Tidewater Camp Skills Weekend March 7-9

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Tidewater KLR, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. stoked steve

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    That sounds expensive!
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  2. Tidewater KLR

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    It's was, but it's all relative. I have a nice new Flex-Lite chair, smaller -lighter than Kermit at 1/2 cost. Also have 2 1.5L fuel bottles and pannier mount at much less than TourTech madness. Having sales guy "get" what i'm doing....and helping to find bottle mounts for fuel cans.... Priceless. BTW, The new 1/4 dome tent is really cool for honest single camping. One end is dual width, like the Half dome, the other narrows to just one sleeping bag wide. Plenty of room for you and some gear. Not sure how much smaller it is to pack but very nice design.
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  3. Tidewater KLR

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    18 campsites are open. Common... You know you want to. :wink:
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    Alright now! The predictions are the next set of weather will move out on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th will be pleasant. Overnight lows in the low to mid 40s.

    Welcome to come on out for part of Saturday if you don't want to actually camp.

    TKLR
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  5. deejmeister

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    $17 a night and a $6 "reservation fee"? what the hell is a "reservation fee"? I wonder what that money goes towards

    anyone want to split, PM me? I scouted out a secluded campsite
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    My bill shows "Use Fee" $34.00 for the 2 nights, which I assume goes to maintaining the grounds, and a transaction fee of $6.00 which should be paying for the online reservation system. I just rounded it out to $20 a night, and happy to have a place to camp this time of year. Most of the VA State park campgrounds open in a month.

    You can always just show up and pay at the park office. There's no way the camp will be full.
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    I called them, they said there's a fee even if you call or visit. Still a bit silly imho. Should be as simple as some office clown writing in a notebook.
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    I've got a cold kicking currently kicking my ass, hopefully I'll be well enough to stick with it this weekend.
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  9. biker128pedal

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    Did you check and see if they are open?

    "Merchants Millpond State Park » Current Conditions Park Closing ... details ±
    Due to icy road conditions the park is closed. It will reopen again when conditions improve.

    Updated: 2014-03-04 08:57:11

    It was the beginning of the week.
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  10. Tidewater KLR

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    Thanks Biker,

    The Park is Open, they were only closed on Monday and left the notice up acccidently. The notice is down, and I Just called and talked to the ranger, let them know I'm not arriving tonight but will be there in the morning. I have some things to take care of that can't wait and it's probably best to let this wind/rain pass through anyway.

    I'll should be at the campsite by 10am or so.

    TKLR
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  11. stoked steve

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    Yeah, tonight would have been a real fun ride and set up!

    Yuck, I drove 8 hours up to Staunton and back in this crud today. Can't wait to see it gone.

    I'll plan to get out that way mid-dayish tomorrow.

    Mowman expressed an interest in riding out there with me, if you're reading this Mow send me a PM for meet up details (and anyone else that might want to ride out there).
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    10 o'clock meet up at the Wawa on Holland/S. Independence for a ride out to Gates via as back roads as we can....
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    I'm sure Tidewater KLR is busy getting ready to not be working anymore and travel the US (for a bit), so a few pics of our meet up.

    Mowman and I rode out to Gates to visit the intrepid camper, Tidewater KlR, aka Ethan, also host of our annual New Year's Day ride.

    It was strictly a '12+ Wee event. No posers allowed.

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    The travel mobile...

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    Ethan displaying his wide collection of camp paraphernalia. The Subway bag is mine, my idea of camping...

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    I'm hoping he survived the night and is busily planning his trip Westward as I post this.

    Wishing you fair seas on your journey my friend!
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    Hi Steve, I survived one of my noisiest nights ever in a tent LOL. Who knew every dude with a performance engine would break their machines out on the same night and blast around late into the night. Had a slightly rowdy group party around the camp fire on the other side of the campground. All good, but the white noise of I-64 at NPN would have been about the same. My sleeping bag was a fail. Zipper jams, It seems to have shrunk :huh. Need a new sleeping bag. Will post some more and pics of my hike around the park later tonight.

    TKLR
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    Man time is flying as I finish up my last month on active duty....

    Here are a few shots from the camp out.
    Loaded up, lots of spare room in the bags with the wolfman Beta bag on the rear.
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    Went for a hike after the guys visited.

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    I have replaced my cheapo sleeping bag with an REI Lumen +25 bag. Nice and roomy and an honest 25 degree bag. As for the cellphone dying... I added a cool radio from REI as well; Eton FRX2 Emergency Radio- Solar/Hand Crank/USB chargable - With USB Power Out to charge a phone.

    Just got my Wolfy tool roll in from Wolfman, getting to work on improving my toolkit and spares.
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