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post #311 of 325 (permalink) Old 05-13-2018, 08:14 PM
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I don't really camp, like I did when we used to take everything to cook and stay for a week in one place. I am really just tent sleeping. I ride the bike all day and see the country and about 4 in the afternoon I find some place to stay for the night. Set up my little tent and go find a restaurant to have dinner. Then go back and sleep at the camp. Some times visit with some neighbors. Some times the camp ground will have a pool for a swim. After writing this I guess I understand why the wife doesn't want to go . LOL If she goes we stay in Motel's and air conditioning. After a couple day of tent sleeping I get a room for a night. I really like my tent better than the room. I wake up in the mountains or the ocean views and clean air. I like it, it's always an adventure.
Man I wish my wife could get into this kind of camping. I really miss it. Her idea of camping is the Ritz Carlton.
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I love to tent camp on the bike and I've done it 3 times in the last 5 years and the last thing that I bought to help me sleep was a good fold-up cot as I too I'm getting too old to get off the cold ground. Or just getting up off the ground LOL. I did this without a trailer and the farthest I've driven was about 120 miles from home. I had a trailer given to me 2 years ago and I am getting it ready so I can haul a cooler (diet necessities) in the trailer along with my camping gear and clothes.

My wife likes to camp in a hotel and can't go for long rides on the bike and usually when she goes with me we take the Yukon. I am also thinking about buying a trailer to pull the Goldwing behind the Yukon so that we can enjoy the bike more when we're on trips.

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The Last picture with the Toyota in it was in Lone Pine. The people in the Toyota were camping out of the car. Next to them were a couple on a KTM motorcycle, they had been on the road for 2 weeks. The guy had everything you could think of packed on the bike. Looked like Dusty Boots with stuff sacks every where. They headed out for Home in San Deigo that night. It's a good inexpensive way to travel and you can see everything along the way. That camp ground was right at the foot of Mount Whittney so it was a pretty good view to the west. I have had RV's and I watch those guys spend an hour or more setting up and another hour packing up in the morning. Then you have to drive that box down the road and try to park some where when you get there. It's not my idea of an adventure. Peter, I'm going to try to go about the 10th of june and spend 5 days there. The wife has some medical problems that I'm waiting for her to get a little better and I have some work for the next 3 or 4 weeks and then I can go. I don't really plan my trips, I take my phone for gps and some maps and I start riding. I get an idea ahead of time the route and I have been looking at the parks I want to see, and off I go. That's the adventure.
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I dont do much planning either, Jerry but Ill keep an eye on your trip. Post pics too.We'll see if our plans match.

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I love tent camping from the bike while seeing the country. This is especially true if I can do it at a time of year and location when I can avoid mosquitoes without freezing to death.

I found a cot last year that I absolutely love. Easy to put together and take down. And it only weights 3lbs or so, takes very little room on the bike when packing.

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As far as cooking goes I usually just find a restaurant instead of hauling all the cooking equipment. Staying in a tent in bear country also seems like a reason to avoid cooking at my campsite.

I will avoid Indiana state parks on the weekend from now on though. Wasn't much sleeping going on in that one.
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I used to love tent camping,but these aging bones can't take it ,anymore.

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This last trip I spent 5 nights on the roads of Utah. 2 nights camping and 3 nights Motel. The new sleeping pad made nights a lot better but setting up every night after riding all day is a pain. Sometimes I'm just Lazy. LOL A nice camp ground in Torrey. Tent camping in an Orchard under the tree's, the wind came up that night and whipped the little tent around.
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Worst night in a hammock beats a tent. However, you will need an under quilt. Sleep at cedar breaks in UT, at 10.2 like a baby
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I haven't got to camp anymore this summer. It's now end of Oct. I might take a trip down to Arizona in Nov. I'm kinda missing a good long ride into some new country. I haven't told the wife yet, She can't travel on the bike anymore. So we will see. Maybe some of you guy's could post a few picture's from the road.
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I have a selection of tents. 3 man for single camping (room for all my other goodies, 4 man for two up trips, and a reasonable sized tarpaulin with two poles and pegs to use as a shelter in the middle of summer where a full on tent is extraneous. Makes a good bike shelter too.
Always take a mattress of some sort. Wings are well set up for storage and additional tent,tarp etc can fit nicely between rider back rest an passenger back rest with the help of a small cargo net.
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