More proper updates soon
Throughout my X Country trip I will be reviewing in detail the gear I use, new and old. The big new additions to my kit are the KLIM Altitude suit, Shoei RF 1200 helmet, Cardo Q3 intercom, Alpinestars Toucan GoreTex boots ( I have had these for a while and LOVE them) and a new OverBoard Dry bag…
I find there are three sides to the concept of camping while traveling on a bike.
- Stealth Camping: Living temporarily in a location, usually for recreation, in a covert or secretive fashion. Stealth camping is also referred to as wild camping, ninja camping, or free camping. (source: stealthcamping.com)
- Tent Camping: Enjoying the great outdoors living in a tent usually in some sort of park or campground
- No way tent camping: Enjoy riding a bike from hotel/motel to hotel/motel
Cheryl and I are mostly #2 and #3. Our theory about riding and camping/tenting is this…..If it’s not raining when we stop for the day and we are not too tired, we camp. Our definition of camping can be setting up our tent or staying in a cabin. We usually don’t mind if it rains on us after we get camp set up but truly dislike breaking down wet gear and having to pack it. If it’s raining, we are tired we might still cabin it or hotel/motel.
Last day of riding for us was actually something we expected…pouring rain almost all the way home from Fort Stevens. But in meanwhile who does not LOVE a fire while camping…? The second to last day was a mix bag. We just took our time and enjoyed exploring.
We will be doing a proper ride report and gear review when we get home but here are a few pictures of the inside of our tent. Last year we used a MSR Mutha Hubba Tent which was great but a bit cool for Alaska. This year we are using a Big Agnes tent and one that has really kept its promise….we stayed dry while camping at KLIM in pouring rain. It is roomy and light enough for the two of us and easily packed on our bikes. One thing the poles are too long for our panniers but no big deal. We just packed them away in our dry bag and strapped the bag on to our seats as usual.