Introduction: Camping: on a Bike & Low Budget!
Frustrated by my employment situation (or lack of), I decided to check out the vast lands and great people of Texas. With the help of some friends, I scrapped as little gear as possible together, and out the door I went.
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Step 1: Gear & "Cooking Supplies"
Fishing tackle, binoculars, flash light, multi tool, water key, spoon, "cook ware", & condiments.
Step 2: Hygiene
Soap, deodorant, lip balm, tooth paste, tooth brush (with shotgun shell cover)
Step 3: Food Stuffs & Cooking Of
Ramen noodles, tuna, salmon, chicken, summer sausage, & peanut, hazelnut, & almond butter.
I never had a fire because I camped any where I need to. This is how I made my meals:
-Crush the ramen in the bag, place in "cook ware" with water, & simply let it sit.
-Add the desired meat, condiments, & stir
The peanut, hazelnut, & almond butter I sucked out of the package to cure my horrible sweet tooth.
Step 4: Not Just Trash Bags!
- As I road toward the end of a day I would collect a box for a bed mat and stuff it in the handlebars till I found my destination.
-Get in 1st bag and tie the bag to your sides using a belt loop.
-Poke a hole in the bottom the 2nd bag and put your head through it.
-Use a shoe for a pillow
-Depending on the weather, you may need to poke some holes in the bag. (You will cook like a turkey!)
-Fill bag with water and tie a knot to close it.
-Hang from a tree using the knot at 2 branches.
-Get ready to shower.
-Use a small stick to poke several holes in the bag and SHOWER!
-You can make a large meal for several people using my same cooking methods as mentioned before.
Foul Weather Gear
-Using the same method for the top half of your sleeping bag, makes a killer rain poncho.
Step 5: A Few Things I Didn't Mention.
I live in Arizona. When I'm on my bike, I wear a backpack with a water bladder and a hat. I carry a smart phone, knife, lighter, P38 & a water key on my key chain. My bag on the handle bars carries bike tools, a pre-Slimed tube, lights, & pen and paper. A pump and water bottle are on the frame.
Never was I out of water more than a couple of hours in Texas. Not one time did a person not let me get water. (God bless Texas) Did I always ask? Yes, or I tried to and that's where the water key comes into play. Just about every commercial building has a Silcock box or a hose bib that needs a key. (see photos) I generally don't pay for water on the road and I've never had security or management issues WHEN USING THE PROPER TOOLS AND ASKING for water.
Participated in the
Summer Camping Challenge