Creepiest experience while camping or riding

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Wreckman, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. hookeniggy

    hookeniggy Good at getting lost

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    Back in the 70's i used to ride my 50 cc Agrati Garelli enduro bike as a kid, trough the farmland where we used to live surrounded by forrest, old farmhouses, some very old, going back to the 16th century, cold winternights, i didn't mind getting milk from my uncles farm, for following my favorite track, right along the border that was once ruled by smugglers, robbers, of all kinds, that could not appear at daylight, more or less surrounded by Germany, my route went among some abandonded lakes that were once mines, and forbidden to swim, during mooney nights, i stopped, took a break, and enjoyed the view over the water, listening to the nightbirds and ouls, and the reflection of the moon, over the water. i must have been 13 and man enough to go out in october storms,at early dark i figured through this abandoned section of the border, i got my Garelly just a few months ago, so fully took advantage of taking up this honorable task for mum during my first days of adv riding, of course the moon wasn't always there and didn't always stop at the mines, enjoying the whining of my small Italian two stroke thouroughbred sometimes more than the nightbirds, it dawned to me that even the moon wasn't there there still was the reflection of some light at the watersurface at one of the mines, hmm weird, so coming back one night i asked mum, it went silent, her face turned pale as the colour of uncles fresh milk, no explanation, you went out there? that far, to bed!! right away, not supposed to go that far from town, weeks went by, it was the last time allowed to get the milk, never understood, but years later we had already long moved away, grown up, my aunt aged, retired from farming, the pond where swimming was forbidden had never been a mine, a girl had drowned some 30 years earlier, it was the pond of white wives, where during early 13th to 17th century women abused of whichcraft where thrown into, because the water was so black up to day nobody knows how deep the pond really is.
    Thinking this was all crap and lonely winternight story's, i went to see my early days of my childhood riding area, just a few summers ago, on my rally tenere, saw some friends, rode to the pont, it was stil there, now overgrown, so i had to walk the last kilometer, checking it out now at daytime, the water was really inkblack, no birds just silence, hmmm.....when riding back, i stopped at some old farm that seemed to draw tourist and citypeople, to get some refreshments, not paying attention to the sign, i sat down enjoying the the summersun, the old pastures cows grazing, now the sign , Museum of the white wives, finally gave me the cold shivers i should have had some 35 years ago.
  2. BIG OIL

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    hahaha:rofl:imaposer
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  3. mississippimadman

    mississippimadman Long timer

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    You should have shot him
  4. iatethepeach

    iatethepeach Been here awhile

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  5. BIG OIL

    BIG OIL Loooozer

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    When you let them get away without any consequences, they'll do it to someone else!

    ^^^^^^^I like this idea^^^^^^
  6. BIG OIL

    BIG OIL Loooozer

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    Haha, of all the places to run out of petrol...
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  7. BIG OIL

    BIG OIL Loooozer

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    Good lord, young man, no cell phone? Paper directions? How did you survive such a harrowing experience?:imaposer:jack
  8. lampy29

    lampy29 Adventurer

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    Lol I left out the part where I had a loaded shotgun in my hands. Didn't know this was a gun-friendly forum. That definitely took the fear out of it.

    Definitely a 'few times' that having a trunk gun genuinely saved my butt
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  9. RebornRider

    RebornRider Been here awhile

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    Late April, 2000, 1201 am, I weighed anchor just outside of Miami, FL to make my first crossing of the Gulf Stream and to the Bahamas. 1201 am because it a superstition that a prudent mariner doesn't undertake a major crossing on a Friday and I learned that you don't fuck with maritime superstition. 1201 was Saturday morning. I was sailing my Morgan OutIsland 28' sloop solo and in the company of an 80 year old friend who was sailing his 41' Gulfstream Ketch. We sailed across Biscayne Bay and out into the open Atlantic. The weather was perfect, with a 15 knot breeze out of the southwest, which put us on a nice broad reach eastward and into the Bermuda Triangle. The seas were rolling 10 footers with a long period in between crests. Of course we lost sight of each other as expected, but maintained radio contact. It was a beautiful sail, fer sher. The moon was full or close to it, as I recall. Sometime between 0300 and 0400 as I sat in the cockpit I looked up and was startled by the sight of a large barkentine type sailing ship heading straight for my port stem. She was a pale gray square rigger with maybe 3 masts and tattered sails. I was wide awake. Just before contact she fizzled right before my eyes! Gone! Just the empty shimmering seas before me. I was not an inexperienced sailor. I was always a very sober sailor. Never drank any alcohol or smoked ANYTHING while underway. Made Gun Cay, Bahamas inlet around 1000hrs.
    Spent an awesome several months sailing through many of the Bahamas 700 islands on down to Georgetown, Great Exuma.
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  10. Nick NG

    Nick NG n00b

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    Wow, read experienced riders' stories and mine seem so childish now:lol3
    The scariest for me was to get lost at a Vietnamese village at night having flat tire, little gas and a girl I had known for 2 days, who started to panic. To complete the picture it all happened around the cemetery. :clap Don't like romantic drives anymore
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  11. nicpat

