Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Model: 91 Aspencade with a 97 powerplant!
I am all for being as prepared as I can be and am built for comfort and not speed. If you camp for more than two nights and are traveling "away" from your normal area, you should be prepared.
The last two Biking vacations we took (over a 6 day trip) were disastrous as far as weather. My lovely bride really was a champ though. The last one she actually drove her own bike in the rain for a week and was her first time driving in wet weather. She put on close to a total of 1500km in six days in heavy rain every day she was out. Not bad for a newly minted rider!!! I sure am glad this was a hotel vacation.
The second last one, the ones in these pictures we were camping. There was only suppose to be one day of real "rain" and popup showers to follow for the following day and a half. LIARS!!!! All meteorologists are LIARS!!!
While we were camping it rained so hard we had a small "river" run through our camp site and it actually left an imprint of the bike and trailer in the ground. It was awful... an awful 5 days of heavy rain. That's why the next one was going to be the hotel vacation with beautiful sun... see two paragraphs above.
My point is that you need to have the ability to take as close to what you would take if you were in a car. If bad weather sets in, you don't have a dry car to jump into to get away from it. If you liked camping as a kid or a your adult and it's been a long time since you have been camping... your memory, your mind and your body are probably lying to you and in cahoots with the local meteorologist about how fun and comfortable you will be.
Camping in the full sun without shade can be just as bad but at least you can find shade or some place to go to get out of it.
In my books, if you are going to camp and make a habit out of it, then, at least for us, a trailer is the first "must have" item.
1) Experience is something you don't get until after you need it.
2) A closed mouth gathers no foot.
3) IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO DO IT RIGHT, WHEN WILL YOU HAVE TIME TO DO IT OVER??
Horsepower is an illusory mathematical equation; Torque is REAL, and is the source of all good things in the world.
The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?
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