I just read a trip report on CGOAB about a cyclist who stealth camped in NJ's Pine Barrens. And apparently,he got away with it. But not in the way he thinks.
For those of you not familiar, Jersey's Pine Barrens are a beautiful place. Clean water flowing up from one of the worlds' largest underground water supplies, sleepy little back roads, and a cedar and pine forest that makes you say "This is New Jersey?" Yup, it is. And to top that off when in those woods you are the apex predator. Well almost. But, no bears to speak of, or wolves, or mountain lions. No alligators to ruin your afternoon swim. And few snakes that could give more than a scare.
Unfortunately, there is one beast to worry about, and it's smaller than a pinhead. It is the deer tick. And these wood are infested with them. So much so that a one minute pit stop foray into the cover of bush could change your life forever.
And, i should know. I come off the Doxy next week.
It was quite a coincidence that while reading the Crazy Guy journal that within that report is a picture of the author's stealth campsite. He camped on the exact trail where I picked up my hitch hiker. That the author escaped tickless is just luck. Friends who kayak the rivers report the ticks are crazy this year. Along with the deer flies, the noseeums, and the mosquitoes. Cold winter, wet spring will do that. So a word to the wise, thinking about stealth camping in the Pine barrens? I 'd rethink that plan. But if you do, the locals are glad to have you. For dinner that is!