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Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Outwardbound, Feb 10, 2008.
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How about camping on the 14th hole of the golf course at Andrews AFB.
Underneath a semi trailer. Howland, Maine. July 2007.
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When I look at this picture, I can not help but think that the bike shoud have been parked in front of the trailer. That way no one could have hooked to the trailer and tried to drive off without noticing that you were there (this assumes that the person failed to do a walk around).
I doubt anyone would be that deep a sleeper as to not hear the truck slide under the pad, lift the trailer, jack up the legs, hook up everything, etc. That's a bunch of damn racket to sleep through. Not to mention it looks like the rear of the KLR is about even with the nose of the trailer.
I thought about that, but decided keeping a lower profile would be better. I'm not a light sleeper, but the racket of a truck hooking up would definitely have been enough to wake me. Worst-case scenario, I placed the tent where the wheels of the trailer wouldn't run over me. :)
As it was, there were only a couple of carloads of drunk people screwing a dozen yards away that night, and my paranoia of bears kept me awake the rest of the time.
That would be disconcerting. :eek1
The other option recommended to me was to sleep in one of the adjacent school buses. I figured that might net me any number of legal problems if someone found out and protested.
Probably park the bike in front of the trailer next time, should there be a next time..
Not telling... somewhere in Montana. So tired I pulled over and kipped out on this bench. Woke in the morning covered in mosquito bites....
Note contact lens solution on bed... no mossy spray though.
On two occasions when we were on maneuvers in the Army, guys sleeping under tanks got killed when the tanks rolled on short notice and the guys never woke up. I always slept in the back of a deuce and a half because of that. You'd be amazed what you can sleep through when you're exhausted.
Funniest renagade camping I've done:
As for group stealth camping, me and two friends were heading west from Grand Mound on 30, hadn't seen a single place to camp. We were very tired and found a street in a deveolpment that had no houses on it and a nice patch of grass. We joked that if the people in the $400,000 houses less than 1000ft away spotted us they'd think we were moving in.
I've done my share of urban camping. My hairiest place was when I camped inside a church. I'd planned to simply set up a tent out back, but when I saw that the grounds out back were all tore up from construction, and that the back door of the church was open... well... what else could I do?
I got up early, but before I'd packed all my things up and left, I heard some construction workers come in the front of the place. I made a quick decision whether I ought to stay and let them discover me, or whether I ought to bolt. This was a small southern black church, and I figured I ought to split.
I threw all my stuff out the back door and packed it up in about six minutes. I heard them talking inside. Just then, I looked around and couldn't find my tent. The only place it could be was still inside the door, so I cracked the door, reached in and grabbed my tent, and got out of there.
I'd left a note inside explaining that I decided to spend the night inside, and included contact information. Never heard anything from anyone.
A good tip I got from a friend is that they rarely lock the doors on U-Haul trucks. So... if you're an early riser, you can toss all your stuff in the back of a U-Haul and be out of there before anyone knows. I've never used this trick, but he said he's done it several times.
I also like cemeteries and small-town parks. On very rare occasion I'll straight-up stop and ask a local resident if I can camp in their back yard. Never been turned down yet. Even comes with a shower and dinner now and then.
On Hunter S. Thompson's Property in Woody Creek Colorado....i took a crap on his lawn......(before he shot himself...) He had just denied us an interview.
Don't sleep nude. Jus' sayin'..
Ha, ha, ha... Let me re-phrase; "my head and arms were covered in mozzy bites". My unit and all other components were untouched....
BTW I bought a tent for trips this year... them things are pretty neat...
You took a crap on Hunter's lawn and he shot himself? Touchy fellah...
Rarely ever camp in a campground. Usually ride until the sun's going down and start looking for a spot.
Here we stayed at a rock pit just a couple miles out of Fields, Or.
I carry a mesh bug suit on my bike everywhere for the skeets. Looks dorky but I've got something in my blood that skeets really must love. I can be in a crowd of 100 people and be the only one getting attacked.
On a warm night I just put on my suit and camp out under the stars. Need ear plugs though 'cuz the swarming lil bastards will keep me up
Rode the BRP by myself and got tired so I pulled off in the middle of nowhere in extremely dense fog.
Found a firehouse and just camped behind it:
Construction sites are good especially on weekends. Weekdays you need to get an early start. Also materials storage yards are pretty good. Good size bridges that the locals have access to fishing underneath also sometimes yield good stealth camping.
The problem with those is that if you're found, there's a good chance you'll really get hassled..