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post #41 of 105 (permalink) Old 04-15-2012, 10:22 PM
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Being an avid outdoors man and Jeep enthusiast, I usually tent camp with my small 2 man hiker/biker tent:




Folded down and rolled up it's in a tube shape about 18" long and 6" in diameter. It should fit comfortably into a saddle bag.
In the other saddle bag I should be able to fit my sleeping bag and ground pad. I have to buy or build a sissy bar so I can strap on a backpack of clothes and such (depending on trip length), but that won't be too hard.

Here in PA there's a LOT of camp grounds with shower houses or open streams/rivers to wash up or bathe.

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I'm thinking more about hoteling and I guess it would depend on the trip and how many of us there are. I can see if there is 2-4 people (2m, 2f) splitting a hotel so we have showers a soft bed.

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I want to take a trip to Gastonia ,N.C.
Wow! I think that may be the first time I've ever heard (or read) those words used together in the same sentence.

Just kidding of course. I've lived here all my life. Even returned voluntarily after I left the Marine corps.

I don't have any specific recommendations, but if you google it you'll find that there are now several hotels just off I-85 as you pass through the Gastonia/Belmont area. That wouldn't have been the case just a few years ago.

Since you would probably do the trip in one day, you shouldn't have any need to camp along the way, unless you wanted to. If that's the case, there are plenty of camping options in the NC mountains along the way.

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I prefer to camp, but it depends on where I'm going. Sometimes it just makes more sense to hotel it.
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It would depend for myself. Im fine camping if im just solo. If im in a group of people on a run i would camp or stay in a hotel. It would depend on what they were gonna do. My step father refuses to camp out. His idea of camping includes a 5 star hotel with room service.
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Somebody should publish a list of motorcycle-friendly motels.
Not too expensive. Clean. And your bike is safe.
That would be useful info.

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Can't we do this right here? All everyone has to do is start posting their fav places by city/state. Maybe rate it too... cost, safety, cleanliness, etc. Hunting forums I frequent post great places to stop & eat, too! They are usually their own thread/forum and broken up by location. Could do USA by regions....

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Motels, pretty much. Super 6's, or whatever the cheapest place around is. Hate having to drop the coin, but wearing contact lenses it's a pain not to have clean water.
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Definitely camping... but you definitely have to pick and choose your places accordingly. Lots of weird people out there.

I have found that bike people are a lot more friendly and get looked after a bit more than average travelers though. Case in point, parents hit a deer this year, parts all over the road, no one stops to check or help.

Where as, I pull over at night to change my gloves over as it was getting cold, and I had people turning around on the highway asking if I was alright.

Restored my faith in humanity a bit. Just a bit. Bar is set pretty low though.
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Both.

Depends on the weather, mostly.

We went north this year around lake superior for example. 2500 miles in 8 days. Was an awesome trip.

We camped 5 nights, 2 motels and 1 mini cabin.
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We use the backpacking Toughtripod grill

When we go for trips we take the backpacking Toughtripod. It only weighs 9 pounds and breaks down easily for traveling with our Honda Goldwing. The grate is only 13 inches wide, It is just right for the two of us grilling in camgrounds over a small wood fire. Then later on we have a campfire
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Really pertinent topic and always relevant, my dilemma this riding season, would like to stretch out and save coin too. Camping vs motel, hotel or Holiday Inn is right important.
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This is an interesting subject. I want to do some bike camping. I think I need to get a sissybar for my bike to have something to strap things to. My saddlebags won't hold much.
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Old, yes, but fun to read how others handle traveling on a bike. I do both; camp a day or two then hit a motel to clean up.
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I wish I could camp...but mostly motel it. Gotta get more camping gear

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Camping is a subject that is important to me. I have been playing with it for 40 years and have tried, the backpack, mtn. bike camping, ski camping, river raft camping, sailboats, it just goes on and on. Now on my bucket list is motorcycle camping. Probably not in keeping with road touring, but more forest roads and mountain lakes. I have found some stuff that might be of interest to some. First is a video about three guys that cruise Mexico on old school scramblers. They each had a single army duffel behind them. It became my quest. Duffel on the back, no ad on boxes or panniers... Here is the link to Cycles South. Kinda like a Warren Miller ski or surf film. A little bawdy.



