Share your Tent Space stories and pics

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Jamie Z, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    The ADVrider Tent Space has been active for almost six years now. As of this post, there are places to crash in all 50 US states and dozens of other countries around the world.

    Here's a place to show how cool this idea really is. Have you stayed with anyone? Hosted anyone? Post up some pics of your Tent Space travels and tell us about it.

    Want to sign up for the Tent Space? http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=149585

    On the road and want to see if anyone near you has a spot for you? Check out the maps: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=776925

    Jamie
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  2. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    Just signed up as a host on the tent space thread. :clap
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  3. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Well...
    I've had quite a few "distinguished guests" over the past few years and it's been quite a lot of fun.

    Here's what some have posted...

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    Hey!

    Come visit me in Idaho Falls. I speak Australian and live with an SE.
    Actually I work with an Aussie too.
    Andi will vouch for me and the local area.
    Ever been to Yellowstone National Park? You should.

    Plus you get to sign the shower curtain! :evil


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    Don't do it Hodgo it is not safe :d

    You will have to enjoy good fud

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    Mindless drinking games wearing funny hats :rofl

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    and sign the curtain

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    ...on top of that you won't wonna leave

    Q~ .... good times mate!:clap
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    See?
    Tent Space is good!

    Q~
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  4. Smokin Sam

    Smokin Sam Old Guys Rule

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    Hi from Sam n Sara in Smithers BC. We've had several ADVriders from around the world stay at our place this summer. So far no one has set up a tent. Everyone has stayed in our super comfy, super cool, converted bus. Best sleep ever! :freaky
    Foods been pretty good too!

    Here is a pic.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=11423326#post11423326

    We have help for your motorcycle too! We are the last certified shop (truck and trailer too) before the 1000 km journey to the Yukon and the first one on the way home.
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  5. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Hosted Mekongfrank over the last couple nights- Good guy, lots of stories

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  6. goldenrev

    goldenrev New Dream

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    My wife and I have hosted several riders over the last several years and enjoyed the visit with each one... I have also used the "tent space" of others while on the road and have only had great experiences. Here is the latest rider we hosted:

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    He is still on the road:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=890358
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  7. Kinger7

    Kinger7 n00b

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    I was lucky enough to stay at this great spot. Sam and Sara were more than welcoming. I actually met Sam when I was looking for a place to get my tires changed when i was on my way home from Alaska. He invited me over to set up my tent and have a couple of cold ones, which is exactly what was required after a couple long days on the road.

    It so happens that I spent the night in that fantastic bus, which was by far the best sleep I've had in weeks.

    If anyone gets a chance I would highly recommend giving Sam a shout or at least stopping by his shop. You will not regret it!!

    Thanks Sam & Sara for your wonderful hospitality.

    Ryan
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  8. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Near Earth Object

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    Me, H14, SLiP210 and Scott P stayed at SoPaRider's Moto Manor in south central Pennsylvania. SoPaRider and his lovely wife were wonderful hosts and they live in a great area with Gettysburg and Michaux State Forest close. SoPa is also the distinguished Doctor of Michauxaugraphy. He can lead you around 200+ miles of killer gravel roads, or he can give you one or all of his 10+ turn by turn rides that will keep you at it all day.

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    Great idea Jamie!!! And thanks for your work on the Tent Space thread.
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  9. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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  10. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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  11. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    Frank stayed with us two nights. He said that staying with people was like letting meat sit out...after three days, it starts to stink. LOL. He had some great stories. As it happened, while he stayed here we were also hosting traveling bicyclists...one of them from Leipzig, GE. We had a lively conversation about the relative merits of capitalism vs. communism.

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  12. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    I had a great stay with shortbritches and his wife in Ft. Madison Iowa. We seemed to all hit it right off right away and he had a great shop and a comfy bed to sleep on. Then there was the pork tenderloin at the neighboring watering hole that was delicious. This is a 5 star stay for anyone crossing the Miss river in/out of IA. We even have future rides planned as a result.He is available best by PM.
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  13. mrxinpa

    mrxinpa Just Get Out and Ride !!!

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    Great idea.My family hosted raz65man from VA overnight. He was traveling thru PA on a week long rideabout and needed a place to crash for the night.


