gone before anyone noticed.
  9. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    Did you park your bike in the shed also? It seems like that would reduce the likelihood of getting noticed.
  10. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    Yep. That was the best part, hardest part of sleeping stealthy is what to do with the bike.
  11. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Or the super sonic sounds that emanate from some people while they're sleeping. :lol3
  12. justafurnaceman

    justafurnaceman Imaginary

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    Thanks for the great tips!

    Trying to eat cheap and healthy for TDY or out in the field I'll grab Progresso or Campbells soups or Chef Boyardee. They've come out with quite a few decent flavors and are fairly easy to pack. I put mine out in the sun to warm up a bit and add hot sauce or Sriracha when needed. All you need is a spoon and you're good to go. Decent amount of calories, carbs, and protein. You can put the can over most any flame if you watch it and stir it and then again I'm use to eating MRE's cold so it doesn't bother me if it doesn't warm up too much.
  13. pne

    pne Been here awhile

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    love this thread, gave me lots of ideas for my ride.

    Some stuff I learned:

    -I've had luck getting free showers at rec centers and pools. I've skipped the fee by asking if I can use the locker rooms to change in. And grabbed a shower that way. I always carry flip flops and a hand towel sized microfiber towel, when I found a spot to shower I could be in and out in a few minutes.

    -Best way to find free spots to camp is to ask. Best free spots I've found are asking rangers at state parks, people at gas stations, even hobos. I have stealth camped before but in general I'm uncomfortable with trespassing and rolling out all my gear. When I do stealth camp I try to find a spot to use the hammock, since that takes about 1 minute to pack.

    -In the USA, you can always find clean cold drinking water at gas stations and fast food places. Just use the fountain machine and hit the water button. I've never had anyone say anything even when I'm filling my camel pack with ice.

    -Don't buy ice, its free from the same machines. Carry a few Ziploc bags, you can tuck them in your jacket if its hot out, and toss them in your luggage to keep food cold.

    -free wifi at any starbucks or mcdonalds

    -I haven't figured out the cooking aspect either, despite carrying a small stove. It's just a big PITA carrying food, keeping it from spoiling, cooking, and doing dishes afterwards. This really limits your camping spots big time to places with running water. Cheapest way I've found to eat is subway, which seems to have a $5 footlong deal every month. Good enough for two meals and just fill a bag with ice from the fountain machine and toss the other half in your luggage.
  14. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    An easy, less hassle, no water clean up for cooking would be freezer bag cooking:

    http://www.trailcooking.com/
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    http://sectionhiker.com/freezer_bag_cooking/

    If it looks interesting to you experiment at home just so you know what you are getting yourself into :lol3

    Here in the Pacific Northwest we have the luxury of being able to get out and away from everything. Often we are lucky to find fuel and those stops don't have much in the way of food options so I carry packets of freezer bag meals (cheaper than Mountain House).

    I also carry a small (maybe 16 oz.) wide mouth thermos. In the morning when fixing breakfast I also put a meal bag in the thermos, fill bag with hot water, seal, put top on thermos and stowe in the bike. At lunch time it is still hot and ready to eat.

    My tastes are pretty simple and my main goal is to get nutritious meals in me so I have the energy to enjoy the ride. I also want my water supply to go in me to keep me hyrated rather than being used to clean up so I like the idea of clean up being done by tossing the bag. :thumb
  15. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    What happen to foraging for food?Lots of wild edibles in the forests.Nothing better than pine tea and pine gum around a camp fire.
  16. ThumperStorm

    ThumperStorm Long timer

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    I was just out on a trip and was not having any luck finding a campground. It was almost dark when I came to a small town hall building. Camped behind it for my first night of stealth camping. Found out the next day the campground was 20 miles down the road. I am glad I stopped when I did.
  17. KeithTurk

    KeithTurk Been here awhile

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    Fun thread... enjoyed the Integrity
  18. MasterMotoko

    MasterMotoko n00b

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    Just read the 20 pages in this thread in two days.... Holy Cow! I thought I was thrifty. I have to step up my game. Why not just take condiments and sugar/creamer stuffs from work? You work there if the office supplies it does it have to be used at work?

    Im getting my GS when I get back from deployment and cannot wait to take a trip with all these great ideas and tips for 30 days. Might not stealth camp too much at first <_<
  19. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    I am a bit at odds with stealth camping also.I see the benefit, but being a landowner that deals with the liabilities,it keeps me from straying off the beaten path.
  20. MasterMotoko

    MasterMotoko n00b

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    Didn't think of it from the landowner view. I think I will stick to public lands (free annual pass for military).

    Im picking my GS up from Upstate, SC Ben2go Just sayin'!