Creepiest experience while camping or riding

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Wreckman, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. ponytl

    ponytl even my new bike is old

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    I would bet it was true... I had an older Vietnam vet friend working for me and in that same time period (late 60s-early 70s) they would head down that way and run the 1000... his stories were pretty amazing and told dead pan... they always traveled/raced armed..
  2. MrBob

    MrBob Curiouser and curiouser

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    Usually, the grouse drumming would start slowly, then speed up, then taper off again. A fairly common sound near grouse habitat.
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  3. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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  4. Menhir

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    Primitive camping near Pine Creek Gorge, PA. It was late in the season and the campground was mostly empty...I was only able to tell there were others in the area because I could glimpse a couple scattered campfires through the trees as it became dark. I was pretty much alone there.

    Sometime at night, something trundled up to the tent and spent some time sniffing and snuffing around it. I never bothered to unzip the flap to see what it might be, safe and secure in the knowledge that I was fully protected by .5mm thick waterproof WalMart tent fabric.
    Anyway, I pack a small tent and I knew that whatever was out there would likely be staring me in the face if I decided to take a look, so I decided that ignorance was indeed bliss. Eventually the night monster got bored and went away and I went back to sleep. I guessed it was a bear.

    The next morning I broke camp and stopped off at a nearby store/gift shop before heading out. The owner asked if I had any trouble with bears. It turns out that the police had to be called because of bears causing trouble in a family campground in the valley below my camp.

    I'm glad I don't keep food in my tent when I'm camping in the woods.
  5. Bighammer49686

    Bighammer49686 Been here awhile

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    Camping in West Virginia, middle of nowhere, wife and I had tent set up, enjoying a small campfire and a star-filled sky. In the distance we hear some engine noises. It got closer and louder, indicating multiple hot rod 4x4 trucks and/or Jeeps. It all stops about a 1/2 mile away, then we hear voices shouting, dogs barking, along with some other noises mixed in: doors, tool box doors? Clearly it was a group of drunk locals out for some fun on a Saturday night.

    Then gunshots. Glass breaking, bullets hitting trees, more yelling whooping. More engine noises. Multiple dogs are just going completely nuts barking, howling. It's like dogs vs men to see who can make the most noise.

    Our fire had burned way down, but it still felt like it was a beacon to say "Young defenseless couple in love from Michigan, right here!" I had tried to block out whatever light was escaping out fire. As we listened, it was clear they were mobilizing again, and coming closer. I got to where I was almost laying on top of what was left of the fire. They never came to us, but did seem to get plenty close enough to let the imagination scare the hell out of me.
  6. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    never should of watched that darn movie...
  7. motojunky

    motojunky Professional Idiot

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    Fun thread.

    I was at a kart track in Batavia, NY back in the late 90's. We camped overnight to save $$ on a hotel. There were no other campers there - just a buddy and I. Sometime after we fell asleep, we woke to a bunch of ATVs circling the tent. The riders were hollering, revving engines, etc. I was pretty sure that they were just screwing with us, but didn't like it either way. We were way outnumbered and unarmed. Eventually they got bored and left. I didn't get much sleep that night.
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  8. motojunky

    motojunky Professional Idiot

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    Camping in Virginia, not far from Luray. We used to go to a nice privately owned campground that we affectionately called the "crazy ladies campground" in reference to the owners. Our campground was along a tree line which was pitch black after dark. While sitting around the fire we heard a big commotion in the trees. Then we saw BIG eyes headed our way. It took a few seconds to get a flashlight in hand to reveal the monsters. Cows. :)

    The campground is now a KOA with nice level RV sites and none of the "crazy lady" character. :(
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  9. motojunky

    motojunky Professional Idiot

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    Maybe my favorite:

    Many years ago my wife and I decided to visit Bush Gardens in VA. We didn't think to make a reservation and found campgrounds full. We did find a place that had one site remaining. It seemed to be a great site - large, level, and backed up to trees. It was dusk when we got settled in, so I did not look closely at or beyond the trees.

    Side note: A day or two earlier we watched a TV program about train crashes. I don't know why - it just caught our attention.

