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It’s National Bike Month – 3 Weird Ways to Celebrate

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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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First photo from jack satta via flickr; second photo from jjay69 via flickr; third photo from greta red via flickr

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11:09PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Bike camping now why didn't I think of that, thanks for the idea.

3:09AM PDT on May 27, 2012

thanks

10:06AM PDT on May 26, 2012

Thanks

6:42AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Very good article. Other cities should use Portland as a role model, especially NYC, which is claiming to be a very "green" city.

6:42AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Very good article. Other cities should use Portland as a role model, especially NYC, which is claiming to be a very "green" city.

4:47PM PDT on May 23, 2012

thanks

2:03PM PDT on May 23, 2012

thanks.

10:42AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Sell your car and use the bike.

9:24AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Where is it written that we have to own a car and spend hours stuck in traffic, belching greenhouse gases and even shooting at each other? We can easily go places on stress-free public transportation and get some exercise by biking, as its done in other developed and undeveloped countries. We have to get over our addiction to cars if only to stop global warming.

5:09AM PDT on May 23, 2012

I am lucky enough to live close enough to work (volunteer but oh well) to be able to walk to work. So I don't expect to take up biking.

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