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Old 06-20-12, 06:48 PM
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Bicycle Camping Trip

Last week Thursday my wife and I went on a bicycle camping trip. 27 miles each direction with trailers.

I have the most wonderfullest, beautifullest, brilliantest, sexiest wife EVAR! My wife is such a trooper. She asked me months ago what I wanted to do for our anniversary and I suggested camping. She remembered that I'd said I wanted to go bike camping someday and she suggested that we do that... so I found a campground within reach.

The trip out per Google Maps was supposed to be 21 miles, but we missed a turn-off that wasn't marked and ended up going 6 miles extra. Due to not knowing the route at that point, and it getting dark, and combining that with the fact that my quads AND hamstrings were starting to cramp (I took most of the weight in my trailer), we got a bit worried before finally finding the park. We finally found it, found our campsite and were good for the evening.

Friday morning it became apparent that the tiny stoves we'd purchased were not cutting the mustard... well in truth they weren't heating the coffee - BOOOOOOO - and Friday afternoon I went down to the marina shop to buy some charcoal. Wife stayed back to gather firewood. On the way there, the thunderstorm we'd been hearing in the distance suddenly wasn't in the distance anymore. Summer thunderstorms are no joke here. I got back with a way-overpriced bag of charcoal to find my wife wandering around with her flatbed trailer gathering firewood, soaked to the skin. I asked her if she was alright and she grinned at me and said "I'm having a BALL!" It was a torrential downpour for about an hour, then seemed to clear up and go away. Seemed being the operative word.

Later, dinner was mostly cooked when the skies opened up and poured buckets of warm water on us... our frying pan was literally filling up with water as I tried to cook the last fish fillet. We sat there in the rain and ate our dinner with our pathetic little LED lantern valiantly struggling to light the table - and ultimately failing.

We retired under the eave of the bathrooms for a few minutes so that my wife could use the facilities and I could have a cigarette, to find a bunch of snow-birds hanging out and laughing at us, LOL. They were actually very nice.

Got back to the tent, pulled out the cards, scrabble and crossword puzzle book and hid out from the rain. After about 2 hours, the tent started leaking. Not bad for a $25 cheapie! Tent only leaked a little near the door and we used our only towel to squeegee water out of the sleeping bags at the feet. It was warm out (duh) so we stayed reasonably comfortable all night. Woke up to a beautiful morning.

For the ride home, we had been planning on taking the original route back, but were advised that most of the roads that way were gravel and dirt and wouldn't be good on a bike, so we came home the way we went. The last 8 miles after the rest stop were awful. The entire way back from there was a slight uphill grade, and we had about a 5mph headwind. Both of us were quite grumpy until we got back into town. That part sucked. Happy to get home though, and glad we did the trip. We'll be doing it again.

Packed and ready to go.



Rest stop about 8 miles out of town.


Home for the next 5 days.





Cypress tree in the middle of the lake.


The obligatory flat that had to be fixed before going home.


Loaded and on the way home.
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Old 06-20-12, 08:18 PM
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I'm itching for a camping trip too. I broke some ribs in the early spring, so couldn't do any camping. But I'm largely healed now. The weather is decent, if a little too hot.

Last year I did a couple of 80 mile roundtrips to a county park on the Des Moines River. Basically 40 miles up on a new trail. Overnight camping. 40 miles back next day.

I use 4 panniers and my sleeping pad on the rear rack. 2-person tent and some lightweight sleeping equipment.



I do like those trailers though. Pretty neat looking.

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Old 06-20-12, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by gerv View Post
I'm itching for a camping trip too. I broke some ribs in the early spring, so couldn't do any camping. But I'm largely healed now. The weather is decent, if a little too hot.

Last year I did a couple of 80 mile roundtrips to a county park on the Des Moines River. Basically 40 miles up on a new trail. Overnight camping. 40 miles back next day.

I use 4 panniers and my sleeping pad on the rear rack. 2-person tent and some lightweight sleeping equipment.



I do like those trailers though. Pretty neat looking.
That's a nice looking rig.
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Old 06-20-12, 11:06 PM
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Where did you keep the beer lol.
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Old 06-20-12, 11:38 PM
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^Great touring rig.
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Originally Posted by Scotiascotia View Post
Where did you keep the beer lol.
Me, or Gerv?

If you mean me, check the blue soft-sided cooler on the front of my wife's flatbed trailer. That was full of beer.

She told me: "I've got the tent, the sleeping bags and the beer. If we get separated, I'm good."
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Looks like fun! We enjoy bicycle camping too.



This is my usual camping load. My husband carries tent, stove and two kids on his bike. Although this summer I think we're going to take a short trip and let the older kiddo pilot himself. He has trouble when we get past 15-20 miles, though, and our favorite camping haunts are all in the 30-50 mile range. Gotta see if I can find something closer to home . . .
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Love bike camping, love camping in general. Just don't get to do enough of it!

I just recently finished a expedition bike build up for some planned trips this fall (too hot in the summer). We have a couple of state parks that have campsites that are only accessible by MTB or hiking. Can't wait to get out there.

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Originally Posted by CarFreeFam4 View Post
Looks like fun! We enjoy bicycle camping too.



