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post #1 of 105 (permalink) Old 08-14-2011, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Do You Camp Or Stay In Motels?

Maybe I'm "old school" . . . I got my first bike (1970 Triumph TR6R) about the time Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper were doing "Easy Rider" (released 1969).

For those not familiar -- They were riding choppers, smuggling cocaine across the Southern US, Ariz. New Mex. headed for Mardi Gras in Louisiana --

Bed roll on the sissy bar and they camped out. (Yeah, sure they had a crew truck from the studio packing all their gear, but the "road gypsy" is the point here, not reality )

I just did 5 days heading to Reno. Camped out on the side of the road, rest areas, campsites. Sleeping on the ground, looking at stars through the mosquito netting on the tent, listening to the coyotes. (In LaPine OR, I actually called them into my camp site.)

McDonald's has WiFi -- also a large commode area in the rest room, secure and ample enough to change clothes. I can wash up at a roadside rest area. I don't shave . . .

My one iPod has an FM radio, (so does the Harley), iTunes, WiFi. It's not like I'm culturally isolated on the road.

Staying in a motel seems like "cheating" somehow.

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25 or 30 years ago, I traveled a lot with a tent and sleeping bag and stopped when and where I felt like it.
Today, I wouldn't even consider it.
With all the crazies out there, I wouldn't feel comfortable even if I was carrying. Sad commentary on our world today. (Or at least my view of it)

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I travel with my wife. WE stay in hotels, usualy fairly nice ones. After a 400-500 mile day I do not argue, I enjoy it too.
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I also travel with my wife. She was staying in a tent when she was a kid with her sister and they woke up with a large copperhead in the tent. No way she'd stay in a tent. I don't mind being able to jump into the pool after a long ride anyways.


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Well, I don't feel like I am cheating, I sleep in a locked room at night! Sorry I travel by myself a lot and prefer a hot shower, comfy bed and pillows, air conditioning, and locks on the doors...don't want snakes, bears, or crazies!!!

When I camp, I plan on going camping, when I ride, I plan on riding and don't want to sleep on the hard ground...then try and get up and motivated in the morning...I pack too much gear now for a week, if I camped I need to haul it all in a Uhaul!!!


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When my wife and I go camping, we take the truck and travel trailer. When we go cycling , we stay in motels with hot showers, A.C., and a little comfort. My days of sleeping in a tent with a sleeping bag on the hard ground in the jungle ended when I got back home in 1967. I agree with 4Raven. No apologies for being comfortable after a long, beautiful day on the bike.
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I have yet to do a trip, but one a few friends and I have planned involves hotel rooms. I'm alright with camping, but I think I'd rather have a nice bed to lay on after a nice day of riding.
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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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Looks good, but I do not go touring solo.
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Looks good, but I do not go touring solo.
Lucky you . . . Seriously.
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With age, the Motel 6 or Holiday Inn or whatever looks better and better. Trick number 84, when you are most tired, THAT is when someone will steal your motorcycle. With narrower bars, and being on the first floor, that sucker rolls right in my room, where it is protected by Smith and Wesson, Mr. Beretta or SIG Sauer. The SIG makes the large hole, so is the preferred protectant. There is something about a clean bed with a pillow that makes older bones rejuvenate during a good nights sleep. Camping with the tent is fine, but on longer trips, please give me a warm shower and a clean bed with a pillow.
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There is nothing wrong with camping. If it was that unsafe then nobody would do it. Part of the experience is setting up a tent, having a fire and enjoying nature.
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If I was a younger man (I'll be 66 in three weeks), I'd be camping out, no doubt about it. I love the out of doors, the stars, the coyotes and all that comes with it. But, with advancing arthritis, a knee that's getting replaced this winter and a bad hip and back....it's Holiday Inn for this old coot. Besides, I can't plug my C-PAP machine into a pine tree!