Then to address the matter of sleeping on hard ground... I am contemplating this handy little tent. It is a tree tent, and of course no use in the flatlands. Here, however it can keep one up and away from bears and wolves and mosquitoes, since they are all at low levels.

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Not sure how old this post is, but for those of you looking into lighter/smaller gear and easier on the back, look into hammock camping. I'm still in the process of getting into a class and then a bike. I eventually want to do a Blue Ridge Parkway ride and stay at the campsites there. Of course some places restrict hammocks for whatever reason, but it can be done much lighter than a tent. But for each their own.
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How ever many persons a tent says it is, subtract one. Especially in winter or rain.

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Everything I needed for 5 days / 5 nights, 1,650 miles, four states -- camping.

I don't cook or pack food. Disabled Veteran Pass -- free sites in state/federal camps. They're safe, secure, have hot showers, running water, and flush toilets.
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My idea of roughing it is a Holiday Inn Express.

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Camping

Thread is as old as side valve motors. And some folks on it like Halpine and Allison have not posted for a while.
I have no problem tenting in my family size unit, but the weather has to be acceptable. Whidbey Island race week ( sail boats ) is a tenting affair. Was there in 014, late July. Can still be darn chilly.
Camping for us is now done on the sail boat, but we have all the gear, like a cooker, heater and fridge. We can be away from the dock for weeks at a time.
I need to be near a restaurant to camp.

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Check out this page. I believe you will find out about Federal Parks. Also if you google Disabled Veterans Pass you will find a lot of them listed for different states.

http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm
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The MAIN problem with motorcycle camping ... there's a TON of stuff to be carrying on your bike. Your bike is weighed down by so much extra gear, it's like riding an overloaded camel. It's not the fun riding experience that it's supposed to be.

You can go LIGHT, and cut gear to a minimum. But then Critter's words come back to haunt you. Your body is gonna be pretty sore, after lying on that hard ground all night. Stuff like ground pads and inflatable pads are pretty bulky.

I LIKE the idea of a hammock. But it would need to have the perfect design. Strong, but lightweight and able to fold up easily. Most hammocks are made for people who hang them in their backyard, or carry them in an RV. I haven't seen a hammock that's good for motorcycle folks.

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I LIKE the idea of a hammock. But it would need to have the perfect design. Strong, but lightweight and able to fold up easily. Most hammocks are made for people who hang them in their backyard, or carry them in an RV. I haven't seen a hammock that's good for motorcycle folks.

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If you google camping hammock you'll find an endless amount of information about it. I haven't made the move to purchase one bc my wife's not into camping YET. But I hope to eventually be at that point. The hammocks are primarily made out of ripstop nylon and are extremely lightweight and compact. Some come with bug netting, others you have to get or make separately. There's ways of keeping warm that vary by preference. The rain cover is as simple as a tarp or you can get/make a custom rain cover that can be as extravagant as you can imagine especially for winter camping. Do some research on it, there's a few forums, but an endless amount of info on how to get started.
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One advantage to motel'ing it is that you can ride longer: no set-up time required, no tear-down time either. As for fees, camping has become almost equal in cost to inexpensive, small motels. We find that even minimizing our gear, we could not camp without pulling a trailer, as we ride two-up. I do not care to pull a trailer -- if we need a trailer, we might as well drive the car. YMMV.

We do not make reservations ahead of time, so we have tremendous freedom to quit when we like, unless we can't find a place to stay. Worst experience so far, since 2007, was we had to drive 40 extra miles to find a place. Quality of motels varies, but we've always found decent places thus far.

We added a trailer hitch, and a cooler rack, last year. That will allow us to pack some drinks, and lunch food, as we do get tired of restaurant food 2-3 times a day. It also reduces the cost dramatically.

By motel'ing it, we gain more hours to ride each day, as well as the freedom it brings. Camping was more fun when we were younger, but after a long day of riding, a nice, comfortable bed, is wonderful. Cheers!
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SgtSlag - try tivalgo next time. An app for your phone that checks hotels in your area and then compares prices from about 8 websites to get you a price.