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    I was riding in the motorcycle use are in Chadwick Mo. back in 1975, before it was designated for that use. Not many riders there then.
    My bike then was a year old G4 Kawasaki 5 speed with hi and low range gearing. A small 100cc two stroke, that was subject to carbon bridging the spark plug every 5 hours of run time. I carried several plugs with me,as the bike took a rare plug, and would switch plugs as needed to keep riding. One beautiful spring morning, a long way from the truck,by my self, you guessed it, fouled a plug. Dug out my plugs, all of which were used, could not get one to fire the bike.
    I was on a fire road which was wide enough to get the truck down to get the bike, but was a long walk back to the truck. No other options. Since I am on foot, I left the trail and cut thru the woods, as this was a much shorter route. I walked about 200 yards up the hill, thru the very rough ledge rocks, oaks, leaf litter, came out on a single track I had never been on before. Walk a ways on this trail,
    and there, lying in the trail, in the box, was a brand new NGK plug, that fit my bike!
    True story. Never forgot that ride. My dad used to say " Boy, sometimes I think the Lord looks out after you". Well......
  12. RebornRider

    RebornRider Been here awhile

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    Wow! Great story!
    Ride safe all.
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  13. Motor7

    Motor7 Been here awhile

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    Last Sept I rode out to Moab from E. TN solo. The very first evening I found what I thought was a nice Missouri State Park. It was on a lake(Pinewoods Lake campground), but this was a first....it has been abandoned by the state. Not just abandoned, but stripped. They even took out the bathrooms and other buildings, turned off the water to the only spigot in the whole place, no trash receptacles . It was free, full of nice plump mosquitoes, warm and 100% humidity. It had that damp earth smell and I was the only one there if you don't count all the teens over at the picnic/boat ramp area. Needless to say it was a schhhhweaty toss and turn night. The next morning something woke me up at 0430, ....car doors shutting somewhere in the fog? Yep, I was up in full alert, there were no lights, it was eerily still with only the dripping trees breaking the silence. That nice smell had been replaced with a sour homeless person funk. I felt like if I stayed any longer I would wake up covered in moss and vines, trapped for eternity. I packed up and got on the road fog and all and was glad to be out of that place. I have never got that kind of feeling when camping...it was really odd & I ain't going back.
  14. hookeniggy

    hookeniggy Good at getting lost

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    It should have been creepy, two years ago i went out stealth camping at the edge of a small mountain village somewhere in northern Spain, hadn't slept that good for ages....next morning hmm, looks a bit like New Orleans, while drinking my morning coffee, by my believe long retired people walking by, me feeling a bit embaressed, apologising for my ignorance.....don't worry hombre, our parents and grandparents told us you're fine sleeping here as long as you like, hmmm, well not planning to stay that long, i responded in my best Spanish, people laughing, so after a good day of riding through the mountains, having my meal in the local tavern, and with an extra bottle of good Spanish wine in my saddle bag, a bit dizzy from the other one i thought fuck it, stretched out, and wound up enjoying the hospitality of the locals for probably a good week, never came home that well rested ...
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  15. Brian011952

    Brian011952 Been here awhile

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    Last summer's creepy camping was in Wyoming and Montana near Yellowstone. My first night outside the park looking for a tent site was on the Northeast corner just outside of the park. It was definitely bear country, and by bears, I mean GRIZ Pilgrim. I found a spot in a private campground after the public sites all had posted signs stating no tent camping allowed. The host at the campground gave me a site right in the middle of the campground and told me several stories of tent campers being mauled and drug from their tents (thus the no tent camping signs). That night was fairly peaceful with a whole campground of folks surrounding me. It was the next night that was creepy.

    The following day I spent riding areas near Yellowstone, and left in the afternoon headed west. I ended up dodging summer thunderstorms that were deluging like Noah needed to start construction on his second ark. I was quite successful until the late afternoon when I ended watching the ominous black clouds and my path on a certain intersect, so I began looking for shelter. Just in time, probably 40 miles from the nearest civilization, I spotted a campground sign, so I turned in. As I rode toward the campground, I realized the campground was about twelve miles away. I pressed on and passed a pickup on my way in. the road wound it's way up a creek and soon left the open grassland and entered a canyon beside the stream at the mouth of the most bear friendly mountains I had seen since Yellowstone. It was a beautiful campground with not a soul in it except for me and bear boxes at every site with bear warning signs everywhere. With the gathering gloom, I decided to stay and hoped the truck I'd passed would be setting up camp too. Nope, it was me alone that night. now I usually like camping alone, but not that night. I set up a very bear tidy camp, but it was windy and rainy. I was dry, but I could feel the very real potential of a bear encounter all night.

    Now I've dealt with a lot of bears, and they are usually something that does not give me the jitters, but they were this night. I think my fears may have been warranted though. About two weeks after I returned from this ride, I watched the video of the hiker who was mauled up there this summer and shot a video of his wound when he self rescued. Yeah, that was in the same exact area I was camped that night. Sometimes that sixth sense is something we should probably listen to.
  16. The Haymaker

    The Haymaker Testing Newtons Laws......

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    Two years ago at KM15 on the Trans Taiga. Having two Labradorian Wolves watching us set up camp, then falling asleep to them nosing around out tents.

    Wait..... that wasn't creepy, that was awesome.
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  17. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Sounds a bit creepy to me but then again, I have some sort of deep seated fear of wolves... for as long as I can remember.
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  18. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Extremely rare for a wolf to harm a human. I am MUCH more concerned by bears, and cougars scare the living piss out of me!
    JJ
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  19. Cameleer

    Cameleer Europe, three days at a time.

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    I am also concerned by bears, fascinated by wolves, but terrified by (bad) humans.


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  20. nicpat

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    On the other hand, I think being mauled to death by a pack of wolves, or drug off and eaten by a Grizzly, is better than existing awhile longer in a nursing home....
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