Nowadays, a 300 mile day is about my limit. I envy you younger guys more than you can possibly realize. I so miss the good old days when I was young, tough as nails, strong, full of ____ & vinegar and down for just about anything anyone suggested. But, at least I can still REMEMBER those days!

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I'll be there soon enugh, the ground gets harder every year and the years keep geting shorter, but were still Riding and thats what matters.
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I used to love camping, except for trying to roll up a tent and gear after a night of rain. But camping and riding are two separate activities as far as I am concerned. Usually my trips have been in the summer when I can get some time off alone, and having a nice air conditioned room and a good bed and shower are the perfect end to a day on the road.
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If I was a younger man (I'll be 66 in three weeks), I'd be camping out, no doubt about it. I love the out of doors, the stars, the coyotes and all that comes with it. But, with advancing arthritis, a knee that's getting replaced this winter and a bad hip and back....it's Holiday Inn for this old coot. Besides, I can't plug my C-PAP machine into a pine tree!

Nowadays, a 300 mile day is about my limit. I envy you younger guys more than you can possibly realize. I so miss the good old days when I was young, tough as nails, strong, full of ____ & vinegar and down for just about anything anyone suggested. But, at least I can still REMEMBER those days!
I'm still quite young (especially compared to this seasoned rider^), being only 20, so I can handle camping while riding. Although, if I should go riding with a girl friend, we'd probably stop at a hotel unless she wants to camp. But if it's just me and my boys, I say we camp.
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Camp while you're young. You'll never forget, and you'll have tales to tell when you get older. After almost 40 years of riding; a nice comfy motel is my preference.
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Yep, Camping is more suited for the younger riders. I can remember in my dirt riding days I just threw a blanket on the ground and crashed in the desert or mountains. The next day I was ready for anything. If I did that now I would need a crane to get me up off the ground! Motels, Hot food (usually next door).a good hot shower and a decent clean bed (not to mention a TV) are hard to beat for me these days. Camping is great if theres no pain envolved.
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No camping, no thanks. It has already been said; after 4-500 miles in the saddle, the last thing I want is to sleep on the hard ground. Particularly if I have to ride that long the next morning as well. Also, nothing like a nice shower, after wearing full leathers all day!
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Allison ... I'm aiming to do the same thing as you.
I've mostly been using motels - because i had to keep going and didn't have a lot of downtime. I have motorcycle-camped a little bit.

The main trick for me is to minimize gear. I hate riding with tons of bulky gear. By the time you add sleeping bags, camping clothes, maybe a motorcycle cover, and stuff - it gets to be a lot of bulk. So I gotta' work on a better system of getting rid of 50% of this stuff.

Pass on any idea that you've worked out.

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Ive slept on the ground....





Ive just slept in a chair in a rest stop....





Ive stayed in a few motels (the cheaper the better).....




I do a little of both. Usually on my multi-day trips I will camp 3 or 4 days....then hit a hotel. Gives me a chance to get a GOOD shower, clean my stuff up, do some laundry.....reorganize my junk etc.


Recently I upgrade from camping on the ground to a camper.....



Not sure if this is going to cancel out my hotel room every 3 or 4 days or not.....I personally dont care if I smell a little bit but when I travel with the girlfriend she gets a bit snippy if she doesnt get clean clothes and a shower......apparently wearing your clothes more than 1 day is unheard of if you have a vagina.
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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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Credit card camper... just don't like waking up kind of sticky and damp without a shower.

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If I was a younger man (I'll be 66 in three weeks), I'd be camping out, no doubt about it. I love the out of doors, the stars, the coyotes and all that comes with it. But, with advancing arthritis, a knee that's getting replaced this winter and a bad hip and back....it's Holiday Inn for this old coot. Besides, I can't plug my C-PAP machine into a pine tree!