This is my usual camping load. My husband carries tent, stove and two kids on his bike. Although this summer I think we're going to take a short trip and let the older kiddo pilot himself. He has trouble when we get past 15-20 miles, though, and our favorite camping haunts are all in the 30-50 mile range. Gotta see if I can find something closer to home . . .
Wow... that is one cool setup (as long as I'm not the one peddling it...)

Do you find the front end kind of floats?
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That's so friggin awesome that even you don't know! Mad props on an anniversary WELL spent,my friend!

Our 20th is coming this October,and (especially with recent marrital issues worked through) with my Wife showing her first eve real interest in learning to ride to "share that world with me",I'd LOVE to do something similar. Awesome trip you had,my friend,awesome
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Congratz on your first bike camping trip! I just got back from Asia a month ago after 10 months of cycling touring and looking forward to exploring my own country for a change!
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Originally Posted by Fasteryoufool View Post
Last week Thursday my wife and I went on a bicycle camping trip. 27 miles each direction with trailers.

I have the most wonderfullest, beautifullest, brilliantest, sexiest wife EVAR! My wife is such a trooper. She asked me months ago what I wanted to do for our anniversary and I suggested camping. She remembered that I'd said I wanted to go bike camping someday and she suggested that we do that... so I found a campground within reach.

The trip out per Google Maps was supposed to be 21 miles, but we missed a turn-off that wasn't marked and ended up going 6 miles extra. Due to not knowing the route at that point, and it getting dark, and combining that with the fact that my quads AND hamstrings were starting to cramp (I took most of the weight in my trailer), we got a bit worried before finally finding the park. We finally found it, found our campsite and were good for the evening.

Friday morning it became apparent that the tiny stoves we'd purchased were not cutting the mustard... well in truth they weren't heating the coffee - BOOOOOOO - and Friday afternoon I went down to the marina shop to buy some charcoal. Wife stayed back to gather firewood. On the way there, the thunderstorm we'd been hearing in the distance suddenly wasn't in the distance anymore. Summer thunderstorms are no joke here. I got back with a way-overpriced bag of charcoal to find my wife wandering around with her flatbed trailer gathering firewood, soaked to the skin. I asked her if she was alright and she grinned at me and said "I'm having a BALL!" It was a torrential downpour for about an hour, then seemed to clear up and go away. Seemed being the operative word.

Later, dinner was mostly cooked when the skies opened up and poured buckets of warm water on us... our frying pan was literally filling up with water as I tried to cook the last fish fillet. We sat there in the rain and ate our dinner with our pathetic little LED lantern valiantly struggling to light the table - and ultimately failing.

We retired under the eave of the bathrooms for a few minutes so that my wife could use the facilities and I could have a cigarette, to find a bunch of snow-birds hanging out and laughing at us, LOL. They were actually very nice.

Got back to the tent, pulled out the cards, scrabble and crossword puzzle book and hid out from the rain. After about 2 hours, the tent started leaking. Not bad for a $25 cheapie! Tent only leaked a little near the door and we used our only towel to squeegee water out of the sleeping bags at the feet. It was warm out (duh) so we stayed reasonably comfortable all night. Woke up to a beautiful morning.

For the ride home, we had been planning on taking the original route back, but were advised that most of the roads that way were gravel and dirt and wouldn't be good on a bike, so we came home the way we went. The last 8 miles after the rest stop were awful. The entire way back from there was a slight uphill grade, and we had about a 5mph headwind. Both of us were quite grumpy until we got back into town. That part sucked. Happy to get home though, and glad we did the trip. We'll be doing it again.

Packed and ready to go.

I coulda SWORN I'd commented on this,but oh well-This is one of the AWESOMEST posts I've read in a long time,my friend! I LOVE the thought of doing similar with my wife She's been a non-rider all of the time I've known her,but now (and after having recently began working through some marrital issues) she shows great interest in "being a part of my world" of cycling. We'll be workingto teach her how to ride starting this weekend on her days off,and with our 20th anniversary coming this October,as well as tat Ive gathered some camping gear and already tested on a 65+ mile round trip rail trail camping ride,we're already talking about doing something like this together this year.

AWESOME trip,my friend,thank you much for sharing an putting a huge smile on this riders face
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I did,I DID comment on this thread,LOL! I didn't realise it was double posted in different sections,hahaha! Hey,at least my memory ain't gone too far off the eep end yet,eh?
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
You're ready for BRAA. Bicycle Ride Around Arkansas (BRAA). It's in April. There is also a Training BRAA.
I see what you did there.
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Originally Posted by gerv View Post
Wow... that is one cool setup (as long as I'm not the one peddling it...)

Do you find the front end kind of floats?
Yeah, it is quite a load. I would never tour with such a set-up, but for just one 30-50 mile ride it's doable. The coming home is always easier. We live at sea level, so going anywhere is uphill and coming home is back down.

The front end does float a bit, can develop of a bit of a wiggle sometimes. I have to be careful about how I load it. As long as I keep the majority of the weight in the front half of the bags/deck it's not too bad to manage. I really have just grown accustomed to how it handles because I ride with my kids on the bike most of the time anyway. The two of them add up to about 150 lbs now, so that's what I carry on a regular basis.
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Originally Posted by Fasteryoufool View Post
Me, or Gerv?

If you mean me, check the blue soft-sided cooler on the front of my wife's flatbed trailer. That was full of beer.

She told me: "I've got the tent, the sleeping bags and the beer. If we get separated, I'm good."
She carried the beer, what a keeper she is hombre!
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