Intro: 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.
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.