Camping on the side of the road.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Walub, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. Alphamale11

    Alphamale11 Adventurer

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    Outstanding thread! In every trip I've planned, I always needed to break down my days based on where I would end (camp/hotel). I've never though of churches, schools, parks etc. (No cemetaries though) I'm an early riser anyway so I'd be gone before anyone was the wiser. I can't wait for the next long ride.
  2. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    I canp on the bike, mostly at campgrounds.

    My girlfriend says go where ever and when ever you want, just no camping along side the road.

    I do what she asks. I am usually gone every weekend. I did stay in Jefferson national forest in a field. There was a campground not far because I could hear them.

    I just sleep in a tent, I do not camp. I get up early, fold up camp and look for the first coffee. This can make for an interesting trip. I like to end up at the local diner. I carry nothing for cooking. Maybe a fork. My tent gets put away damp or wet on the bottom.

    My problem is looking for a campground and getting there so I am not setting up by a flashlight,

    We went from Copenhagen to Lake Placid, he went back to copenhagen the same day, I stayed at medowbrook right behind the tail of the pup in saranac,

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    I figure the twenty dollars I pay for the campsite is worth it for a hot shower.

    I flew up route 10 and that airhead was right behind me the whole way.

    A fire is required if time permits.

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    Somewhere in Ohio.
  3. technikiller

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    I rode from Missoula, MT to Buffalo, NY taking only back roads. Camped off the road the whole way, no troubles. Stop late, leave early. On a separate occasion I did sleep in a Walmart once, awoke to the guy buffing the floor by my head.
  4. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    WOW! How did you come up with that idea? In most of the walmarts I have been in the crazies come out after 10 pm.
  5. pretbek

    pretbek Long timer

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    Did you just find a quiet corner and lie on the floor and fall asleep?
  6. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    An apartment complex isn't an ideal location, but it works in a pinch. Small towns are better. In live in a fairly small town — population: 12,500 — and I wouldn't have any problems setting up a tent for a night in any of the complexes around here. None of which has a security guard. Heck, most of them have part-time managers.

    I can definitely see where it would be much different in a larger city. And I agree, it would probably be a bigger risk.

    I don't make a habit of it, but camping in an apartment complex has worked for me a couple times. In today's disconnected world, no one bothers you much. They all assume you're a resident, or visiting a resident.
  7. Snake Doctor

    Snake Doctor Crazy Bearded F***er

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    Just as a side note; reading through this thread and saw the several pages of CCW. As a retired LEO, my point would be if your trespassing while stealth camping (Whether knowingly of not) possession of a firearm will increase your our misdemeanor indiscretion into a felony in many places. No need to loose your right to carry because of stupidity.
  8. technikiller

    technikiller Adventurer

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    Yeah, it was like ten years ago. I just grabbed a baby blanket for a pillow and passed out.
  9. Vankaye

    Vankaye n00b on the move

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    Love my Hennessy Hammock! Did you know you are not allowed to hang a hammock in a state park anywhere in FL??

    Got harassed by a ranger inside of a state park campground. State law prohibits hanging anything from a tree!?
  10. pretbek

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    Probably because they are not aware of the negligible (non-existent?) amount of damage 1" wide webbing does to trees.

    Once a law like that is on the books, there has to be a pretty good reason to go through the trouble to change it. "Meh, you probably could" doesn't cut it as sufficient reason. Unfortunately.
  11. astrolump

    astrolump Been here awhile

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    yeah...a lot of states have that rule. CT is one im aware of. that's why i usually try to stay in forests, and wma's. or on the side of the road:evil
  12. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    I camped with my RT. The only trip I took on the new R the weather was so bad I stayed in a motel both nights.

    I have the same storage as the RT. I didn't' use the top box, the tent, bedroll and sleeping bag go there. Both
    have factory saddle bags.

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    Alabama swamps in western NY this fall.
  13. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Cavebiker,

    Can I ask what camera you mostly are using?

    Some of your images are quite stunning, and caught my eye, so I have to ask, what camera please?

    Hope to see you some time between the northshore and Hayward.
  14. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

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    I guess in the NE it would be good to see if there are state forests nearby your route?