    We enjoyed each others ADV stories. Hope our paths will cross again another day!!:clap
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  14. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    Im Going to have to guess about 50 over the years...:-)
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  15. bluesurf

    bluesurf en dos ruedas

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    My first tent space experience was initially a bit unusual, but in retrospect fairly on par with the experiences that Inmates delivered through our 2012 NA trip.

    My then girlfriend, and now wife, were headed on the next leg of our trip, and decided to give the thread a go. We had already travel from CA to the east coast via AZ/CO/mostly northern route, then spent a few weeks in Ireland, and were now planning to spend some time exploring the NE portion of the US and Canada before heading south, then back west.

    We put together a biography email, complete with our travel plans and a reference to our photography site, and sent off a "Would you mind hosting us" PM to an inmate in New England.

    We received a response almost immediately. It included wording about "Would love to host you both", "The address is XXX", "The side door will be open", and "Give me a call when you've arrived, and I'll leave work and stop by".

    So, with some trepidation, but with seeming full support, we traveled by ferry across the sound from Long Island, had a delicious lobster roll, and eventually arrived at our first Tent Space hosts home.

    We tentatively walked in to the house, made our way downstairs to the garage and opened the door, unpacked our bikes, left a message on our hosts voicemail, and were out front discussing plans.

    Until a police vehicle came to a screeching halt in front of the driveway, with a burly muscled officer getting out of the vehicle. At the time, I was leaning up against the house, with my hands behind me, and thinking "Did he forget to tell us about the alarm/Did a neighbor call us in as robbery suspects/WTH is going on???". I slowly brought my hands out in front, and took a single step forward.

    The burly muscled officer came toward me, suddenly smiled, and said "Hey, James, great to see you!". Bastige put a fright in me, and he knew it :eek1

    The rest is history. We went in, got acquainted, later that evening his father came by and we all talked well in to the night. The next day the four of us took us on an extended ride through the local twisties, with stops at a beach and castle.

    We could not have asked for a better experience, and yet that same level of experience was repeated another ~30 times through the rest of our trip, including a stay at a riverside cabin that included river kayaking, another riverside stay complete with ATV's, a back country Louisiana tour and shrimp boil, a very memorable stay with an AZ Border Patrol agent and his family, and much more. A book could easily be written chronicling all of adventures spent as a result of staying with Inmates.
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  16. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    now that's a funny story! glad you had good experiences. can't hardly go wrong with ADV riders in my experience.
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  17. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Please. Go on... :lol3

    My most recent Tent Space story? I stayed at Andre's place outside Fort Worth, Texas.

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    A couple of days before, Andre had invited me to stay at the home he's remodeling, and when I arrived, his girlfriend took me out for drinks at a local biker bar. Meet Gaylen:

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    I stayed at Andre's place for a few days. Normally when I travel, I'm in a new place every night, so it was a new and welcome experience for me to have a home base of sorts. And I stayed for four nights.

    Andre and Gaylen, thank you so much for the hospitality. My trip would not have been as enjoyable without your influence. Next time you're in Memphis, let me know.

    Jamie
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  18. warriorcole

    warriorcole n00b sch00b

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    Had my first camper from Tent Space here last night. Got here when he said he would. Got up early and left. No muss, no fuss. I think we, which includes my drunk neighbor and brash ex girlfriend may have delayed his sleep a while with our loud asses around the campfire to the ripe old hour of 9 PM.
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  19. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    I liked your shower curtain so much I got my own!

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    Thanks for the idea. Nobody has gotten to sign mine yet.

    Jamie
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  20. Christianbenzon1

    Christianbenzon1 Adventurer

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    I am in SLC and have had 4 different people pitch a tent in my backyard.

    Two separate guys from Canada

    A father and son from Denver

    Each one has been a great experience.

    They've pitched tents, slept on pads under the stars, and slept in my hammock under a pine tree.

    What I like about the Tent Space: In our world today there is a lack of community, lack of human connection and interaction, and a lack of taking care of your neighbor. The tent space thread is a way to tap into those things that modern technology, social media, and fast paced lifestyle has taken away.
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