How do you take a bike camping? (Plus some OT pics)
I just spent a week camping in North Cascades Nat'l Park. Sadly, I left the bike at home, and sorely missed it for most of the trip. It's amazing how much freedom comes with a good bike; even in an inflatable dinghy, I feel a little bit "trapped" by comparison. But, I think a lot of us ride bikes because we like being outdoors, and so I'm hoping others will have some good advice.
I stayed at two campgrounds: one was in the woods at the edge of a lake, ideal for cycling, and the other was a backpacking trip that required a permit, up a trail that would be impossible on any bike. I don't believe either had a rack. Would it make sense to bring a cable lock, and attach the bike to a tree trunk? Do people leave their bikes behind and go hiking, in areas like this? I imagine it's less likely to run into a bike thief, but also that there's less to deter one if they do go exploring...
Hiking in a place named after a mountain range gives you elevation plots that look like one of Mr Beanz's rides. It's hard work, and a lot of it is borne by the legs, like cycling, and to a lesser extent by the cardio-vascular system. ( There's also carrying around a heavy backpack, while doesn't apply to cycling. ) I notice that long hikes are getting a lot easier than they used to be, since I've been biking so much, and especially since I've been taking on the hills in my city. I've been told that one shouldn't help with the other, which never made sense, but I think if you climb steep enough hills that you wind up mashing in the granny gear, this is going to make hiking easier for you. Has anybody else noticed this?
Even after hiking more miles than I can count, when I got back home and took the first few rides, some of the hills I climb regularly were a lot easier to take. I wonder if this means that I need to rest more, in general?
Some pics, from when I didn't have my bike last week:
Next, I need one of those bicycle boats.