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If I want to camp we take the motor home. I find I really need a shower & a comfy bed at night. My days of sleeping on the ground are over. My body can't take it.

I agree with SgtSlag, we can stay in motels almost as cheap as camping. We never make reservations either because if we get tired, we pull in. If we find something we want to see or come across a motel on a beach, lake, river, mountain or something else we want to sit and watch we'll pull in.

As far as meals, it there is a continental breakfast we're good to go. If not, we may just ride and when we get hungry start looking for a restaurant for a "good" meal. It isn't unusual at all for us to only eat 1 meal a day so we want a nutritious one.
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Critter,

Never thought about using an app... Thank you! Wife has a smart phone, with a data plan, so this will help out a very great deal! Hopefully they list all local motels, not just the ones who pay them... We will definitely check this out.

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Be careful about skipping meals. Even healthy people can suffer mild Hypoglycemia, or Low Blood Sugar, when skipping meals (usually feeling weak and tired). On bike, you need to be in tip-top shape, all the time you are driving. YMMV, of course, but it is something to pay attention to, and be aware of. Ride safe! Cheers!
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Sgt - they say that they list all the hotels with vacancies. On my trip to Maggie Valley, I stopped for lunch about 2. Got the app out and ended up staying at a ski resort just off the BRP. Dirt cheap as well. (off season) I would never have though to look there.


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Now you tell me! I'd have never got that one man tent if I'd known this.
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I'd say subtract 2 from the claimed size of the tent. You need space to enter with wet, muddy shoes when its raining or just rained, and without that extra space you get the mud all over your sleeping bag and other gear. My favorite part of camping was folding up a wet, dirty tent in the morning...not. I camped when I was younger, out of necessity. Now its motels with clean beds and hot showers.

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If I am riding, I stay in motels (usually little locally owned lodging) I prefer to have a place that I can park the bike right outside the room. My Vegas just doesn't have the capacity to haul the gear to make camping comfortable in addition to the riding gear/clothes of a usual tour.

I take camping trips too, but I take the Jeep and throw in a bit of overlanding, fishing, canoeing, and hiking.
I've considered buying a KLR and combining the two passions. But I'm not sure I want to sleep on the ground after a day on the bike...and it's kind of hard to haul a kayak on a motorcycle

When I was in my teens and 20s we would backpack/camp; everything we needed for 4-5 days was hauled on our backs deep into the northern WI and MN wilderness. No camp sites, no GPS, washing in lakes and streams. If it were season; we would hunt rabbits, grouse, squirrels to feed us. Even did a few weekends in the dead of winter (sleeping in a snow shelter is actually quite warm) And sitting outside in the middle of nowhere watching the aurora bursts above your head, the last thing you are thinking of is the cold.

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I have toured quite a bit camping 6 days out of 7. The only time I use a motel is when the weather is lousy.

I don't sleep on the ground. I use an air mattress.

A motel is nice and preferable but when you are touring for 28 days it gets expensive. If a motel was the same or only slightly more than camping I certainly would but camping is hands down cheap.

Campgrounds almost always have showers and many have laundry.

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This is a very interesting post. I am taking a vacation week starting April 19 riding up into and around my home state of Arkansas. Going to stop and see my brother, and have lunch with him and old friends in the north east part of the state then start home. This will be a 5 to 6 day trip really looking forward. It will be motels all the way my camping days are over i like a hot shower and clean bed at night. I will take a few MRE's for breakfast and lunch still got a mini stove from my backpacking days. This was the trip I had planned for March and had to post pone.
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I usually also have an MRE or 2 in the saddle bag on tours. It's nice to just stop and have lunch at someplace scenic if the mood should strike.


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Jo6pk you are right I like to stop at a spot have a bite to eat rest a few minutes and then back on the road.
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In days past,we (the wife and I) always camped. Just getting back into riding (and just go tour first bike in almost-exactly 10 years),we'll probably do more motels than we did back then. A little older,and a little more broken down than I once was (spinal injuries from 2001,worsens a bit as I get older),LOL,so won't want to sleep on a rock as often as I once did
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