    Sometime after getting to sleep, we woke to a tornado. At least that was our first guess. It was a train. There were tracks on the other side of a thin line of trees. The first train to come by was a high-speed train and the pressure caused the tent to blow over partially like a strong wind. It was over fairly quickly and we laughed. Then the slow cargo train came. Being half asleep and having just watched the documentary on train crashes, I was sure that we were going to be crushed by a derailed train. :)
  10. mac w b

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    So I just finished 50 states/13 countries and stealth camped majority of the time.


    The craziest story is when I was balls deep in the backwoods of Kentucky and it was pouring down rain and starting to get dark. I decided that camping next to a old church would be a good option so I set up camp and went to sleep. I was woken up at 1AM with someone digging in the woods next to me, my heart was pumping and I armed myself with bear spray. The digging ended and I eventually nodded off to sleep until 1:30 AM when I was awakened again with 2 dogs barking at someone. About 10 seconds later 15 gunshots ring out in the air, I’m thinking to myself “holy f#@k someone just got murdered”. About 5 minutes go by with dead silence in the woods until someone starts to fill in the hole and then disappears back into the woods.
  11. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    So in the morning did you find the spot where they were digging?
  12. RebornRider

    RebornRider Been here awhile

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    Holy cow! That IS scary! Seems deploying bear spray while in a tent ( like if somebody or a bear was tearing your tent open ) would not be a good idea. I have a son in Jackson, WY and visit for weeks at a time, hike a lot in grizzly country and am considering tent camping in the wilderness areas this summer. I've thought about tent camping in grizzly country with some trepidation! Am also interested in your morning after!! You've been on quite an adventure... CONGRATS!
    Ride safe all.
    gary
  13. tennistime99

    tennistime99 Been here awhile

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    Love reading all these stories of grown men and women getting the heebie jeebies. Many times I've been spooked and it's good to know I'm not the only one.

    In the early 2000's I was on one of my early season trips through Yellowstone to try to beat the crowds. I had gone all the way to Billings, MT on I-90 to swing in from the northeast. I love the stretch of road that goes through Cooke City. Along that road there are several campgrounds that are rarely open early in the season.

    Passing one campground I noticed the gate was closed but the boulders they used on both sides of the gate were spaced pretty far apart. It was getting late, I was tired and I was in need of a restroom soon. I decided to give the rocks a go. I managed to get my driver's side tires up and over one boulder with the passenger side in the open space. Made it into the campground with a little self back patting and drove into a completely empty campground. After a drive around the campground I settled on a site overlooking a ravine with a river and a restroom right across from it.

    Having settled on a site it was time to head for the restroom, hoping it wasn't locked. Miracle of miracles it wasn't locked and it had toilet paper! Man this was a great idea!

    After settling in to take care of business I sat and listened to the wind in the trees and felt the cool breeze coming through the vents. This was going to be a fantastic camp!

    A few moments of ignorant bliss pass and I hear what sounds like someone twisting a foot in the gravel behind the restroom. The entire restroom and garbage can area is covered with round pea gravel.

    Now focusing on the sounds outside I hear footsteps slowly crunch around the side and directly to the front of the restroom and stop. No mistaking the sound. First thought in my mind was a ranger about to knock on the door and give me a lecture or a ticket for being in a closed campsite. My great idea of a campsite didn't seem so great now.

    After a few moments with nothing happening I gave a hesitant "Hello?". No reply. Now logic (or lack of) jumps straight to GRIZZLY! We all know grizzlies hunt campers coming out of restrooms, right?

    I sat there for several minutes trying to think of my exit strategy and decided my only options were to sleep on the crapper and hope whatever was outside would go away or see what was out there. I slowly pushed the door open sliding my foot along the floor with the door hoping I could jam it if something tried to force it's way in. Got the door open far enough to look around and didn't see anything so I stepped out. Very carefully I checked both sides of the restroom and still didn't see anything. Being a mature, well balanced male I did what felt right. I hauled ass for the truck as fast as I could go being thankful I hadn't locked the door.

    From the safety of the truck I waited to see who or what was visiting my dream camp but nothing ever showed. I drove the entire campground again and saw no sign of anything having been there. After a few minutes of analyzing the situation I realized there was no way in HELL I was going to stay there by myself.

    I ended up staying at Tower Fall Campground directly across from what I believe was a twenty first century Jed Clampett, but that's a story all it's own.

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  14. Trasch

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    A number of years ago a friend and I decided to take an extended multi day ride north into Ontario, heading on a northerly trajectory on logging/fire roads whenever possible as our only plans. We wanted to get out and explore off-road on the bikes. We made it north past most of the standard civilization and found a lot of nice roads and trails, we then came across a random overgrown road/trail heading north that looked promising so we took it.

