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i was wundering where riders sleep while touring? some are obvious such as campgrounds or motels. what about about other places that can be used? walkabout :smiler:
 

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If you get out in the middle of nowhere in particular farm country and need to hold-up for the night, try a farm.

Many farms can put up temp workers during harvesting and can probably see to putting you up for a night with a shower in the morning for a small "donation" to the farm. Maybe evening do up a breakfast for 'ya before you head out.
 

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i know for a fact that if i ever was to go on a 5000 mile trip like i read on here

i wouldnt think twice i'd get a hotel room in a heart beat clean sheats a kinda soft bed maybe the vibrating one too for a quarter lmao

hot showers a/c or heat as you desire
 

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If you get out in the middle of nowhere in particular farm country and need to hold-up for the night, try a farm.

Many farms can put up temp workers during harvesting and can probably see to putting you up for a night with a shower in the morning for a small "donation" to the farm. Maybe evening do up a breakfast for 'ya before you head out.
Around here they call those a "bed and breakfast"... and they are OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive... regardless of the accommodations. With agriculture suffering... many ranches and farms are turning to offering hospitality for additional income.

I have good luck with small mom and pop motels in little towns... here's a site I use to find such places:

http://www.momandpopmotels.com/app/v1/index.php

From there I'll drop the address into Google maps and kind prowl the area to get a look at them before I arrive.

This summer I have stayed at Days Inn a lot. they have a loyalty program that gives you one night free after three. the rooms are usually about 60 dollars and I have to tell ya... most of them are really nice.
 

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i was wundering where riders sleep while touring? some are obvious such as campgrounds or motels. what about about other places that can be used? walkabout :smiler:
> Park bench at the rest stop

> Camping behind the hedge, at the motel (that was full)

> Camping in the sandbox, at the elementrary school --This one was the absolute Best, because of the Janitor that caught us at 5am... Could have been an *ss, but instead invited us in for coffee and donuts, and to use the facilities before school opened.
 

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CaptainMidnight85 wrote:
If you get out in the middle of nowhere in particular farm country and need to hold-up for the night, try a farm.

Many farms can put up temp workers during harvesting and can probably see to putting you up for a night with a shower in the morning for a small "donation" to the farm. Maybe evening do up a breakfast for 'ya before you head out.
We used to do that when we were younger. We'd stop by a well kept farm and ask directions to a nearby campground, casually mentioning that we were on a limited budget and didn't want swimming pools and such, just a place for the night.



In every single case, we were directed to a grove of trees on the "back 40" or "on the Johnson place" down the road. Many times we'd be invited in for supper or have a family member bring out a tray of something good to eat.

That's how I found out they make stew out of armadillos :sick:and jerky out of alligators. ;)



I also remember afarmer's wifewrapping two very large frozen beef steaks in newspaper and sending them with us in the morning with instructions to stop at the Blue Moon Diner in Amarillo for lunch. "They'll be thawed by then.Tell Mary that Hazel said tofry them up for you".

Then I got married. Now we have reservations sometimes months in advance of leaving the house.:?
 

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Iron butt motel.

If the weather is cold or otherwise bad then the 3.5 lb tent gets deployed (tested down to minus 35F and 85 mph winds)

Then the 'Motorcycle Travel Network' comes into play every few nights for a good clean up, excellent new friends, often with dinner, and a tour guide ect. all for $15.00 a night single, or $20.00 a night double for bed and breakfast.
 

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What's the Motorcycle Travel Network? Where can I find it?? Sounds promising!
 

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We stick to pretty nice motels, not expensive, but not dives either. The nice thing is that I usually take trips with two old buddies, one of whom prefers sleeping on the floor. So splitting a motel room three ways is really cheap.
 

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bACK IN THE dAY WHEN SINGLE i LIVED ON MY BIKE, NO VECHIEL
kept a sleeping bag In my locker at work .on the road where ever it looked comfortable. and you would not believe back then it was nice. very rearely the local athority ever stop to check you.and actully would ride by on rounds. and on occasion i have had a couple bring a snack. Its all how you present your self. the small town dinner or the gas station after hours were good to park and sleep. gas up in the morning and on Occasion helped out the owner around the shop. for a tank of fuel or ready for breakfest it always led to a good convesation, or hear some old travel stories. and on ocacasion ya might get that. we always dreamed of doing that. Today i dont know how that would go over.and its cheap hotels for us. if we travel. AHHH! thoes were The Days.
 

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Back when I was younger I rode all over the U.S. and most of Sonora Mexico, with nothing but a sleeping bag as a place to sleep. Those days are over. It can make for a VERY expensive trip, especially having to deal with gas prices as well, but I usually stay at a Motel 6. I have found them as low as $39 just in the past few weeks. Not the $20 from the good old days, but it could be a lot worse.
 

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Moderate priced hotels or friends/Relitives.
 

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Yeah benches in rest areas used to be safe but not any more....I have pulled over on the side of the road, and just took my sleeping bag, unrolled it and slept like a baby...Never tried asking a farmer about camping on their property...Spent many many nights in State and National parks, but then we had reservations well ahead of time, knew that we would be there on that point in our trip....Now it will be mostly motels, I'm too old to sleep on the ground any more....

PS: We stopped at a rest stop years ago after spending about 20 hours in a casino...About one hour after we stopped this man and woman knocked on our window...He had his hand behind his back, I had my hand on my 38, I pointed it right in his face, he was bent over looking in my window, it was down about two inches to let this cool breeze blow in...My wife reached over started our car, I told that guy to take his hand from behind his back...Sure enough he had a 22 cal pistol behind his back...Told him to throw it towards the road, he did, I hit the gas and we were out of there... Later the state police told us that this couple had been robbing people in the parking garages, parking lots at the casinos and that they had robbed several people in that rest area....One year later that rest area was closed, buildings and pavement bull dozed up...So after that, if its day time I'll stop in one, go do my business, get in my car or on my bike and leave...At night I only stop at truck stops, where there are lots of lights and lots of people....
 

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Big time on the farm suggestion, many times, when I was younger and more comfortable on the ground, we would stop at a farm and ask if there was a spot where we could pitch a tent for the night and maybe a small campfire. The few and I mean very few who turned us down were nice, polite and apologetic and usually suggested a local farm to ask.

Found a lot of sweet spots near creeks and ponds back then.

Now if it's not on a bed, I need the bigger tent and padded air mattress.
 

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I must be getting old, 'cause I no longer enjoy the ground.
I've become accustomed to showers and beds.
If I have some idea where I'm going to be, I'll check out TripAdvisor for decent motels, or usually try to stay at Best Westerns. They tend to be cheaper, friendlier, and cleaner than some others, or at least in my experience. Plus most are older and allow parking-at-the-door accommodations.
Just my opinion.
 

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While I almost always stay at a motel, I will stay at the cheapest fleabag place I can find. If you ever go through Gila Bend AZ, there is one there. $21 a night. Old and run down, but fairly clean. Can't see anything if you are asleep anyway.
 

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If you motel a lot, check out these guys. https://www.checkinncard.com/
Card doesn't costanything and usually gets me a very nice motel for the price of a fleabag or less.



You don't pay the motel. CheckInn bills you.
 
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