A couple weeks ago, I did my first overnighter on a whim to see what it was like. I shoved a rack on my Specialized Allez, loaded up some panniers I had for commuting and took off to a nearby campground. Not the ideal bike, or gearing, but I survived. I have a backpacking tent that only weighs 5 lbs and strapped it to the top of the rack.
When I set up camp, there wasn't a spot that didn't have less than 12 ant holes, so I just set it up and kept the flaps closed. I'm in OK, and it was brutally hot. When night time came, I got in the tent and zipped it up to keep all the bugs out. Now, I've read a lot about some of you folks foregoing a tent in favor of a hammock or simple tarp. Sounds reasonable, but what do you do about the bugs? On my trip, I had about 15 daddy-longlegs creeping along the tent mesh, and about a zillion of those wood bugs crawling over all my gear, not to mention the relentless assault from mosquitoes during the night. Is Oklahoma simply bug Mecca, or do you guys just shower in Off and call it a night?