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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Walub, Nov 29, 2006.
I didn't say the road's the same, I said the culture. The people and their style.
I can't believe I started this tread before my first big trip in 2006 and it is still going. Money is a little tight right now so have been thinking of not licensing my bike this year because of the cost. But this has encouraged me to at least plan one trip.
P.S. Manitoba is the worst place in North America to insure a bike. it is almost $2000 bucks for my WeeStrom. and I am 37 with a clean driving record.
Full coverage? Mandatory medical (for rider)?
OK I didn't mean to side track this thread with insurance. I am pretty sure that will be the death of it To much good info here for that to happen.
But to answer your questions. The bike being insured for only $1000. If I do have an accident they will not be giving me the money to fix my bike. But at least then I am fully covered.
This. One of the memories i'll never forget was being in the middle of the Talledega national forest, with a very bad rumbling down stairs. No toilet paper. Way too long of a ride down a way too bumpy of a road to make it to a shitter.
After weighing my options, Socks (only got one other pair for this ride), or a collection of gas station receipts. I chose the latter. Ran out and had to use the google map print out of directions to my buddys house in Atlanta.
A shitty situation for sure.
Yup, in CT everything is illegal. The politicians' idea of camping is setting up a $$$ RV on a cleared spot with water, electrical, and cable hookup. (no fires allowed, God forbid), and paying the ranger to drive by and "monitor" your compliance with regulations every hour or so. When I got out of the Army I went to a state campground...rain was on the way so I dug a shallow 3" ditch around the perimeter of my tent. Got fined for it, while wearing my dog tags and sporting a crew cut. Figures. :huh
As the state parks here in CT won't let you tie a hammock to a tree, and the private campgrounds are nothing more than the redneck's weekend vacation villa, I'm starting to put together my "kit" for stealth camping. I have my MSR Whisperlite and cookware from my backpacking days, and my hammock with skeeter netting. Picking up a camo tarp/rainfly this weekend...maybe a green/camo tarp to cover the obviously RED bike, and a "Firebox" stove (they seem pretty neat and will add the ambiance of a wood fire w/out the danger of an open fire). I bought a cyclerack for my XR and hope to find some Wolfman side mounts for panniers. It's too bad my state forces you to break the law just to find a quiet spot to camp. I pride myself on "leave no trace" and have always been a consciencous sportsman. Oh well, just my way of pushing back on "the man".
+1 on this, CT campgrounds have a list of rules longer than any I have seen, they are horrible, so much so that I wrote a letter to the State...
No loud noises, no booze, no pets, no noisy kids, no... no... no... You get the idea. I just stealth camp in CT now, avoids the fees and Nazi camping...
True my friend, camping is definitely NOT "RV'ing"....at least in my book. It used to be you could go to a state campground where they offered no amenites (save the latrines), and be left alone. Now it's like you're in a concentration camp. I want peace and solitude, not people bringing their freaking entire house with them, and setting up like it's their back deck. It's even funny how here in CT the highway median strips have no trespassing signs on them. Every bit of land is either regulated or off-limits to the very tax payers who pay to maintain them. Screw the State; I'm going to start getting my tax dollars worth back whether they like it or not.
ahhh, fortunately, there is no violation then. Palm "trees" aren't trees, they're GRASS. No law against hanging things from grass, eh?
Just picked up this Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter PRO hammock; I bought a 10' x 12' Etowah Camo Tarp to cover it last night. My aquisition of stealth camping gear has begun....
Get an under quilt of some kind: Insulation that you attach to hang underneath your hammock and in contact with your hammock.
That, or put a thin foam mat inside the hammock.
Lying in a hammock gets cold when temps drop below 70 F and soft insulation between you and the hammock (lying in a sleeping bag inside the hammock) gets flattened and is not very effective.
Wow, below 70F huh? I have a sleeping bag I was pretty much going to carry with me anyway, and I have an older Therm-a-rest pad. Never tried hammock camping, but everybody seems to swear they'll never go back to a tent.
Look up some of the Hennessy Hammock threads. You'll see that most agree a bit more insulation is needed.
Hey Unstable Rider,
The camera is nothing special, a Nikon Coolpix L110. The camera has a large diameter lens, the shutter setting was set slow and it was set up on a tripod using telephoto. Thanks man!
I think I'll abandon the tent on my stealth adventures this season. I'm always looking for ways to pack more efficiently, lighter, and less. Last fall I acquired a US army issue 3 piece sleeping system which consists of a lightweight sleeping bag, a heavy(er) weight sleeping bag, and a cammo gortex bivy sack. They can be used separately, or combined, depending on the weather, and the whole package copresses into a sack smaller and lighter than many sleeping bags alone. Supposedly all three together and you're good down to -40F, but I've only tested it to zero and was pretty comfy with a therma-rest inside the bivy and under the bags. I may miss my mesh tent on hot nights with lots of bugs though.
If I remember right, pulling off the BRP anywhere you can is not prohibited. Camping probably is, but it looks like you had the tent tucked in pretty nicely and doesn't look like you threw too many beer bottles out on the road so maybe they don't mess with people if they behave, especially if they wear a light on their head.
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