  15. KemoSabe1943

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    I've stayed in Wal-Mart lots, grocery store lots, and Truck Stops of American lots. Just go in late, find a spot out of the way, pitch the tent in a grassy area somewhere off to the side or back lot, and go to sleep. Trucks idling are good sleep aids...seriously! I figure truckers are armed, so I'll be safe in a truck stop.
    Some good places are old cemeteries. I stayed in several. Not too much traffic in a cemetery overnight. I do not disrespect the plots, but stay off the sides in the grassy areas, mostly under a tree.
    You can find a good logging road sometimes and head up them. Good copse of wateroak will give you lots of shade. Just watch out for the coyotes chasing the deer through there at night!
  16. Vanishing Point

    Vanishing Point A very sad panda

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    Probably because they don't have bears. In bear country you are encouraged to hang your edible smelling gear from trees.
  17. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    Also, ropes can damage the tree bark and nitwits are always pounding in nails and leaving them there.

    Sometimes, if you explain to a rational park ranger how the hammock hangs with straps that don't harm the trees rather than ropes, they will let you skate on that.
  18. dredman

    dredman Dirt Disciple

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    I stealth camp a good bit, because I am cheap, it extends my journey(more cash for food and gas), I hate dealing with people at campgrounds and hotels ( I travel to get away from people, not to hang out with strangers) and I love the adventure of snagging "naughty camping" :)

    Outside of Salt Lake in a small town park

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    And of course my favorite - ON the Blue Ridge Parkway :evil

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  19. danh600

    danh600 Been here awhile

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    There are bears in Florida.
  20. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Not really. Stay outside of towns a bit and avoid the interstates (interstate culture is uniform across the country, why bother going anywhere if you are slabbing it?).

    get off the road as best possible. Never camp where there is a lot of trash lying around (too close to the road + trashy people+. Ditto don't camp where there is a trash can (municipal parks and similar excepted). Same reason, you are to close to the routes people travel and those things attract wildlife.

    Be discreet above all. In at dusk (good time to get off the road...deer) and out at first light. Always pack up first and then if the place is cool make breakfast, otherwise go on down the road a bit and find a place to cook.

    There are free natnl Forest campground. But they are usually dry. Fire pit, pick nick tables and toilet but no water. Carry a Dromedary bag or similar and fill with water in the last town you go through.

    Rural landowners tend to be cool if you are respectful of their property and persons. Close gates. Don't build fires. No (visible) firearms. Don't block roads.

    I usually tarp the bike (black tarp) to hide the reflective stuff and break up the outline. A lot of the west is very open country and you may find scant cover.

    Keep your ID in a chest pocket and if confronted by LE, offer it before being asked. Reaching for wallet in back pocket is not so good; hands in front of you.

    Don't sleep next to the bike, they fall over.

    if I am carrying a tent I seldom set it up. Good for bad weather or bad bugs otherwise I enjoy the stars. A bivvy bag is better, Quick to deploy and pack, compact, fine for rain and bugs. personally I don't really "camp". it's more like I lie down in sthis place for some sleep, dide to another place and stop to cook a meal, ride somewhere else to bathe. very much a hunter gatherer lifestyle, primitive like that. (But I hunt at grocery stores and gas stations). often if the tent or tarps/bivvy are damp I will spread them to dry at breakfast or lunch.

    if you usually take a dump first thing in the morning consider this when choosing a campsite. I find my life takes on a very different rhythm when on the road An laundromats, gas stations and grocery stores become the pit stop of choice.

    Bears are mostly an issue in the back country. They like campgrounds for the munchies but also draw heat and get relocated. Still, do all the basic bear precautions (no food in "camp", wash anything that has food on it or spilled on it.)

    Mosquitoes and especially ticks are a bigger problem. Use dope and do tick checks when camping in likely areas.

    Get a guidebook to hotsprings of the west. Many are primitive and free. No soap. Carry bathing trunks for the ones where that is the norm. (also good for municipal swimming pools, another cheap clean-up).

    At 5,000ft and above it can get very cold at night (frost on the sleeping bag) right through the summer. be prepared. (I use a polypro inner bag in my regular bag, gives me options).