    We had been riding for a few hours and discussed just stopping on the logging road/trail at some point to eat lunch. I wanted to at least find some bigger body of water to have something to look at and avoid some bugs but it was just miles upon miles of woods. So at some completely random point I just stopped so we could get off the bikes, stretch and have some lunch. We were in the classic middle of nowhere, heavy woods on both sides, we hadn’t see anything for miles.

    As we ate lunch and talked about our plans we heard something in the woods, it was thick as heck a few feet into the woods so we couldn’t see anything, but we both definitely heard it. I was reaching for my bear spray when a voice spoke up, which I will remember until the day I die. It was simply “motorcycle trouble?”. My buddy and I were both frozen for a second as it was at the very end of what we were expecting, the only reply I could muster up was, no just having lunch. My buddy then asked if they needed help, no response.

    That was it, nothing else, the person didn’t say anything else, we never heard them walk away, nothing. I think I still had my sandwich in my mouth from how quickly we jumped on our bikes and got out of there. I’m glad my buddy was with me to confirm we heard what we heard and to this day we still ride together a lot and we never miss a chance to say “motorcycle trouble?” to each other at the most random times.
  15. RebornRider

    RebornRider Been here awhile

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    Maybe it was your guardian angel checking in on yas! Seems as good an explanation as any. Thanks for sharing.
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    gary
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  16. uski

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    I have one for you. It's going to be a bit dull when compared to other stories out there but... let's share it anyway

    So I was camping in Quebec near Lac St Jean, which is quite remote, in a camping spot in the woods with no services at all (just a camping spot in the middle of the forest).

    It was pitch black, no lights of course, no noise at all (except the normal wildlife noises at night - things moving around a bit, that's it).

    I went outside, can't remember why, probably to pee, walking a bit trying to find my way with a weak flashlight.

    Then I see it. I couldn't tell how close it was, but I see this eerie green thing in front of me. It's not moving a lot, but it's moving.
    What is it ? An LED from someone's equipment ? I start to freak out a bit. What the hell is that ? Why would someone be there, silent, in the dark, probably watching me ?

    I look at it closely, trying to figure out how far it is. My flashlight is too weak to detect anything. And then, it disappears, which freaks me out even more. Did the person notice me and is that person trying to hide now ? WTF is going on ???

    So I start walking backwards, I'm not extremely worried either, but you never know.
    And then I see another one just like it, at a complete different location. Then another one. Then another one.

    Stupid fireflies... never saw one before !
  17. DOGSROOT

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    Fireflies!! :happay

    Didja sample the Tourtière up there, tabernac...?
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  18. warriorcole

    warriorcole n00b sch00b

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    One of the best movies ever.
  19. Roads and Trails

    Roads and Trails Just Ridin' Along

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    18 years old, on my first M/C road trip, I was riding from Kansas City home to Albuquerque on my '66 305 Yamaha. Between Dalhart TX and Tucumcari NM, dead tired, I found a roadside rest area with a picnic bench. Nothing else for twenty miles either direction, overcast, no moonlight, pitch dark! I am sound asleep on the top of the bench for, I don't know how long, when I wake up hearing foot steps! Step, step silence. Step, step silence. What do I do?! Jump up to confront my attacker, or continue playing dead?!

    "moo"
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  20. WhereverIMayRoam

    WhereverIMayRoam Roamer, Wanderer....

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    Not so much frightening as just a situation we did not wish to be in. Around 1995 a friend and I were on a Michigan to California road trip on crotch rockets. Somewhere in New Mexico a guy on a Harley joined us. He rode with us for an hour or so till we stopped for gas. We told him we were just two dumb kids driving cross country and camping. He told us he would love to hang out with us while we were out West, as he was on the run and had killed someone in Wyoming.... We didn't really know what to say, he followed us to a place we stopped to have lunch, we let him go to the bathroom and we snuck out of the restaurant and hauled ass out of there. Never saw him again. Other than that just annoying beggars at gas stations. rest stops and other assorted odd individuals who set off your "spidey sense" to alert you that spending time with them might not be in your best interest. There's a lot of crazy out there. I fear humans far more than animals and I've slept in grizzly and cougar country for weeks at a time without incident.