2. Plan Some Bike Camping.
A majority of Americans like to have their creature comforts with them when they camp, which has meant a big van or RV packed with provisions. Bike camping is a bit different, and is less accommodated at camp grounds – in fact, at the blog 2Cycle2gether, cycle touring couple Sheila and Kai frequently relate how camping spots on the west coast of the U.S. stick the bicycle campers in the worst – i.e. noisiest, least centrally located – spots of the campground. That’s because bike camping and touring used to be considered somewhat extreme – but $5 gas may cause all manner of new and renewed past-times to awaken our interest, and bike camping is probably one of them.
Bike camping doesn’t have to be bare bones – you can use all that money you didn’t spend on gas and ‘camp’ with your credit card at the motels that appeal along your route. The image of bike touring and camping will also likely be helped along by the publishing of the book Cycling Soujourner by Ellee Thalheimer. Thalheimer only does the state of Oregon in this first tome, but she gives you everything you need to know to have a pleasant time, with even a few select luxuries thrown in. One of the best parts of Cycling Sojourner is the packing lists that help you leave nothing behind. My first bike camping destination? Wine country, from a base of Champoeg State Park near Newburg, OR.
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