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post #8 of (permalink) Old 02-12-2008, 09:18 AM
Cousin Jack
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Hey Winger!

Proud of you, Buddy! Sounds like you are on your way......

here are a few more "motorcycle camping" tips, all of which were gained by hard experience and most of which aren't often mentioned in "how to camp" books!

-- carry butane lighters instead of matches, several....some on the bike, some on your person, to light your stove, campfires.... Butane lighters don't get wet!

-- if you are of a certain age, like me, and have a "beign prostrate enlargement" condition, and have to get up some at night...... make sure to take a suitably sized bottle into the tent with you... empty quart-sized Gatorade bottles are perfect. They do away for that miserable 3:00am dash to the bathroom! (Caution: wife might turn jealous and hostile!) (Double caution: if you also have a drinking bottle in the tent, mark them each clearly!)

-- My lovely Red packages our five sets each of t-shirt, underwear, and socks in five separate ziplock gallon sized bags. Take one with clean stuff to the shower, bring it back filled with your dirty laundry. When you are out of the "clean bags," stop at a laundrymat. KOA's by the way, nearly all have laundramats, and are the McDonalds of the camping world. Most are pretty good -- with clean restrooms, showers, and small grocery and convenience stores all on the premises.

-- Carry a supply of plastic garbage bags rolled tight. Many, many uses.......! Line the stuff sacks of your sleeping bags with garbage bags for extra waterproofing... When our tent gets wet, we drop the stuff sack with it into a garbage bag to keep other things dry.... we never bother to machine-dry tents, tumble drying is hard on tents and most will dry in minutes when pitched in the sun.... on cold rainy days when we must ride, we put on our socks, then a garbage bag on each foot, and then the boot (cut the excess plastic bag off at the boot top and throw away) -- this "plastic wrap" under your boot keeps the tootsies warm and fairly dry!

-- A little bitty candle lantern (from a mountaineering or backpacking shop) on a picnic table will make your dark campsite cheery and homey.... a real fire is better, but sometimes forbidden.

-- If you are a reader, carry small led hiking headllamps and one book each. Don't carry more; there are free book exchanges in many campgrounds. If you aren't a reader, carry the headlamp anyway. Invaluable.

-- If you are gonna be in high mountains or are riding in cold weather, carry two old-fashioned hot water bottles. Use them for standard water carriers, and, if it is cold at night, boil some water, pour in the leak proof (hopefully) water bottles and put them in your sleeping bags! Toasty! Will increase the comfort range of your bags considerably!

-- If you are a breakfast person, get up, strike camp, make hot coffee..... then ride a hundred miles and find a McDonald's for breakfast..... not bad stuff really, and you can't cook a breakfast cheaper than they can give you! We snack out of supermarkets during the day, and only cook once a day. Toward the end of the day, we stop at another store to get the ingredients of a supermarket stew! Do all your cooking in one pot.... it is possible!

Hope some of this is valuable! See ya out there!

First name: Mel (Red\'s: Sandy)

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to." (Bilbo Baggins)
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