Tent Space Experiences

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Hollyr, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. overlander

    overlander Gravel Travel Tours

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    I do get it that central kansas is not really a scenery rich target compared to Colorado where most folks have either come through or are going to and that part of the allure of traveling light and fast is being able to make quick and decisive changes to the non ittenerary. That said I do hope you'll come by next trip! I'll keep a few beverages cool! Just had John from NC stop over and while he didn't have much time to kick back we try to extend a bit of Texas hospitality to weary travelers here in Wichita.
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  2. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek adventurer

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    After being on the list for a year or two, we had our first tentspace'er come and stay with us.

    @Joëlle is traveling from NJ to FL and then on to TX. New rider, but experienced world traveler. I had a great time chatting and hope she posts up a ride report to share on her latest adventure.
  3. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    Well, I gotta say that after just returning from a 3 and half week 12 state adventure my tent space experience was great
    I stayed with inmates in Memphis, Oklahoma City, Pueblo, Ely, Carbondale and Wichita and was treated great by all. Making new friends, sharing a beer and food. getting local route info and hearing stories from others is a wonderful thing.
    Watched the John Penton story with Lee in Wichita and swapped racing stories from our distant past. I'll have to dig out the old photos from Saddleback and Carlsbad
    Thanks to all for a memorable trip and hope to see everyone again at some point
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  4. overlander

    overlander Gravel Travel Tours

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    It great meeting you big John! Let's do this again next year! The adventure ranch should be up and accepting guests by then. And I promise No HAIL!
  5. zigyphoto

    zigyphoto PAY ATTENTION

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    One suggestion: I ALWAYS ask what I can bring (beer, whatever) or take my hosts out to dinner or lunch, or whatever, to express my thanks and feel that I am reciprocating their hospitality. Even if they don't drink, or say "bring nothing," I think it's important to at least email or write a note of thanks afterwards. If my hosts are moto travelers, I've sent them something useful like my favorite travel item, this great little clothesline.

    I've stayed with a number of kind, generous and interesting Inmate hosts; guests have been great, and one guest and I hit it off so well that we rode out to Bonneville for Speed Week and did a week-long tour of CO together. I'm flying to Europe and we're going to Isle of Man TT Classic later this summer.
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  6. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    Let me echo the previous poster's comment about asking if I can bring anything.
    I always ask " Is there anything I can bring" Most will say no, just show up................
    But it is the courteous thing to do and I always feel better that I asked.
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  7. Sleddog

    Sleddog Ridin, again:)

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    We've hosted many Tentspace guests, both domestic & international travelers. Usually all ask if they can bring something. i figure they're on a motorcycle, in unfamiliar country, tired & just want a beer & comfortable place to stay. Going shopping & packing it on the bike is a pain. And please, don't leave money when you leave.
  8. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    We hosted @Tewster2 for a night at either end of his AK ride in 2016 and stored his truck for the duration. (great guest and now a friend)
    So far this Summer we've hosted @Momster & @Marcphoenix, @madmountainman, and @twiget ...all were fun guests and we look forward to seeing them again somewhere down the road.
    **Sep '17 edit**
    Add @nwcycle to the 'Casa Mayhem' visitors...a gracious guest and welcome anytime.
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  9. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    :thumb:thumb The mountains of NC are awaiting your arrival one day!
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  10. Momster

    Momster Adventurer

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    And the GA mountains, while you're at it!
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  11. MargaritaMotoress

    MargaritaMotoress AKA Tigger

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    Stayed w @Torch (Bill) and his wife Ginger in Coldwater, MI. Super nice folks. Put us up in an uber cool little Va-Ka-Shun-Ette Zollinger camper in the backyard. Use of their bathroom and we took showers. Fire ring and picnic table. Bill's converting an old Royal Enfield bike to run on diesel.

    His grandfather was a gunner in the British Army in India from 1893-1902. Being able to do anything runs in the family I guess.

    We slept in and when we finally got our lazy butts out of the camper he'd run to the donut shop and we had delicious chocolate glazed chocolate donuts w hot coffee for breakfast!

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  12. MargaritaMotoress

    MargaritaMotoress AKA Tigger

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    Spent a few days in Erie, PA with @rspa. He was an incredible host. Spent the first night camping on the grass between the big and little garages. Then moved the tent into the big garage where he lives in his RV. The house and little garage are rented to two young mechanics and serious dirt bikers ... as is @rspa. He put us up until the forecast improved. Took us to the beach, gave us a guided tour around Erie, treated us like royalty.

    Hope to catch up w him in AZ later this year so @Dualsportadv can help him rebuild the carb on his DRZ400.

    If you're in Erie and he's around stay w Randy! And if you want to get muddy - get him to take you for a ride.
  13. MargaritaMotoress

    MargaritaMotoress AKA Tigger

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    If your stay in Ely was w @raebear I can't agree more. We stayed w Ray for a few nights in early May. Watched some pretty awesome m/c and trials movies w him. Thanks Ray!
  14. Mtmedic

    Mtmedic All bleeding stops

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    We just hosted Rob30 for a night. What a great guy. Taught me about machining, had some good dinner and beers. Would host again anytime!
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  15. onebadscrambler

    onebadscrambler Adventurer

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    I need to offer up tent space so that I can give someone a reason to post a real interesting review.
  16. packn4alivin

    packn4alivin packn4alivin

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    I've had nothing but positive experiences hosting, and have met some awesome people.
  17. baldman1

    baldman1 Been here awhile

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    Same here
  18. onebadscrambler

    onebadscrambler Adventurer

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    But imagine how funny it would be to read about someone considerably overweight running around in a banana hammock shooting half empty beer cans while yodeling.

    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
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  19. rob30

    rob30 Adventurer

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    Thank you @Mtmedic ! You were a fantastic host!! I really appreciate the beer, food and just hanging out talking travel and machining. It was a great time!

    I also need to give a shout out to @brianjonesphoto ! I stayed at their house on a busy weeknight; They let me get cleaned up, fed me, and gave me a place crash!! Absolutely wonderful people!

    Absolutely great community, and great people here; This is a little hidden gem of the internet! I now need to get a house so I can host.

    And, strangely, on my way back to Wisconsin on I90 in South Dakota, I happened to pass a little Miata that looked strangely familiar... Sure enough, I passed Jamie Z...

    My fast touring bike at Ruby beach...
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  20. packn4alivin

    packn4alivin packn4alivin

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    20170821_135504.jpg me, my wife and a bunch of inmates that stayed at my place for the eclipse. It was a grand party!
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