Camping on the side of the road.

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

  1. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    I like to vagabond camp on my way to Vegas. Here are a couple of links to ride reports that talk about it.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=148418
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42810

    My requirements are a feeling that I will never be discovered before I break camp the next morning. It's also nice to be able to go off road a little, you can get further out os sight.

    Yes! Traveling the state or county roads through small towns you often see camp spots for free. Nice alternative.
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  2. joe a

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    I (we) have done the "side of the road" thing for years.
    My SO likes to do the stealth thing.Ya know,Tent-sleepbag etc..and hide from drunks,cops and other ADV riders :lol3 .

    On the other hand when solo I'll sleep just about anywhere.
    Picnic tables in rest areas,behind gas stations,motel parking lots,truck stops...etc.,etc.:evil Just pull the tent fly over me..

    Covered drive thru's when its raining.

    This spring I had to put the bike cover on and sleep "in the saddle" with my head on the tankbag cause I was to tired to go any farther and it was pouring.:huh :huh
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  3. cavebiker

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    Yes again! This is great stuff. I also have done the wayside picnic table thing and in the grass next to the 24hr convenient store. I love the “bike cover on and sleep "in the saddle"” thing! That’s a new one, that way you don’t have to be concerned about finding dry ground, yeah! On every trip I carry a plain tarp with line attached to the 4 corners. Always I tell myself that if the conditions get too bad or if I’m just too tired I will pull over wherever the bike is safe from getting mowed down by a vehicle and chill out.

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  4. cavebiker

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    This is fun. Some more vagabond camping stories:
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  5. cavebiker

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    More fun! Vagabond camping stories:
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  6. cavebiker

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    More fun! Vagabond camping stories:
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  7. cavebiker

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    Vagabond camping, sometimes you don’t have a choice except not go there.
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  8. pilate74

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    Small town airports are good places to camp. Most pilots and airport workers are real freindly. Good place to get fuel. Most of the FBOs have free coffie and snacks. Just go in and make freinds with whoever is there. They would probably let you stay in a hanger for a six pack or a few bucks.
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  9. swjohnsey

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    I never pay to camp. You should have no problem. I like to cook in public and sleep in private. You can cook just about anywhere, in almost every public park. No lights are fires makes it less likely someone will stumble upon you. The secret to stealth campin' is to get out early before the locals are stirring. In densely populated areas I have resorted to camping in state parks and such that charge. There is usually no one there to collect if you arrive after hours. If you leave at the break of dawn no one is the wiser.
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  10. Wolfgang55

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    I wonder if or friend in Canada ever saw the movie Easy Rider. Now there was outdoor camping at its best & worst. Just don't be naive & never wake up.
    There still plenty of places that would fine for over night stops. Just stay the hell out of lala land.
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  11. Makalu

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    Nothing new to add, just that I still use national forest or BLM roads to camp on. Never had a problem. I definitely practice "leave no trace" camping and I have never made an open fire.

    Back in the day when I spent a lot of time on the road (private investigator), I use to park my truck in Motel 6 parking lots and sleep in the back. That way I could pocket the per diem. Always got a good nights sleep and never bothered. When I couldn't stand myself anymore, I'd take a bath in the swimming pool (Campsuds, biodegradable:D ). Don't forget to fill up your ice chest from their ice machine on the way out. :thumb
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  12. swjohnsey

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    If you upgrade to the parking lot of Holiday Inn or Comfort Inn you can take advantage of the complimentary breakfast as well, just walk around with a white credit card in you hand that looks like one of their room keys. :rofl
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  13. Makalu

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    My rational at the time was that the more expensive hotels might actually have someone out patrolling the parking lots occasionally during the night. But your idea is a good one. :nod
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  14. Doghouse_Riley

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    Back in my even poorer days I did my traveling by hitchhiking. Needless to say there was no budget for motels or campgrounds back then. I've slept in many public parks (be gone by dawn so the soccer moms don't see you and call the cops). Out here in the west there's often brush and/or trees alongside freeway on/off ramps that'll provide you with enough cover for a stealth camp site. A great place when it's raining is underneath freeway overpasses. Up near the "roof" of the overpass there's usually a nice flat area before it slopes down to the road below. Nice and dry.

    Even if you get "caught" usually the worse that happens is you'll be told to leave. So fine, head to the next jurisdiction and find a new camp.
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  15. Moving Pictures

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    Done a bit of it in my day as a long-distance touring cyclist.
    I'll give y'all a Canadian hint: we keep our hockey rinks open in the summer for lacrosse players. Quite often, if you nip in at the right hour, you can squeeze into a changeroom for a quick splash-and-dash shower without any real problem.
    I've done this cycling - often with full permission. Other times, folks will steer you to a rec centre/swimming pool, where you can fork over $2.50 for a shower. Still, municipal swimming pool showers are decent, have lockers (!) and get you clean, cheap.
    My cycling buddies and I would actually schedule swimming-pool-and-hot-tub breaks into our itinerary. Nuttin feels quite as good as a shower and a soak in the hot tub after eight days and 1000 klicks on a loaded touring bicycle.
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    I've thought of doing this with a slightly larger tarp (to hide both you and the bike completely) I have a cheap cot that breaks down to the size of a backpackers tent.....you might even be able to set up in a parking lot. Asphault is usually soft enough to drive a couple of tent pegs into....tie the other end to the bike.
    I wonder if you might even be able to do ralleys or Wal-Mart this way? you'd just be a bit wider than a standard bike cover and a whole lot more comfortable on a cot than the bike seat.
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    Yeah, real asshat. Not to mention the guy that added the map. I hear he has facial reconstructive surgery every three years...
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  18. cavebiker

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    Yes, I thought the same thing about needing a larger tarp. For my next ride I bought an REI 12 X 12 tarp. It has strong tie eyes and folds up super small and is light weight. Can't wait to try it!:evil
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  19. Seeker

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    While touring, it's happened that I've slept next to the bike. Usually because I'm travelling and need a nap. Other times for 5-6 hours.

    I do this if I need a rest but don't intend to stop for the night.



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  20. Seeker

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    Years ago two of us flew down to Loudon to watch some races in his 172 Cessna. Just room for 2 and 5lbs of luggage max. Or so it seemed.
    We stopped in Burlington to take in the night scene (college town) and for whatever reason (can't remember) decided to spend the night there. We ended up turning in late that night and sleeping at the end of the runway. It sloped down at a shallow 60 deg or so. We just lay down and went to sleep. Next morning we woke up to the thunder of a 707 lifting off about 200ft over our heads as it passed.

    Nobody knew we were out there.


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