Hello fellow tourers and adventurists...
I have about $150 to spend at REI on my dividend... thinking of looking at a bivy/tarp setup, most of the bivys that I'm looking at aren't sold at REI but they do carry some decent tarps. Looking at an MSR E-wing, which utilizes hiking poles to provide lift, as well as some guylines and stakes.
Wont be touring with hiking poles, has anybody tried to use things like your bike (which I will have) in some fashion instead of the poles? More likely than not, I will be "car" camping or stealth camping so I think I should be able to use trees here in the northeast.