Anyone Tour Old School?
Don't know what the true definition of old school might be, but interested in what others may have done in the way of touring with primitive equimpmet and gear. My first ever tour was in May 1971 after just getting out of the Marines.
My route was from my base in South Carolina to my home in Michigan. My bike was a hardware store 5 speed Murray ill- fitted and ill-equiped. I rigged with a very primitive aluminum tubed rear rack and made a piece of T shaped metal brace in front on which to mount a vinyl satchell. Carried a mummy bag, sterno stove, space blanket, large tarp and a full size air pump amongst other things. On the two week journey I stealth camped all but 3 nights using the tarp wrapped around the bike as a tent when it rained.
Bike was not big enough for me and remember having to basically peddle on one leg for a time when right knee made a creaking sound every revoulution. Hardest part was going up through Chatanooga and through Smokies and also the most thrilling. One night pulled off onto a drive going into woods to camp and scared up a black bear. Got back on bike and kept pedaling through the night (without lite) tell I got on the outskirts of a town. Other thrilling and unique experiences along the way.
If I recall correctly I did not see another cyclist out touring my whole trip. Interested if there are others who remember touring way back when or who have toured with low tech equipment.
Permission needed to cross Savannah River Plant in Georgia - Carrying bag mouted on front
Somewhere in the Smokies
Tarp used as tent for overnight thunderstorm
Stealth camping along the trail
Last edited by karjak; 10-24-09 at 11:15 AM.