Nowadays, a 300 mile day is about my limit. I envy you younger guys more than you can possibly realize. I so miss the good old days when I was young, tough as nails, strong, full of ____ & vinegar and down for just about anything anyone suggested. But, at least I can still REMEMBER those days!
Not Far behind ya Dewman!! Its a Hotel or Motel for me, got all my "camping" in in 1969!! Saw your campaign ribbons, when and where were ya? Central Highlands? LBJ? Just kidding about LBJ! Sure you were never in trouble! Just curious I guess
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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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Excellent Idea!!
I want to take a trip to Gastonia ,N.C. soon as it warms up a little but I want my bike to be there when I wake up!!
Ideas?
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Can't tell you about your particular ride.

Here's what would work really well.
One guy (or a few guys) start a web site dedicated to listing places where MC riders can stay while on the road. It can be broken down by states. Then all that has to happen is that various riders log on, and provide reviews of motels, hotels and other places. You can't beat firsthand reviews from real riders.

That sorta thing would be really helpful!

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I do both.....
Ur only as old as u feel.....
Depends on were ur at/goin....
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koa kamping kabins!! as close to camping as you can get with a comfortable bed and shower & a place to plug in your coffee pot!
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If I get a motel room,the bike comes inside......
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I usually camp. If I had to pay for motels, many times I would not be able to go on the trip at all or it would have to be much shorter. Of course, I usually tour alone so I can set up my tent or simply do this:



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I wish I could do that Mike, but after riding for so many miles I just can't sleep on the ground....I slept on cement once, because I was dead tired, but that was only a couple of hours...


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Don't get me wrong; a nice bed in a clean motel is just fine for me, but you gotta do what ya gotta do. With the wild swings of income with my publishing business, sometimes I barely scrape by and other months I have plenty. With time that ought to even out, and I can have more choices. That said, who the hell ever thought it would be a good idea to put gravel down in tent spaces in state and national parks? lol


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I usually camp. If I had to pay for motels, many times I would not be able to go on the trip at all or it would have to be much shorter. Of course, I usually tour alone so I can set up my tent or simply do this:



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Yep, done this to......works just fine .......
I found the jr. size dome tent at walmart is very compact....I use when camp/fish up on the Sou. Holston llake......being toned/slender ,med. build helps too.....
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That's the tent I carry and it is very compact, but since I bought mine they have added one called "Scout Tent" (I think) that is incredibly small packed. Don't know if it would be much good for more than one adult but I could not believe how tiny that pack was.


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Yes, I saw that one to Mike......
I have done same u show but also used one side to a fallen tree then over to the bike......how do u deal w/those gawd aful B-52 Mosqito's??
I remember them size of silver dollars around swamp bayheads in the natn'l forrest.....my last 16yrs was in ocala/silversprings......just got to hot.....
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It's been a long time since I did any tent camping, but the nylon dome tents were so easy to use, I can't imagine not using one for protection from the elements and the critters.
They weigh almost nothing and take up very little space on the bike.
Set up in a minute, come down the same way.
Cost less than $100.
What's not to like?

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25 or 30 years ago, I traveled a lot with a tent and sleeping bag and stopped when and where I felt like it.
Today, I wouldn't even consider it.
With all the crazies out there, I wouldn't feel comfortable even if I was carrying. Sad commentary on our world today. (Or at least my view of it)
What Charles W said!! I can remember when I did not lock the doors at my house....would I leave them open now?! HELL NO!!
Add to that the fact I got in all the "Camping" I wanted 1969-1971 coutesy of "Uncle Sam" No thanks

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Traveling cross country and camping on the side of the road wherever you feel like stopping sounds pretty awesome but I don't think I would ever do something like. I have much to dark of a view of the world. Call me a pessimist but it seems like asking for trouble. Unless maybe traveling with a decent sized group. Now purposely stopping in places that have designated campgrounds would pretty fun.
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For overnight stops maybe a motel but for longer stays I camp. Love camping but when you spend most of the time putting up the tent then taking it down its not worth it for stop overs.
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Going camping and moteling soon. spect the motels will be welcome. Have hiked and slept on the ground for days at a time but getting older and softer now I think. The right lightweight gear helps. Now I wonder if I need to bring a lock and chain.
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