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Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by dadridesagain, Oct 18, 2012.
Good thought on the lowes & Home Depot,
They alway have their display sheds out in the parking lot, you can always get in and out.
I've never had a problem grabbing a couple hours at a rest area. I just lay out a therma-rest and grab a few zzz's. I imagine though if I set up a tent, pulled out a sleeping bag and started a campfire there'd be a problem. I've never had a problem sleeping next to the bike though. That said I never leave home without a firearm and that may give me some bravado.
Point is; many times personal experience no problem sleeping on ground next to bike at rest areas.
Well that would be because, at least as far as I know, the laws are against camping and/or overnight parking not catching a little shut eye. It's common sense that drivers and riders who need a nap will stop and not allowing that would be the height of stupidity. If people were allowed to camp out though the rest areas would end up overwhelmed and over run. Usually the Staties will make a pass thru and if, a couple hours later, you are still there they might check on you. Depends on the cop and what kind of issues they have had in the area. I've never been to a rest stop where you couldn't get a couple of hours of sleep as long as you didn't need to set up camp. Even when it's raining I just stretch out on a picnic table if they have the covered ones.
They are called rest areas to keep from going to sleep on the highway and killing yourself or another. Just because we don't have a truck or car to take a nap in doesn't mean we can't toss a bag down and catch some sleep.
In most rest areas, you won't have a problem. Occasionally, however, you'll wake up to a flashlight shining in your eyes and a State Trooper telling you to move along. If you're polite and explain you just need a little shut-eye, the officer might let you stay awhile. In some cases, however, he/she will still tell you to move along, and nothing will change their mind.
Battlefields are your friend. (what's the fine I wonder?!)
Manassas National Battlefield Park, Henry House in the background
Wow that seems very aggressive, short of telling the wife to kiss your ass and that you need more time, remind her your canceling your life insurance policy.
With that being said I would think if your on public property your ok just keep a LOW PROFILE. Watch out for Larry Craig at those rest stops hehe. Have a good trip.
I don't know what the fine would be. I do know that illegal camping in Acadia NP will get your bike towed and you paying a hefty fine as well as impound fees. I didn't actually get caught, as I'd managed to grab the last campsite available that night..
Lots of signage around this battlefield saying when you can't be in it.
You wouldn't need to camp here on the battlefield. There are a lot of roads close by that would lend themselves to camping out of the way.
Any stories about bad animal encounters while camping for the night?
Camping at the end of a dirt road in Nevada I woke to a small pack of coyotes about 10 feet from away. They encouraged me to get moving and they were gone before I was out of my sleeping bag. However when I got up I realized I was 50 feet from a sign stating I was at a Nevada state police gun range/bomb disposal range. That might be the fastest I have ever packed my bike.
Nothing outside of small animals that have habituated to human contact. Chipmunks, squirrels and birds being the most common and annoying. If you follow sensible rules about camping: keep a clean campsite, don't cook or sleep next your food, keep food out of reach, etc., there isn't really anything to worry about.
One of the places I look for are low use airports along my route. I'm a pilot and have slept in pilot lounges all over. If there is a private FBO I ask first if I can camp. Most lounges have decent and clean facilities.
I saw this thread a few weeks ago and since I have eyeballed almost every median and little clearing I've passed on the highway... "I could sleep there!"
I know in a lot of places in georgia there is thick tree growth in the little triangle shaped area just between an exit ramp and the freeway. I've definitely seen tents in there and in the woods right off the exits here in Georgia. Even little trails you could pull your bike up. It's weary and homeless travelers and hitchhikers but if they can get away with it so can we right? You just might have to share a beer and some food.
I've camped in strange places all over Europe, Auz, and Nz, don't if your familiar with a swag in the states but it's a canvas cocoon with a little cover for your head, has a mattress built in, waterproof and takes about 10 seconds to unroll, combine it with a good lightweight or ultra lightweight sleeping bag and your away laughing. I often have to make brekky or cook dinner so usually find a side road to sneak down for the night. No issues yet, fingers crossed
Linky??? For those of us that are Googlie challenged...
I prefer to camp in the open field, forests, old fire routs if in the mountains. It all depends on the area. I've camped behind churches, and slept at wal mart lots and all imaginable parks.
The reason I like the open areas is because that is where I enjoy actual camping the most. I chose one that are unlikely to be visited in the morning so I can sleep in.
I've been encountered by police down in TN once for sleeping behind a church. They were nice but told me I couldn't be there. They offered me either to go on to the road (I was on the bicycle and there were lose dogs everywhere on that country road) OR they could take me down to next town and placed in a motel. (I didn't like the idea of being taken somewhere by the police so I just moved on. But it was embarrassing to pack up while they were waiting.
Behind warehouses is fine. I like to camp near the river too. Desert has virtually unlimited camping opportunities here in the South West... many trails and roads, so I just go down one of them and pull off onto the desert floor few feet from the trail and it's a safe and comfortable place to camp. Have to leave early though as sun becomes unbearable by 7-8 am.
As far as sleeping on the ground - not me. I wouldn't want to wake up to a rattle snake cowled up on me, or scorpion sitting on my nose. I only camp in the tent which I make sure is always zipped tight. I've set the tent atop of an ant colonies few times just to find bunch of them angrily crawling on top of the net trying to get in. :)
Have fun camping everyone!
It is legal to camp on any public land in Newfoundland, about the only person to bother you will be the one who's inviting you in for a coffee.
I think I'm still the only inmate there on the ADV tent thread, and a few have PM'd me when passing through. It's only my work schedule that makes meeting up tough.