Every once in a while I ride a bike 200 miles one way to visit a friend for a couple days, then ride back.
Generaly two nights camping each way over the boston mountains of Arkansas with minimal camping gear and a set of street clothes. Every time I try to stop at a different camping place, though thats getting harder.
Planning my next trip, I am wondering if this is just a trip by bike, or if taking a different route each time makes it touring. The whole point is really seeing my friends and thier kids, but I take the bike because I am car light and its fun, but feels different from a long journey just for the sake of taking the bike.
This trip I plan on mailing some clothing there and taking my road bike with touring gearing, trying for a one day trip but with my hammock just in case. My base wieght for camping gear, stove, hammock, tarp and bag is 12 lbs so I think I can do it(crossing some river valleys may kill the idea).
The first time I did it I carried 15 lbs of tea pot and cups as a wedding gift + regular load Its funny now, but not while I was climbing out of the Buffalo river valley.