Camping on the side of the road.

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

  1. davidji

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    If I were camping in more populous areas I might be more inclined to pitch a tent. More bugs and I know I would.
  2. Robboh

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    This is a few weeks old, and my answer is not really pertinent to the conversation of camping, but I just had to comment that I think that warning is just a weird thing for them to have given your girlfriend... I grew up and have lived in TX most of my life (5 year stint in OK for my wife's schooling) and there are shops all around that sell those things and I've never heard (a first person account) of anyone bring arrested, much less hassled for buying one... It makes me wonder what small town she must be going to, because in the town I live in, we constantly laugh about it being so behind the times and there's at least 4 places here that sell "adult items".... sigh... I'm sad I know that... but I did grow up here so as a high school boy they were a source of much mystery and tittilating speculation haha...

    The other possibility that comes to mind is that it's one of those laws still on the books (you can find funny lists of them online) that are long ago forgotten and not enforced... ie - "All approaching travelers must shoot their guns in the air when approaching town to announce their arrival."

    I think you'll find Texans a friendly bunch...



    ...and if you want, I'm sure there are a few that will be glad to take you out to go target shooting while you're passing through as well haha...


    Rob



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  3. Other Bob

    Other Bob Been here awhile

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    It sometimes looks bizarre to us too PedalRitter! We must look like a nation of lunatics to those who are outside looking in! :huh

    Don't let the media keep you from visiting the U.S. The overwelming majority of our citizens are friendly and would love the chance to meet you during your visit. Even the ones who legally carry guns. :D

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  4. DaLunk

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    I'm curious to know, how do you deal with a wet tent when stealth camping? If you're striking camp at dawn you must be sometimes packing up a tent still wet with dew. Is there anything you do to prevent mildew and stench?
  5. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    +1... also you folks who sleep under the stars with no tent/cover at all.

    Maybe it's just a northern thing... but I've never encountered a single morning -- any time of the year -- when the ground wasn't covered in dew.
  6. davidji

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    If I expect dew I'll use my bivy bag. Sleeping under trees can prevent dew though (it must depend on conditions, but reducing the radiant cooling does help). On a recent trip my bike was soaked from dew out in the open before I was even asleep, and I was dry under tree cover.

    If I have to I'll ride a bit and when it's sunny, put my stuff out to dry. I guess it would be bad if it never got sunny and dry. True for backpacking as well--in wet conditions your stuff may stay wet.
  7. froger

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    Roll up your tent and go. I wouldnt want to store it wet, but it'll be fine on a trip. They dry fast when you set up.
    Leaving early is a good plan, but not strictly necessary. Treat the area with respect, and act like you belong there. Most folks wont care.
    I've been kicked out twice. Once it was someone's driveway in BC. The law politely, but firmly sent us on our way. In Washington, I found a rigged gate on a forest road. Looked locked, but wasen't. When a firefighter came along, I asked if I could stay. He threatned to lock me in, so I left right quick. Most wildland firefighters are great people who'd gladly help you out. I happened to meet a jerk. Anyway, only being kicked out twice in forty years ain't bad.
    Last year I was close to the road, but out of sight. Someone turned my electronic reader in for a forest fire, and two guys visited my camp at one am. "OH, it's a camper. Sorry to bother you". "Thats OK". Overtime was scace last year, least I got those guys some.
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  8. resqdoc

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  9. Seventy One

    Seventy One Been here awhile

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    I stealth camp frequently and I always use a bivy bag. On cool or cold mornings, the sleeping bag can be a little damp due to condensation. Any water on the bivy bag can usually just be shaken off.

    Any gear that gets wet goes in a mesh bag and tied to the bike where it'll get good air flow. Things are alway dry when I get to the next destination. This probably wouldn't work too well on multiple days of rain, but then again, that is something I've never encountered.
  10. FarStar

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    I've just read the thread on stealth camping, pretty funny in places. I need to point out to any American riders heading up to Alaska via Canada (as if there is a choice) that bringing any handgun is a good way to shorten your trip. Up here in Whitehorse I read or hear every riding season stories of people trying to cross the border with handguns and either the guns are seized, they are fined, refused entry and/or occasionally arrested. Canada Customs is pretty twitchy about handguns. If you are an American heading up here you will be asked about weapons and maybe searched. That being said, come on up. No need for stealth camping up here, lots of unpopulated areas, and there isn't that many tourists that get eaten by bears. And no, I don't live in an igloo or use a dog team to go to work, and yes the highways are paved from the U.S. Border all the way to Anchorage.
  11. hugemoth

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    Bears aren't a problem but a lot of tourists get eaten by mosquitoes.

  12. Ceri JC

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    This +1000. The two times people have found me in the morning, when I've camped by roads, I've (quite honestly) said that I wasn't intending to camp here, but it was getting late and I couldn't find the place I was looking for in time. I thought it looked like a relatively harmless place to sleep and I'll be gone in twenty minutes. Both times, people were fine.
  13. deputygene

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    Going through Kansas, trying to make 90 miles to the next town we found ourselves riding into a lightening storm. Found this rest stop, no signs saying no camping. we pitched our tents under this shelter expecting rain, but it was just windy all night. I slept good.
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  14. SloMo228

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    Looks like a nice spot to stay a night. :1drink
  15. Jamie Z

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    My kinda place. I have no qualms, even if it did say no camping. Especially if it's rural.

    My rule is that I'll camp wherever I'm comfortable as long as I'd be comfortable with a police officer pulling up and asking me what I was doing. If I feel like I have to hide or disguise my intentions I'm not in the right place.

    Your spot above, if a cop showed up and you told him a storm was coming and you didn't think it'd hurt to stop there to get some sleep, I'm sure they'd be fine with it.

    Jamie
  16. deputygene

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    It was, I slept real well.
    That was going to be our story, true one anyway, that it was getting late, we were riding into lightening, and decided to stay here for the night. However, setting the tents in the corner was our way of hiding, almost invisible from the road in the daytime, after dark, you would have to look hard to see us.

    Funny thing, we asked at breakfast, then again later, if it was legal to camp in a Kansas rest area. No Kansan's seemed to know, most said it was probably ok. This rest area had three of these covered picnic table areas, probably 8 more tables on cememnt pads not covered. It had been real hot that day, cooled off that night, wind blew right trough my tent. No drinking water at this rest stop, luckily I had enough water left in the camlebak to make a single serving tea. I slept as well or better than the $32.00 dollar KOA we had stayed at the night before.

    This trip I ended up paying nothing to camp 3 times. Next cheapest was four of us splitting a fed camp site, 4 bucks apiece. Also 3 of us split a $12.00 a night fee in OK, 4 bucks each. Then Corp of engineers site for $13.00 split by two of us. Then Usually $20.00 a night for some other state campgrounds.
  17. ChadHahn

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    A lot of small towns in the Midwest allow camping in their parks. In AZ you are supposed to have permits to camp in BLM or forest land. Our main industry is tourism, we can't have people camping for free.
    When I took motorcycle trip to NE in 2006 I was able to camp for free in small town parks in KS and CO. Faucets for water, bathrooms, generally quiet.

    Chad
  18. Snowbird

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    My then girl friend and I were car camping across country once (late 1970s) and pulled down a side road and slept in the back of the 1960 Plymouth Valiant station wagon that was my RV at the time. In the morning, I opened my eyes and saw nothing but horses' noses. They were curious and had lined up all around the car and were looking in the car windows, maybe twenty of them. I guess watching humans sleep was the most interesting thing the horses had going that day.
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    :rofl

    that would probably kinda freak me out for a couple seconds!