Okay, first lets get this out of the way… I enjoy putting myself through unnecessary stress, pain, exposure to the elements, sticky situations, solitude, and just about everything else that makes people miserable. I’ve done “stealth camping” in box cars (abandoned and moving), houses that were under construction, corn fields, rock quarries, caves, under bridges, sheds in home depot parking lots, people’s tool sheds, on the ground in the rain with no shelter, the back of a semi, and just about any other unusual place you can think of. (and I’m only 22). (I’ve only been caught once – by Canadian police who just wanted to make sure I wasn’t littering).
That being said, Here’s my idea: As soon as the ground thaws, I’m going to ride from Chicago and Columbus Ohio to visit my family. I’m planning on doing this on a single speed, by myself, and using a backpack, instead of panniers, and no tent/sleeping bag (though I may bring a tarp). Also, this will be my first tour, ever.
Does anyone else share the same sick fetish as me with self-inflicted misery, or am I alone on this one? (I’m not looking for a partner, I just want to know if anyone else does this kind of thing). I guess what it boils down to is that I like the feeling of accomplishment after achieving something most people wouldn’t try. The feeling afterwards just feels great. It’s just a great release. What kind of supplies to you bring on a tour like that? (food-wise, mostly). I just want to have a very simple, natural, refreshing tour and not worry about gear, pitching tents, shifting gears, or being in any sort of hurry. 5 or 6 days alone on a bike on mostly rural roads sounds like an amazing time to me.